• President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 8

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    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the eighth day of his family's holiday vacation in Hawaii on Friday: — MORNING AT HOME: President Obama stayed at his Kailua vacation home until late morning on a sunny day on Oahu. — BEACH TIME: Obama and the first family headed to Bellows Air Force Station to hit the beach for the third day in a row. As the motorcade arrived, several dozen beachgoers and families waved and flashed the "shaka" sign on a breezy day.

  • Report: Pilot errors led to presidential plane crash in '04

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    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A second probe into the plane crash that killed Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski a decade ago has conclusively decided that pilot error was to blame. Trajkovski, six other passengers and the two pilots were killed on February 26, 2004, when the plane crashed in thick fog and heavy rain on a mountainside near the Bosnian town of Mostar. Omer Kulic, the chief investigator in the joint Bosnian-Macedonian team, told reporters in the capital Skopje on Saturday that the probe had found "seven errors" by the pilots, including failure to inquire about weather conditions, reducing elevation to under 2,000 feet (600 meters), and turning off the auto-pilot.

  • Cops: 1 patient killed another at NYC psych center

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a patient at a state-run psychiatric center in New York City has been charged with killing another patient inside the facility. The New York Police Department said Saturday that 19-year-old Brett Smith of the Bronx has been charged with second-degree murder. Police say Smith was arrested after 51-year-old Leon Little was found unconscious inside the Bronx Psychiatric Center shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. Police say officers responding to a 911 call found Little unconscious and unresponsive with abrasions on his throat. He was pronounced dead at the center by emergency medical service workers. It wasn't immediately clear whether Smith had a lawyer.

  • Police: Man was locking, not stealing from cars

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    NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — It seemed an unlikely excuse from a man suspected of breaking into cars at an auto yard. But police say it appears a Norwalk man was being truthful when he insisted he was just checking the vehicles to make sure they were locked. Employees at Coating's Auto Body caught 20-year-old Alexander Louis Friday and held him for police. The Hour of Norwalk (http://bit.ly/1Evyf9h ) reports Louis told police he was simply making sure each car was locked and if he found one that wasn't, he would open the door and lock it. Police reviewed security video and found his story seemed to check out. They could find no evidence of him going into any of the cars or stealing anything. Louis isn't off the hook co

  • Browns suspend receiver Josh Gordon for violation

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon will end his troubled season just as it began — suspended. The Browns' enigmatic wide receiver was suspended Saturday for violating an unspecified team rule and will miss the finale in Baltimore. Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, served a 10-game suspension for repeated drug violations earlier this year. A person familiar with the situation said Gordon was suspended for missing a morning walk-through in Berea before the team flew to Baltimore. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed the reason for Gordon's punishment. Gordon was late getting onto the practice field Friday, and he emerged from the team's facility for the outdoor

  • CBJ activate Hartnell, make 2 other moves

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Scott Hartnell from injured reserve, added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate and assigned center Sean Collins to the AHL Springfield Falcons. Hartnell has missed the past five games with a broken finger suffered on Dec. 11 at Washington. He has six goals and 11 assists with 39 penalty minutes in 28 games during his first season with the Blue Jackets. The 21-year-old Forsberg made his NHL debut on Nov. 1 at New Jersey and had 26 saves in a 3-2 loss. Collins is scoreless in two games with Columbus this season.

  • Captain-2-Captain: PSU's Ficken uses Jeter's former locker

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter's former No. 2 locker was the place holder for Penn State kicker Sam Ficken. Captain to captain, Ficken had the honor of using the retired Jeter's locker Saturday for the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium against Boston College. Ficken had the best season of his four-year career, making 23 of 28 field goals and connected on a 36-yarder as time expired for a 26-24 win the season opener against Central Florida. He is Penn State's special teams' captain. Unlike Jeter's range at shortstop, Penn State was counting on Ficken not to go wide left or wide right.

  • AAA says Oklahoma gas prices dip below $2 a gallon

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's statewide average price for a gallon of gasoline dipped below $2 Saturday, making it the second state in the nation to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009. The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state on Saturday was $1.997, AAA spokesman Michael Green said. On Friday, Missouri became the first state with an average gas price below $2 per gallon when the statewide average dipped to $1.98. Missouri's statewide average on Saturday had dipped even further to $1.96, according to AAA. The national average gas price was $2.

  • Authorities question Cubs' Castro after shooting

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    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic questioned Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro after a nightclub shooting Saturday morning in which several people were injured. Police spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Castro was one of six people initially detained and has been released. He said police searched Castro's house and that the investigation is ongoing. Paul Kinzer, Castro's agent, said his client went to the police on his accord to make sure they knew he wasn't involved. "They said they had video and they knew he wasn't involved," Kinzer said. The shooting occurred in the northwest province of Montecristi, where the 24-year-old Castro is from. Mateo said at least four peopl

  • Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama's potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own. At times this year, Obama seemed ready to move on as well. He rebelled against the White House security "bubble," telling his Secret Service detail to give him more space.

