• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Russia battles to contain Black Sea oil spill

    A Russian Black Sea city declared a state of emergency Thursday after a burst pipeline spewed oil into the landlocked water body, with stormy weather hampering cleanup efforts. The pipeline near the city of Tuapse burst late Tuesday, according to ChernomorTransneft, a subsidiary of Russia's main…

    AFP
  • Man shot with stun gun dies at 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.

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  • 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
  • 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…

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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
  • Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

    Two New York police officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a…

    Associated Press
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive. Immerse yourself in William Boyd’s new action-adventure, Th...

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Packers face Lions in marquee matchup

    The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions in one of several high-stakes contests in the final weekend of the National Football League's regular season. There are playoff spots and division titles to be determined including the critical Green Bay game which will see the winner earn the NFC North…

    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
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    Then and now: Devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, 10 years later

    On the morning of Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake tore open a vast stretch of sea bed off Indonesia's Sumatra coast. It displaced billions of tons of water, sending waves roaring across the Indian Ocean, in some places at jetliner speeds. It killed about 230,000 people in 14 countries.…

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