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  • Bay Area officer unions decry anti-police sentiments

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Presidents of the three biggest Northern California police unions have published an open letter warning that recent anti-police rhetoric and sentiments are threatening officers' safety. The letter was published Tuesday on the unions' Web sites and social media pages. It was...

  • Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his 1977 sex case when a judge rejected a motion for a new hearing. A nine-page order issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin states that Polanski's claims of judicial misconduct cannot be...

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding modestly to its gains a day after closing above 18,000 for the first time. It was the Dow's sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday....

  • Irish court mulls rights of dead woman vs. fetus

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — A lawyer representing a 17-week-old fetus living inside the clinically dead body of its mother told a Dublin court Wednesday that the unborn child's right to life trumps the woman's right to a dignified death. Conor Dignam, representing the fetus on behalf of the state, made his...

  • Russia in offer to help firms with foreign debts

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — With inflation showing clear signs of picking up, Russia's central bank said Wednesday it will look to help companies with their foreign debts — a move it hopes will ease the pressure on the national currency. Following on from other measures to stabilize the ruble, such as a big...

  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital


    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening after experiencing a shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a "precaution," according to spokesman Jim McGrath. He "will...

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014


    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady took up a personal campaign for...

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls


    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down — in part because...

  • Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing


    DENVER (AP) — Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most. So he moved to Denver, where legal pot...

  • SKorean prosecutors to arrest 'nut rage' official


    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case. Seoul Western Prosecutors' Office said Wednesday...

  • Russia: NATO pushed Kiev to drop nonaligned status


    MOSCOW (AP) — NATO members pushed Ukraine toward dropping its nonaligned status, Russia claimed Wednesday, and also criticized the alliance for expanding its military presence near Russian borders. Ukraine's parliament abandoned the nonaligned position Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a bid...

  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills 24 people near Baghdad


    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his payload among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen near the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people. The attacker mingled with the militiamen as they gathered at a military base in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers...

  • 2 men throw acid on woman in Indian capital


    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two men riding a motorcycle threw acid on a woman in a crowded neighborhood in New Delhi, causing serious injuries, police said Wednesday. The attack was captured on closed-circuit TV and was being investigated, police officer Suresh Chand said. It took place Tuesday when the...

  • UPDATE: Light snow reported in Oklahoma City early Wednesday, sunshine ahead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Sunshine is supposed to return to Oklahoma Wednesday and Christmas Day Thursday. But light snow was falling early Wednesday in central Oklahoma. Winds will be gusty both days as temperatures warm up for Christmas Day.

  • Firefighters extinguish small apartment fire Wednesday in southwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    An apartment fire was reported in southwest Oklahoma City. The fire was at 20 SW 23


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