  • 2 people arrested in Ottawa mall shooting released

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    OTTAWA (AP) — Two people arrested in connection with a Boxing Day shooting at a shopping mall in Ottawa have been released without being charged. Police said Saturday they are still looking for two suspects after a man was wounded in the foot on a pedestrian walkway at the Tanger Outlets mall on Friday. The shooting occurred on Boxing Day, one of Canada's busiest shopping days of the year. The shooting sent frightened shoppers and employees ducking for cover. Duty Inspector Mark Patterson said the victim was known to police and was not co-operating with investigators. The mall re-opened Saturday after management closed it Friday to give store employees a chance to recover from the incident.

  • Snow hits Nebraska, northeastern Iowa

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A system that left close to 5 inches of snow in parts of central and northern Nebraska, as well as parts of northeast Iowa, came a day too late for a white Christmas. Snow began falling in Nebraska on Friday, sweeping up to the northeast and into Iowa overnight into early Saturday. The National Weather Service says the system dropped 4 inches of snow at St. Paul in central Nebraska and nearly 5 inches in western Knox County on the South Dakota border. In Iowa, a National Weather Service map shows an area around Northwood near the Minnesota border getting more than 4.5 inches of snow. Most other areas in northern Iowa saw anywhere from a dusting to 3 inches of snow, while western Iowa got 1 to 2 inch

  • Greek leftists won't run deficits, policymaker says

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A leftist Greek government won't run deficits, but will pursue fiscal consolidation, the main opposition party's chief economy policymaker said Saturday. "Fiscal consolidation? Of course, yes, but in our way, in a way which places the burden on those who can pay," John Milios, chief economist for the opposition Syriza Party's Economic Policy Committee, told The Associated Press. Speaking two days before a crucial parliamentary vote for Greek president will determine whether the country will go to early elections in January or February, Milios appeared certain Greece is headed for early elections that will result in a stable Syriza majority.

  • Jets place S Miles on IR, promote WR Enunwa

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    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed safety Rontez Miles on the injured reserve list and promoted wide receiver Quincy Enunwa from the practice squad. The Jets announced the move Saturday, a day before their season finale at Miami against the Dolphins. Miles spent most of the season on the practice squad. He needed emergency leg surgery last week after hurting his shin area in a collision with a teammate in practice. Enunwa was a sixth-round draft pick out of Nebraska last May and spent the first 15 games on the practice squad. He had a domestic violence charge against him dismissed in court in October after an incident at a hotel near the team's facility Aug. 31. ___ AP NFL website: www

  • John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

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    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said. The surprise visit by Mehmet Ali Agca, believed to be his first time in the Vatican since the assassination attempt, lasted a few minutes, a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the blossoms were later removed by basilica workers. Benedettini said there are no legal matters pending against Agca in the Vatican and he was free to visit. Agca's trip came on the 31st anniversary of his meeting with the pope. John Paul, who forgave his attacker, visited Agca in a Rome prison on Dec.

  • Snow returns to the Twin Cities

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winter is back in the Twin Cities after a storm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of the metro area Friday night. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1xqA5F8 ) snow totals Saturday morning ranged from 3.6 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to 6 inches in Little Canada, Circle Pines and Farmington. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 310 crashes statewide overnight. Thirty-nine accidents involved injuries and one person died in a crash in Blue Earth County. The snow was expected to taper off by midday Saturday with colder temperatures on tap for the next few days, including below-zero temperatures overnight Monday and Tuesday. ___ Information from: Star Tr

  • US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

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    HAVANA (AP) — A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at a coveted visa. The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente — transforming the complex into a full embassy that would reflect the Obama administration's hopes of new influence on the communist island. Roberta Jacobson, assistant U.S.

  • UMaine in business of certifying turbine blades

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    ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine has tested its largest wind turbine blade to date. UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center completed static strength testing this month of a 184-foot-long wind turbine blade built in North America for a Spanish company. Juan Diego Díaz, marketing director for Gamesa, which produced the blade, said North America is a logical place for product development and to support commercial opportunities in the region. He says the company was impressed by the UMaine center's "testing quality, safety and attention to detail." UMaine composites center director Habib Dagher says the center is honored to have served one of the world's leading wind turbine manufacturers.

  • Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above. But he's there — up high on the right or rather, stage left — playing guitar in just about the same place he's been for every one of the 10,000 shows come Saturday in the 21-year history of "Mystere" as he and the rest of the band tie the music and sound effects to action on stage. That's right. He's never missed a day of work. It never occurred to the 62-year-old musician to do otherwise.

  • 3 special Christmas gifts for Pa. couple: Triplets

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    HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania couple got three special gifts on Christmas: Triplets. PennLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/146ypDS ) the babies arrived Thursday at a hospital in Hershey. The newborns were two months early. They include a boy named Eoin (OH'-en) and identical twin girls named Claire and Avaree. Parents Courtney Stash and Justin Dwyer of Myerstown say twins run in both of their families. But Dwyer says he was overwhelmed when doctors told him about their trio. Stash says the girls, who weigh more than 3 pounds each, had virtually no health problems at birth. The boy, who weighs more than 4 pounds, needed some oxygen assistance but is OK now.