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  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba’s…

  • Aging white lion euthanized at Ohio zoo

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Seigfried & Roy had to be euthanized because of age-related health issues. The zoo says Future — one of two male…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Why the Sony hack isn’t big news in Japan

    Japan’s biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn’t about hacking. It was about the company’s struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the…

  • UK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight

    LONDON (AP) — Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Saturday that 16 reservists and 100…

  • Jansrud of Norway wins super-G in Val Gardena

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud extended his overall World Cup lead by winning a super-G by a comfortable margin Saturday. The Norwegian clocked 1 minute, 33.87 seconds for his fourth win…

  • 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…

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities in Mozambique say a wealthy businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released. Interior Minister Alberto Mondlane said Saturday that Mohamed Bachir Suleman, who had been accused by the…

  • 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…

  • 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”…