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  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn’t complete. Don’t fret — you aren’t alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping…

  • Kurds advance against IS group in Syria’s Kobani

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Kurdish official and an activist group say Kurdish fighters have advanced in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman…

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it…

  • Ruble crisis threatens Kontinental Hockey League

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America. As the league planned to expand…

  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants…

  • China’s leader cautions against external forces

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby…

  • Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

    PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht”…

  • Vonn wins women’s World Cup downhill in France

    VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race Saturday on the same course where she re-injured her troublesome right knee one year ago, clinching a 61st career victory…

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman’s home.…

  • LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his…

  • Robbers strike at Berlin’s famed KaDeWe store

    BERLIN (AP) — Police say robbers struck at Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store, smashing display cases and running off with their loot. Police spokeswoman Heidi Vogt said the luxury department store on glitzy Kurfuerstendamm avenue…

  • Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola…

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place…

  • Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean…

  • Sexologist’s revelation spurs discussion in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A leading Chinese sexologist’s revelation that she’s been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China’s largely invisible and marginalized transgender community. Li Yinhe…