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  • Tips for getting through a rough flu season

    WASHINGTON — It’s the holiday present nobody wants. A lot of adults and children in the area are coming down with the flu. A quick look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu surveillance map tells the tale.  Flu is widespread in Maryland, while there are regional outbreaks reported in Virginia and  sporadic cases…

  • Holiday gift guide for the food lover

  • Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

    TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and sending a group of hikers to scramble to safety, leaving nine injured and one missing, an official said. Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot thick gray smoke up to 2,000…

  • Italy’s anti-corruption czar to join Rome bid team

    ROME (AP) — Italy’s anti-corruption czar will join Rome’s bid team for the 2024 Olympics, a response to the widening mafia scandal in the capital. Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago made the announcement during a board meeting Thursday. Raffaele Cantone is slated to join the bid when his government mandate ends in October. Italian…

  • Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy. Lawyer Li Duilong said the Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing ordered the…

  • The nation’s weather

    Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, December 19, 2014 A strong Pacific system will impact the West Coast on Friday, while a separate system will develop along the Gulf Coast. A cold front will slam into the western third of the country on Friday. This system will bring moderate to heavy rain to northwest California, Oregon…

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city’s elite. The property magnate Thomas Kwok was convicted of conspiracy for making HK$8.5 million ($1.1 million) of payments to city official…

  • How to block creepy stalker ads

    PHOENIX — Q: Whenever I go shopping online, whatever I look at seems to follow me around the Internet.  How do I keep that from happening? A: The process used to accomplish what a lot of people refer to as creepy stalker advertising is known as re-marketing or behavioral re-targeting. What started as a way to…

  • Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have cordoned off streets around the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party and are searching for possible explosives after a man rammed his car into the building. A police robot could be seen close to the Genova Street office in downtown Madrid, and ambulances lined a nearby road in…

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

    ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ – Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit with 24-120mm lens): I couldn’t find anything to complain about the D750 after spending a few weeks with it. The…

  • Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s main opposition presidential candidate says the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election. Maithripala Sirisena said in a policy statement on Friday that Sri Lanka has not ratified the statute…

  • Jags’ Marks caps 21-13 win over Titans with sack

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Sen’Derrick Marks slipped by Andy Levitre, grabbed Charlie Whitehurst around the legs and dragged him to the ground. It was the most rewarding sack of Marks’ six-year career — literally. Forget that it came against his former team. Forget that it came on the final play of the game. Forget that…

  • German consumer confidence on the rise

    BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases. The GfK research group said Friday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 9 points for January from 8.7 points in December. GfK says consumers still have uncertainty over ongoing international…

  • 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old woman with wounds to the chest is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of…

  • Snyder learning that there’s never enough time

    MIAMI (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the season from varied perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. In this installment, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder provides an inside look. ___ Quin Snyder looks the same now as he did…