• 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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  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…

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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
  • Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by delays

    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live and Sony Corp's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility. The group, called Lizard Squad, could not be reached for comment, and the companies did not give a reason for the…

    Reuters
  • Rogers, Watson out for fifties in 3rd Australia vs India Test

    Chris Rogers and Shane Watson scored half-centuries as Australia were made to work after winning the toss on the opening day of the third Test against India in Melbourne on Friday. Rogers hit his third straight half-century of the series and Watson made 52 in a 115-run stand before they were…

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  • 6 Times Holiday Decorations Turned into Disasters

    Each winter, many people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments and tinsel.

    LiveScience.com
  • 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
  • Potential Revel casino buyer wants discount

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Florida developer in line to purchase the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says in court filings that the auction for the property wasn't run fairly and he wants an $8 million discount.

    Associated Press
  • A Lion Lifted From a Well, a Sea Otter Learns to Swim, and More: 2014’s Top 10 Animal Rescues Caught on Camera

    Looking for a heartwarming animal rescue story this holiday season? How about 10?

    Takepart.com
  • 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