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

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For six years, Sam Kass cooked up policy as well as meals for President Barack Obama and his family. He was not only their personal chef but also senior adviser for nutrition policy, giving him a seat at the table where administration officials hashed out everything from updated…

    Associated Press
  • Jordan jet was not shot down by IS group: US military

    The United States dismissed Wednesday a claim by the Islamic State jihadist group that it had shot down a Jordanian F-16 fighter flying with US-led coalition forces, which crashed in eastern Syria. "Evidence clearly indicates that ISIL did not down the aircraft as the terrorist organization is…

    AFP
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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.…

    Yahoo News
  • Former NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China

    BEIJING (AP) — After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball.

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  • Nigerian girl, 14, recounts would-be suicide bombing

    A 14-year-old Nigerian girl who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body told journalists Wednesday that her parents volunteered her to take part in a suicide attack. The girl, who was identified as Zahra'u Babangida, was arrested in Kano on December 10 following a double suicide bombing…

    AFP
  • Saudi issues 'final warning' on high-speed rail project

    Saudi Arabia has given a "final warning" to avoid delays on an $8.2 billion high-speed rail project which Spanish and Saudi firms are helping to build. The Haramain High Speed Rail system is to transport Muslim pilgrims, as well as regular travellers, 450 kilometres (280 miles) between the holy…

    AFP
  • Shooter kills man in Louisiana mall on Christmas Eve

    (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a New Orleans-area mall still busy with shoppers on Christmas eve, killing a man before he was taken into custody, police said on Wednesday. Gary François, 25, fired multiple shots at 24-year-old James Vaughn, who had just made a purchase at a Foot Locker…

    Reuters
  • Grisly finds in Iraqi Yazidi village wrested from militants

    HARDAN, Iraq (AP) — After he fled from this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet four months ago, Hayder Khalef got panicked phone calls from his relatives who had remained behind. They were at that moment being led by Islamic State group gunmen toward a checkpoint on the edge of town.

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  • Pennsylvania police find head on rural road, seeking body to match

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - An aerial search for the embalmed body of a woman whose head was recovered this month along a lonely rural road was due to begin on Tuesday, police in western Pennsylvania said. Police in the borough of Economy, 22 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, said they…

    Reuters
  • Watch the Inspiring Reality Check Eric Garner's Daughter Gave on the Slain NYPD Officers

    Protesters took to the streets of New York City on Tuesday night, despite appeals from Mayor Bill de Blasio for a few days of silence after a mentally ill man shot and killed two NYPD officers. 

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    First-Time Car Buyer Scammed by Man Who Placed Ad on Craigslist

    Sheriff`s investigators were searching Wednesday for a man who scammed a first-time car buyer from Lomita out of thousands of dollars after the victim answered an ad on Craigslist. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.

    KTLA - Los Angeles
  • Expats eyeing the exits after Russian ruble plunges

    The plunge of the ruble hasn't left only Russians shell shocked -- foreign workers from traders to maids are considering bailing out as Moscow turns from an El Dorado into a financial black hole. The phenomenon is not quantifiable nor is there anything to indicate an exodus of expatriates is under…

    AFP
  • ISIS: Western Journalist Embedded With Group Says He Came Into Contact With Americans

    The first Western journalist to spend time with ISIS since the launch of U.S. airstrikes in August says he has spent time with upwards of 14 Americans -- including one from New Jersey -- during the 10 days he spent inside the group's self-styled “Caliphate."In an interview with ABC News, German…

    ABC News
  • 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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  • When a deaf 15-year-old boy finally learns to speak, what does he say?

    Born without hearing, Patrick Otema has spent his life in silence. 

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

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

    Associated Press
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    Fresno police promising Christmas 'presence' for local gangs

    A city wide operation has led to the arrests of hundreds of gang members in Fresno and now police are ramping up tactical units ahead of the holidays.

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