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  • 2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. With a diplomatic showdown looming this…

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish have officially converted their civil partnership into a marriage. The ceremony took place exactly nine years after they entered into a civil partnership. The…

  • Republicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could…

  • Egypt President awards medal to retired spy chief

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has awarded the country’s intelligence chief one of the state’s highest awards after ordering his retirement. Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, a longtime mentor of el-Sissi, was seen as…

  • Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs”…

  • Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers’ cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said. The incident took place in a settlement area near…

  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37,…

  • Novak’s 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season…

  • Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed…

  • World Cup races moved within Austria due to lack of snow

    VIENNA (AP) — The International Ski Federation is moving two women’s World Cup races in Austria from Semmering to Kuehtai because of a lack of snow. FIS initially canceled a giant slalom scheduled for Sunday…

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the…

  • Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of…

  • No bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attack

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party’s headquarters. A Madrid court said…

  • Hirscher beats Ligety for 3rd career win on Gran Risa

    ALTA BADIA, Italy (AP) — Marcel Hirscher beat Olympic champion Ted Ligety by a large margin to post his third career win on the Gran Risa course Sunday in a World Cup giant slalom race.…

  • Ex-mayor sworn in as Romania’s new president

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country’s new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended. Pro-Western Klaus Iohannis, 55, promises…