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  • New Hampshire falcon’s post-surgery vision limited

    DEERING, N.H. (AP) — A falcon in New Hampshire that had eye surgery to remove cataracts is doing well with her new synthetic lenses but has limited vision and isn’t flying. Banner, a 4-year-old falcon,…

  • New lanes planned near La. Hwy 30 and I-10

    GONZALES, La. (AP) — Two short-term projects are planned to ease traffic problems near Gonzales. Sherri LeBas (luh-BAH’), secretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development, says both are expected to go to bid…

  • Wake to be held for 1 of 2 slain NYPD officers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mourners will gather Friday at a Queens church for the wake of a New York Police Department officer who was killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting. Officer Rafael…

  • Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

    Two New York Police Department officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a…

  • Detroit teen shot while playing with gun at home

    DETROIT (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old Detroit boy was shot in the head while he and friends played with a gun in the basement of a home. Officer Jennifer Moreno tells The Detroit News…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • What should Santa make this year?

    WASHINGTON — As the kids are opening presents from Santa, did you ever think about all the jobs St. Nick has to do to pull off his yearly trip? The jolly old elf wears a…

  • A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was…

  • Protesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators have taken to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him. Dozens…

  • Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony’s “The Interview” has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new…

  • California’s governor issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by…

  • A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was…