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  • Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry

    Updated: 40 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release. "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as...

  • Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

    Updated: 53 min ago

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota say they hope to offer help to local governments struggling to provide public services in the booming Northern Plains oil patch. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is proposing to change the formula for oil and gas tax...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at least 29 illnesses in 10 states have been linked to an outbreak of the deadly bacteria....

  • 'Sons of Liberty' tells tale of America's founders

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Don't let the powdered wigs and oil paintings fool you: Samuel Adams, John Hancock and the other eventual Americans who changed the course of history were a ragtag band of secretive and sometimes mischievous young radicals. Just ask Paul Revere, aka actor Michael Raymond-James,...

  • NORAD 'tracks' Santa's journey across globe

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command pretended to monitor Santa Claus as he made his storybook Christmas Eve flight, saying they used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to the Americas....

  • 2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the...

  • Iran dismisses Khomeini link to pope shooting

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II. The Turkish gunman earlier this week reiterated in a Serbian TV interview the claims he made in his book "They Promised Me...

  • More protests sparked after shooting near Ferguson

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him. Dozens of protesters held a vigil late Wednesday at the gas station in the St. Louis suburb where...

  • Image of Asia: Sunny Christmas on Sydney beach

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    In this photo by Rick Rycroft, British traveler Dabriella Quayle rides the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Sunny weather and temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) brought out locals and tourists to Australia's iconic beach, where lifesavers and many...

  • Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sam Kass cooked up policy as well as meals for President Barack Obama and his family for six years. He was not only their personal chef but also their senior adviser for nutrition policy, something new for a White House chef. The title gave him a seat at the table where...

  • A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was killed in August. Here's a glance at the circumstances in each case: ___ MICHAEL BROWN Michael Brown,...

  • Police: 2 shot after fight at Chicago train station

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three people have been wounded, two critically, in a shooting at a Chicago Transit Authority train stop. Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Amina Greer says the shooting occurred on the mezzanine level of a Red Line "El" station on the city's South Side. She says a...

  • Leaders call for calm after police shooting near Ferguson

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. A crowd of about...

  • California's governor issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said. Brown retracted the pardon issued...

  • Dreaming of a white Christmas? Go West

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — If it's a white Christmas you're after, you'd better follow this familiar advice: Go West. Snow will be falling in the western U.S. on Thursday, with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in the valleys up to a foot in higher elevations in northern California, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and...

  • AP PHOTOS: Lights and smiles mark the coming of Christmas

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    As Christmas Eve turns into Christmas Day, lights in every color shine through the night around the world. Colored bulbs decorate buildings from Ahmadabad, India. Candles illuminate the faces of the faithful at a church in Beijing, China. And Santa Claus floats on a boat full of twinkling lights...

  • Christmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mall

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man who was shopping at a suburban New Orleans mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police said. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, less than two hours before the Oakwood Center mall in Gretna was scheduled to...

  • CDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposure

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said. The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into...

  • A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was killed in August. Here's a glance at the circumstances in each case: ___ MICHAEL BROWN Michael Brown,...

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader...

  • Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, you round up a few aides and make common cause on the golf course. Both vacationing this...



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