• Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a piece of trash in the middle of the street'

    The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown a "piece of trash in the middle of the street."

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  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the key developments:

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  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

    The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 162 people aboard less than an hour after taking…

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  • Five die in Kansas City after car hit by truck

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Police on Sunday were investigating an accident that killed five people, including three toddlers, when their car stopped on a Kansas City freeway and was struck from behind by a semi-truck. Two women and three children under the age of 3 died in the Saturday wreck on…

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    Greece ferry fire (20 photos)

    A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the…

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  • Tensions with New York City police go beyond racial issues: commissioner

    By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tensions between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police are rooted in issues that go beyond racial relations, the police commissioner said on Sunday, a day after the funeral of one of two officers slain a week ago as they sat in their patrol car. The…

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  • Arizona police officer, suspect killed in shootout

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon.

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  • Cops From Around Country Vow to Return for 2nd NYPD Funeral

    Police who came from around the country to attend the funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos vow to return for the service for his partner, who was killed alongside him.

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  • No. 8 Tennessee women beat No. 10 Oregon St 74-63

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison wasn't looking for an extended workout, but the Tennessee center got it all the same.

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  • Meet the Goats That Keep Christmas From Burning Down the House

    In the drought-stricken West, the smallest spark—a cigarette butt, an ember from a campfire—can kick up a wildfire. And with people dumping browning Christmas trees after the holidays, the combination can spell trouble.

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  • U.S. ready to help in search for missing AirAsia plane: State Department

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is ready to help with the search for a missing AirAsia plane, which lost contact with air traffic controllers on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday. "Authorities in the region are leading the search for the missing…

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  • Iranian senior commander killed in Iraq

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, the Guard said Sunday.

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  • Hippo jumps from moving truck in Taiwan, startling locals

    A hippo that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report spotting a dinosaur on the loose. Television footage showed the enormous animal lying on the road with a white fluid oozing from its eyes after it jumped…

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  • Turkish cargo ship sinks in Adriatic, 2 dead, 4 missing

    ROME (AP) — A Turkish cargo ship collided with another merchant vessel and sank near a foggy Italian port in the northern Adriatic on Sunday, killing two crew members and leaving four others missing in cold, rough seas, officials said.

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    3 new charges filed against mom of murdered Raleigh toddler

    The move came as Raleigh police said Friday a search of a northern Wake County lake led to the discovery of human remains that could be the boy.

    WTVD – Raleigh/Durham
  • Turkish teenager dies amid Kurdish infighting

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A teenager was shot and killed in southeastern Turkey on Saturday in clashes between members of a Kurdish Islamist party and youths linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), security sources said. The 15-year-old's death in the town of Cizre brought the number of…

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  • Some 1,250 migrants rescued in Mediterranean over Christmas

    ROME (Reuters) - Nearly 1,250 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials said on Friday. The migrants were rescued in four separate operations involving ships from Italy and other countries over the past four days…

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  • Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak dies

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68.

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  • Cavaliers big man Varejao undergoes surgery

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao underwent successful surgery Friday to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the club said, but the Brazilian star is not expected to return this season. Brian Donley performed the procedure following an injury that took place Tuesday, when Varejao…

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