• Misspelled sign may have cost high school principal her job

    The message on the sign above the entryway to Public School Number 20 in Paterson, N.J., included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards.

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  • Pakistan cleric says anti-Taliban fight 'un-Islamic'

    The head of a hardline Islamabad mosque Friday called an army offensive against the Taliban "un-Islamic" and said the militants' massacre of 133 children was in retaliation for air strikes against them. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the assault as revenge for an ongoing military…

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  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have…

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    Cuba's retro rides

    The streets of Havana are still filled with cars that predate the 1959 communist revolution, having rolled off the assembly line decades before the U.S. auto industry's current crisis of steep losses in reputation and market share. They hark back to a time when Detroit's Big Three automakers were…

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  • Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Directing Brad Pitt in Love Scene for 'By the Sea'

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be back on screen together in "By the Sea," which is set to be released next year and features the famous duo as a couple.

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  • Vietnam 'Rat King' helps rice farmers fight costly vermin

    Grinning widely, Tran Quang Thieu brandishes the day's haul: 10 kilos of rats caught in rice paddies near Hanoi. A menace to Vietnam's rice crop, the vermin are regularly trapped -- and sometimes eaten. "It's hard to trap them, they're clever, they move fast and in Vietnam there are 43 different…

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  • Five dead, dozens sickened by listeria linked to caramel apples

    (Reuters) - Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, health officials said on Friday. A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for…

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  • Chrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks

    DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.

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  • Iraqi Kurds press fightback as top jihadist reported killed

    Nahyat al-Ayadhiya (Iraq) (AFP) - Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far on Friday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed. Kurdish peshmerga forces were securing the surroundings of Mount…

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  • Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

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  • Father of unlicensed driver in fatal crash denies having let her drive his SUV

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, crashed his SUV in an accident in Pennsylvania that killed three people denies having given her permission to drive the vehicle, his attorney said on Thursday. The father, Michael J. Ware, was charged…

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  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

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  • Pot Smokers Show Less Inflammation

    People who smoke marijuana may have lower levels of inflammation compared with people who have never smoked it, according to new research on one marker of inflammation. In the study, researchers examined data from more than 9,000 people on their history of marijuana use and their levels of…

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    Photos of the day - December 18, 2014

    Filipino cadets march on a parade during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 79th Anniversary celebration in Quezon city, eastern Manila, Philippines, boxer Carl Frampton pictured before the press conference to announce the IBF World Super Bantamweight Championship fight in Belfast, Northern…

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  • Why Mitt Romney may have the right response for Sony's 'The Interview'

    What should Sony Pictures Entertainment, reeling from an ongoing data hack, do after it recalls "The Interview" after mounting pressure from the hackers themselves?

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  • Hedge fund billionaire's wife will not contest divorce ruling

    LONDON (Reuters) - Jamie Cooper-Hohn, estranged wife of hedge fund billionaire Christopher Hohn, will not contest a divorce settlement announced last month that awarded her less than half the family fortune. Cooper said in a statement on Thursday she had chosen not to appeal the judgment, opting…

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  • Colombia village's 'curse' could hold Alzheimer's cure

    Yarumal, a Colombian village perched in the Andes Mountains, has a high incidence of a genetic mutation that predisposes its population to Alzheimer's -- a bleak heritage that scientists now hope could help lead to a treatment to prevent the disease. Jairo is just 49 but his brain has already been…

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  • Skeleton from Greek mystery tomb to be identified next month

    Details on the identity of a mystery skeleton found in a massive tomb dating from the era of Alexander the Great in Greece are to be revealed next month, the culture ministry said Friday. The discovery in November of the skeleton inside the huge fourth century BC structure -- the largest tomb ever…

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  • Pakistan Army strikes back hard after school massacre by Taliban

    Pakistani Army officials said today they struck Taliban targets near the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 77 militants, days after the Taliban massacred children at a school in what may be a defining moment for the nation. 

    Christian Science Monitor