• With pressure off, Cowboys top Redskins 44-17

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant broke franchise records Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys prepped for the playoffs with a 44-17 win over the Washington Redskins. The result was impressive but meaningless for postseason purposes unless at least one game played later in the day ended in a tie. Win or lose against Washington (4-12), NFC East champion Dallas (12-4) would get a first-round bye with losses by both Arizona and Seattle. Murray rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries, passing Emmitt Smith for the team single-season mark. Murray's 1,845 yards bettered Smith's 1,773 from 1995. Bryant caught scoring passes of 65 and 23 yards togive him 16 touchdown receptions on the season, breaking Terrell Owens' team r

  • 1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The Italian Navy said 190 of the 478 people on the ferry, sailing from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy, had been evacuated by late Sunday night. Most were airlifted by helicopter to other merchant vessels sailing nearby. "It will be a very difficult night. A night in which we hope we will be able to rescue all on board," Greek Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said in Athens.

  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar. ___ Q: What could have happened here? A: It is way too early to know for sure, but here are some options. The plane was in the safest part of flight — just 10 percent of fatal crashes from 2004 through 2013 occurred while a plane was at cruise elevation, according to a safety study published by Boeing in August. Passing through bad weather such as severe thunderstorms could have been a factor.

  • Murray breaks Smith's Cowboys season rushing mark

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    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — DeMarco Murray broke the franchise single-season rushing record for the Dallas Cowboys, passing Emmitt Smith in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Murray set the mark with a 32-yard run that included a nice cutback, leaving safety Ryan Clark flat-footed at the line of scrimmage. Smith rushed for 1,773 yards in 1995. Murray entered the season finale needing 29 yards to break the record. "I couldn't be happier for him," Smith said. "He is very deserving of this recognition. ... I am proud of him because I know how hard it is to do what he did this year. I am also proud because I've watched him bounce back from some injury setbacks in his first few years.

  • AirAsia plane carrying 162 lost in stormy weather

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy rain. The Malaysia-based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine. At the Surabaya airport, passengers' relatives pored over the plane's manifest, crying and embracing.

  • Arizona police officer killed; suspect dead

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    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A candlelight vigil was set for Sunday night in northern Arizona for a 24-year-old police officer who was fatally shot by a domestic violence suspect who then killed himself. Flagstaff Officer Tyler J. Stewart died Saturday at Flagstaff Medical Center shortly after the shooting, police said. Stewart is the second Flagstaff police officer to be killed in the line of duty. On June 21, 2000, Officer Jeff Moritz, 30, was killed after he pulled over a teenager who was driving around his neighborhood in a truck playing loud music. Stewart had responded to a domestic violence call at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he encountered the suspect — identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott — at a ho

  • McClain County house fire leaves one dead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Bonnie Hurdelbrink, 59, was killed after her house near Blanchard caught on fire early Sunday morning, according to the McClain County sheriff’s office.

  • 5 dead in apartment building fire near San Antonio

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    CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) — Five people have died after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills. Authorities say 11 other residents of the Wedgwood Apartments have been hospitalized after Sunday morning's fire and at least one is in critical condition. Some 150 residents were taken to a local high school. Bexar County Fire Marshall spokeswoman Laura Jesse says the cause of the three-alarm fire is under investigation but appears to have originated on the third floor. San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove says the fire is out. He added that the last time the San Antonio area saw a fire of this magnitude was in 2008 at Our Lady of the Lake Unive

  • Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this month, but other government and industry officials say they are likely to be delayed until January. Meanwhile, except for a small number of companies that have received FAA exemptions, a ban on commercial drone flights remains in place. Even after rules are proposed, it is likely to be two or three years before regulations become final. That's too long to wait, say drone industry offi

  • Oklahoma State baseball ranked 5th in poll

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    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State baseball team is ranked fifth in the nation in the Collegiate Baseball Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll. The Cowboys have five position players and 12 pitchers returning from last season's team that went 48-18 and won the Big 12 Conference, then advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. Defending national champion Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in the poll, followed by TCU, Virginia, LSU and OSU OSU opens the 2015 season Feb. 13 at Arizona State.

  • Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a pile of trash'

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown a "pile of trash in the middle of the street."

  • AP NewsAlert

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    ROME (AP) — Italy: 1 person dead, another injured in fire disaster on ferry bound from Greece to Italy.

  • The Year's 29 Most Spectacular Space Photos

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The year 2014 was a stellar one for spaceflight, what with ESA's Rosetta mission putting a robotic lander on a distant comet and NASA successfully testing its Orion spacecraft. But 2014 was also a great year for space photography.

  • 'Harry Potter' Star David Ryall Dies at 79

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Veteran British character actor David Ryall, who's best known to mainstream American audiences as “Harry Potter's” Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day. He was 79.

  • Fight breaks out in Opry Mills Mall food court

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Metro Police responded to reports of a large fight in the food court of Opry Mills Mall Saturday evening.

  • Retiring forecaster leaves grim task behind

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A weatherman who offered predictions in Arkansas for 40 years is stepping down at the end of the week. John Robinson has toiled behind the scenes at the National Weather Service since 1974. Since 1998, he's been in charge of making sure weather warnings reach their intended audience — and has had to log where every person in the state died because of bad weather. Robinson says tornado outbreaks in 1997, 1999, 2008 and last April stand out. He says that while technological advances have made the public safer, it's up to people to make sure they receive warnings and have a way to protect their lives. The meteorologist in charge at North Little Rock for the past 16 years, Renee Fair, is a

  • Indigent defense idea to get first test in US

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    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — A Texas county is set to be the first place in the U.S. to test the idea of allowing indigent defendants to choose their own court-appointed lawyers. Indigent defendants in Comal County, between Austin and San Antonio, will be able to choose a defense attorney from a list to 30 to 50 names pre-approved by the court. Legal experts say the new system may allow defendants to be more invested in their cases and encourage attorneys to provide quality service or risk losing future business. The program, funded by a $200,000 grant, will be tried for a year and then assessed. Indigent defense systems have long been criticized for large caseloads, inadequate funding and spotty quality.

  • In 83 speeches, senator pushes for climate change

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Like he did 82 times before, Sheldon Whitehouse stood on the Senate floor and preached the dangers of climate change. In his last speech before Congress adjourned, the senator warned that 2014 is on track to be the hottest year on record. It was a familiar sight: Whitehouse has given a speech about climate change each of the last 83 weeks Congress has been in session. He never has to give the same speech twice, he says — there are plenty of new angles to take on such a big problem. The Rhode Island Democrat's ever-changing, ever-present floor speeches — warnings over rising sea levels, warmer oceans, eroding coastlines and more — make him the Senate's loudest, most persistent voice

  • Indonesia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended for night; some boats still looking

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended for night; some boats still looking.

  • Kessler leads No. 24 USC to 45-42 win over Huskers

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — It wasn't until Nelson Agholor knocked down a desperation pass by Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. inside the 10 that Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian could exhale and celebrate. After blowing most of an 18-point, third-quarter lead, the No. 24 Trojans beat No 25 Nebraska 45-42 in a wild Holiday Bowl on Saturday night. "Nelson made a heck of a play to go attack the football," first-year coach Sarkisian said. "You can only get burned so many times, I guess. Let's just get the ball on the ground. And that's kind of what I was hoping for." Cody Kessler completed 23 of 39 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns for USC (9-4), which was playing Nebraska (9-4) in a bowl game for the first time.