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  • Jackson leads Rice to Hawaii Bowl win

    HONOLULU (AP) — Driphus Jackson played his best game of the year by passing for 318 yards and three touchdowns, and Rice completed a remarkable turnaround with a 30-6 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday…

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

    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…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Sony Pictures broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke…

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears

    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…

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

    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…

  • NORAD ‘tracks’ Santa from Australia to S. America

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat…

  • Sony broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans

    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…

  • Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson

    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…

  • Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis…

  • Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader

    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…

  • President Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 5

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the fifth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Wednesday: — GYM SESSION: Obama got in another workout at…

  • USS Peleliu makes Christmas Eve homecoming

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Families eagerly greeted crewmembers as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu made a Christmas Eve homecoming to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific. Relatives waved…

  • 2013 champion has busy Christmas in Hobart race

    SYDNEY (AP) — The crew of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race’s defending champion Wild Oats XI spent most of Christmas Day on Sydney Harbour trying to make up for four days of lost preparation…

  • Sony statement on the on-demand release of ‘The Interview’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment issued the following statement Wednesday on the on-demand release of “The Interview”: “It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this…

  • Nicaragua moves to break highway blockade

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — National police special forces and soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Wednesday to clear a roadblock erected by residents in southern Nicaragua to protest a proposed transoceanic canal. National…