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  • Sweden’s PM: No early elections next year

    HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden’s prime minister said on Saturday there will be no early elections next year as the left-leaning government has reached an agreement with opposition parties on a budget proposal. Prime Minister Stefan…

  • Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad…

  • Japan’s Abe unleashes new stimulus to spur growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Saturday approved about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job creation, to help pull the world’s third-largest economy out of recession. The Cabinet endorsed…

  • Pilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus. It was before dawn on July 20,…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    North Korea compares Obama to monkey, blames US for Internet shutdown amid Sony hacking row SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for…

  • TSA screener faces up to 14 years in jail for stealing $10,000 from passengers

    WASHINGTON — A Transportation Security Administration screener at New York’s Kennedy Airport could be heading to prison for a lengthy sentence. Prosecutors say TSA agent Alexandra Schmid,34, stole $10,000 in cash from passengers. A judge in…

  • Man attacked with tire iron near Md. Porta Potty by ex-girlfriend, lovers

    WASHINGTON — A 32-year-old man is recovering after being attacked and nearly bludgeon to death with a tire iron near a Porta Potty. Montgomery County Police have arrested the victim Andres Hernandez’s ex-girlfriend and the…

  • The nation’s weather

    Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, December 27, 2014 A low pressure system will drift across the Great Lakes on Saturday, while a Pacific system will bring unsettled to the Northwest. An area of low pressure…

  • China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant

    BEIJING (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China…

  • Germany: Greece must stick to existing agreements

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister says any new Greek government would have to stick to agreements made by its predecessors — comments that come as Greece risks early elections that could bring an anti-bailout…

  • N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie “The Interview.” The North…

  • Wild Oats XI overtakes Comanche for Hobart race lead

    HOBART, Australia (AP) — Seven-time champion Wild Oats XI edged ahead of American super maxi Comanche on the second day of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with Comanche skipper Ken Read calling it…

  • Sports deaths in 2014

    Notable sports deaths in 2014: ___ Administrators: Peter Dalis, 76; Dave Strack, 90; John Toner, 91. ___ Auto Racing: Raymond Beadle, 70; Gary Bettenhausen, 72; John Bishop, 87; Jack Brabham, 88; Andrea de Cesaris, 55;…

  • Candlelight vigil held for slain grandmother

    WASHINGTON — A candlelight vigil was held Friday night in remembrance of a 67-year-old Frederick County woman who was found dying in her front yard. The vigil was held at Brunswick High School, where the…

  • Sports deaths: elegant Tony Gwynn, Jean Beliveau

    For one, the tool of choice was a bat. For the other, a stick. Tony Gwynn and Jean Beliveau died in 2014, unparalleled craftsmen who made the supremely difficult look almost easy. They played with…