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  • Serving up joy at the Jewish Community Center

    WASHINGTON — One of the busiest spots in the area on this Christmas Day was the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center — where volunteers of all faiths offered a very special holiday gift to the…

  • Saints don’t blame D coach Ryan for poor season

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton doesn’t necessarily believe New Orleans’ much-maligned defense needs wholesale changes heading into next season. While some roster adjustments will have to be made following a non-playoff campaign,…

  • Paws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelter

    MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus is going to work for an animal shelter in northern New Jersey. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1zkOeii) Santa is delivering dogs and cats as Christmas presents for the St. Hubert’s Animal…

  • Swollen streams strand 62 hikers, some for days

    KAPAA, Hawaii (AP) — Firefighters in Hawaii rescued more than 60 hikers, including some who were stranded for days, when heavy rain made streams too swollen to cross on the island of Kauai. The Kauai…

  • Moviegoers react to local screenings of ‘The Interview’

    WASHINGTON — Hackers promised 911 style violence. And reviewers weren’t delivering raves. But for the people who showed up to the early viewing of ‘The Interview’ at a Brandywine movie theater on Christmas Day, none…

  • Bitcoin Preview Capsule

    Central Florida (9-3, 7-1 American) vs. North Carolina State (7-5, 3-5 ACC), 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) Line: UCF by 2. Series Record: Tied 1-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE UCF has chance to finish with at least…

  • Hundreds of theaters begin screening ‘The Interview’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that “The Interview” is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of…

  • Wizards-Knicks, Box

    WASHINGTON (102) Pierce 1-5 0-0 3, Nene 6-8 0-1 12, Gortat 4-10 2-2 10, Wall 10-17 3-4 24, Beal 7-16 1-1 17, Humphries 7-9 0-0 14, Butler 4-7 0-0 11, Porter 1-5 0-0 2, Seraphin…

  • Wizards-Knicks, Box

    WASHINGTON (102) Pierce 1-5 0-0 3, Nene 6-8 0-1 12, Gortat 4-10 2-2 10, Wall 10-17 3-4 24, Beal 7-16 1-1 17, Humphries 7-9 0-0 14, Butler 4-7 0-0 11, Porter 1-5 0-0 2, Seraphin…

  • US traveler released from East Timor jail

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released from prison. Stacey Addison, 41, of Portland was arrested in September shortly after crossing the border into the Southeast…

  • D-I’s youngest coach also has inexperienced team

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dana Ford and his Tennessee State Tigers are learning on the job together. Ford is the youngest coach in Division I men’s basketball after being hired in April at the age…

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  • California plane crash victims were father and son

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say the victims of a small plane crash in Northern California were a father and son. Amador County Undersheriff James Wegner tells the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1H0ks8q) Phillip Faillers, of…

  • Illini open Big Ten bowl slate, face La Tech

    DALLAS (AP) — Illinois needed to win its last two games to become bowl eligible, then had to wait another week before finding out if there would be more football. Louisiana Tech knew after winning…

  • Washington crosses Delaware _ with better weather

    TITUSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — George Washington has made his Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River, with considerably better weather than the first time. Re-enactors playing Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River between…