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  • Obama touches down in Hawaii for annual vacation

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama is kicking off his annual winter vacation in his birthplace of Hawaii. Air Force One touched down late Friday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the president,…

  • Things to know about Friday’s baseball news

    There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:…

  • 2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of…

  • Pakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said. In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani…

  • Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush’s national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against…

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US

    The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement…

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill…

  • 5 things to know about year-end tax breaks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season.…

  • Top 25 Capsules

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored 15 points to help No. 3 Arizona survive a scare in its first true road game of the season, pulling away late for a victory against UTEP.…

  • Johnson helps No. 3 Arizona get past UTEP, 60-55

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson wanted to know how he’d play in his first true road game. The answer was pretty good. Johnson scored 15 points to help No. 3 Arizona…

  • Portis elevating into leadership role for Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Bobby Portis looked around following a first-half dunk against Dayton, letting out an excited scream heard throughout Bud Walton Arena. If ever there was a moment that showed how far…

  • NHL Capsules

    DETROIT (AP) — Anders Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period, and the New York Islanders went on to a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Friday night.…

  • Rams Mason looks to rebound after losing first fumble

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tre Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per carry last week. A critical lost fumble hurt the most for the St. Louis Rams’ rookie running back, and he is looking for a…

  • Lacy, others probable for Packers at Tampa Bay

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — With two games left, the Green Bay Packers are playing to win out. Green Bay (10-4) can lock up a sixth-straight postseason berth as early as Sunday, when it plays…

  • Colts deciding who plays after reaching playoffs

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts have a problem many NFL teams wish they had: Who to play after clinching a playoff spot with two games left in the regular season. Indianapolis would like to use…