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Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

Sounds of Christmas carols drifted across no-man's land that separated British and German forces.

Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt

Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its... Read more »

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Theater shooter's parents plead for his life, say he is 'gripped by a severe mental illness'

The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether... Read more »

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Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than... Read more »

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Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there a Jesus Christ?

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As another Christmas approaches and the usual holiday laments are unpacked like so many old ornaments — there has always been one reassuring constant: The reason for the season is the birth... Read more »

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Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest. Read more »

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Prosecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied

Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday. Read more »

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Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed

The FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over... Read more »

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Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the... Read more »

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Editor's Picks: Top Ten Causes Stories for 2014

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This year's leading stories for the Causes beat covered everything from Israeli/Palestinian peacemaking to Hurricane Sandy reconstruction to service dogs. Read more »

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Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any... Read more »

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AP photos: In North Korea, the Kims are adored

that Kim Jong Un is the leader of his country is a gross understatement. In North Korea, he is regarded as the epitome of his country. Read more »

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'Is your job depressing?' Why it's a great time to be a poverty reporter

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Take it from a jaded reporter — the world is actually getting better. Fewer people are dying. Fewer people are hungry. For lots of people in the world, things are getting measurably better. Read more »

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2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was... Read more »

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Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments

Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview" Read more »

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Hack attack spurs call for more North Korea sanctions

Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's... Read more »

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Bowe Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials... Read more »

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U. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism'

The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday for unfairly tarnishing the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurting... Read more »

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Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre leaves 148 dead

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... Read more »

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Obama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America'

President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of... Read more »

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and... Read more »

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FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

Sepp Blatter says FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report in the bidding process. Read more »

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Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city

A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow. Read more »

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Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote

A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president, in the latest... Read more »

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AP Photos: 4 seasons in 1 war on WWI battlefields

A century on, the four seasons bring constant changes to the scarred landscapes and ruins of the World War I battlefields in Belgium and northern France. Read more »

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Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September. Read more »

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