• Wisconsin man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 tree

    WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.

    Associated Press
  • Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef also is hanging it up.

    Associated Press
  • Stranger Gives Defendant $983 in Courtroom so He Doesn't Become Felon

    A Portland man learned he had an angel attorney willing to give $983 to a complete stranger so a court wouldn't declare him to be a felon.

    ABC News
  • In Asia, 'The Interview' is watched illegally online, and panned

    SEOUL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of "The Interview" in China and South Korea on Friday, just hours after the controversial movie on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released in the United States. Most viewers said…

    Reuters
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    Father of boy in Raleigh Amber Alert search charged with murder

    Tristan Blue was reported missing from his home in the 5400 block of Portree Place in Raleigh on Wednesday.

    WTVD – Raleigh/Durham
  • Putin Cancels New Year's Holiday for Government Workers

    Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled the extended New Year holiday for government ministers because of the ongoing financial crisis, informing the agencies they must work to help strengthen the economy and take protectionary measures in the face of a combination of governmental mismanagement,…

    The Atlantic
  • Miami-based businessman becomes first to fly Etihad's flying hotel suite

    Meet Gino Bertuccio, the Miami-based businessman who’s purchased a spot in aviation history with the first ticket to fly Etihad Airways’ over-the-top, onboard hotel suite.

    AFP Relax News
  • Senior Chinese leader says Vietnam ties need 'correct path'

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants relations with Vietnam to proceed along a "correct path", a visiting senior Chinese leader said, vowing to improve mutual trust, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory…

    Reuters
  • Man shot with stun gun dies at US border crossing

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • US missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.

    Associated Press
  • Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."

    Associated Press
  • Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

    Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, aged in his late 20s, fainted when the ruling was read out late Wednesday in a court…

    AFP
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    Tragic loss leads to double gift of life this Christmas

    A North Valley couple has a special reason to celebrate this Christmas after the husband received a much needed-kidney transplant. But what makes this story even more remarkable is his connection to the donor.

    KABC – Los Angeles
  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.

    Associated Press
  • Four shot, one fatally, in downtown St. Louis

    (Reuters) - A shooting at a downtown St. Louis convenience store on Wednesday left one person dead and three others badly wounded, police said. Police said no suspects were in custody some five hours after the shooting, which was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time. A St. Louis Metropolitan…

    Reuters
  • Dozens of jihadists killed fighting Syria Kurds: monitor

    At least 44 members of the Islamic State group were killed in clashes with Kurdish forces in Syria on Thursday, a monitoring group said. Thirty of the jihadists were killed fighting against members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the village of Qassiab in Hasakeh province,…

    AFP
  • Two more NY men arrested for threatening police after officers killed

    (Reuters) - Two more men have been arrested for threatening New York police, including one who called the precinct headquarters of two officers killed as they sat in their patrol car and asked to speak to one of them, a police spokesman said on Thursday. The arrests bring to six the number of those…

    Reuters