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  • 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…

  • NORAD ‘tracks’ Santa from Australia to S. America

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat…

  • Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions…

  • USS Peleliu makes Christmas Eve homecoming

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Families eagerly greeted crewmembers as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu made a Christmas Eve homecoming to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific. Relatives waved…

  • Christmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mall

    GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man who had just bought something at a suburban New Orleans shopping mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police…

  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush to stay hospitalized

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain overnight Wednesday in a Houston hospital where he was taken after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. The 90-year-old Bush had been taken…