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  • Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for continuing their campaign against Japanese whalers to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. In 2012, the court…

  • The nation’s weather

    Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, December 20, 2014 Unsettled weather will persist over the Northwest on Saturday, while a low pressure system will slide across the Gulf Coast. Several waves of low pressure will move…

  • Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach. He wants to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of maintaining a business-as-usual atmosphere…

  • After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet. Air Force One touched down late in…

  • South Dakota State comeback tops CS Bakersfield, 53-49

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) — George Marshall scored 18 points and South Dakota State rallied for a 53-46 win over Cal State Bakersfield in the World Vision Classic Friday night. Kevin Mays converted two free throws…

  • Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen…

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters…

  • Cuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear

    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami. But it’s not clear how many people will show up. Only…

  • 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.…