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  • Protesters set off explosives, throw bricks after police officer shoots, kills 18-year-old in Missouri

    Violent protests broke out at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Mo., where an officer fatally shot an armed man who pointed a handgun at him, police said. Four people were arrested for assaulting police officers and at least two officers were treated for injuries.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • This is Lizard Squad, the nebulous hacker group now tied to the Sony hack

    Talk to any avid gamer these days and they’ll tell you about Lizard Squad.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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
  • 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
  • US Navy investigating soldier who claimed to have shot Bin Laden

    The former US Navy Seal who claims to be the soldier who fired the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden is being investigated for possibly leaking classified information, the US military confirmed. US Navy spokesman Ryan Perry said investigators were probing claims that Rob O'Neill had broken the law…

    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…

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  • Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

    If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s 2010 confirmation hearing. During an otherwise tense…

    The Atlantic
  • Lakers stun Warriors 115-105 without Kobe

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant wasn't anywhere in sight when the Los Angeles Lakers pulled off one of the most stunning upsets of the NBA season so far.

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    Photos of the day - December 23, 2014

    A three-month-old female lion named Dominjoon wears a Christmas hat during a Christmas event at the Everland amusement park in South Korea, a woman crosses a street decorated with New Year and Christmas illumination in the center of Moscow and a Brazilian nun pilgrims prays in the Church of the…

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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
  • Exclusive: U.S. minimum wage hikes to affect 1,400-plus Walmart stores

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minimum wage increases across the United States will prompt Wal-Mart Stores Inc to adjust base salaries at 1,434 stores, impacting about a third of its U.S. locations, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

    Reuters
  • Anger after latest police killing of black teen in US

    Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger Wednesday after an armed black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in a St Louis suburb, insisting the use of force was justified. The killing took place late Tuesday at a gas station in Berkeley, near Ferguson, Missouri -- ground zero of a…

    AFP
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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    The streets of New York City are filled with shoppers and visitors from distant places who were here to grab a slice of the Christmas Big Apple and the holiday spirit. (Yahoo News) Photography by Gordon Donovan Find more news-related pictures on our photo galleries page and follow us on Tumblr.

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