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  • Holiday flu hits Washington D.C. metro area

    WASHINGTON —  A lot of kids and adults in the Washington, D.C. area are spending the holidays in bed with the flu, and the latest government surveillance map shows no let-up in new cases. The Centers for Disease Control…

  • Key events in year of scrutiny on Rikers Island

    New York City’s massive Rikers Island jail complex has come under increased scrutiny in the past year following a series of reports by The Associated Press on gruesome inmate deaths, guard brutality and mismanagement. Investigations…

  • Widespread problems on Rikers Island tough to fix

    NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Woods shook uncontrollably, his body wracked by convulsions, as fellow inmates held him in their arms and shouted for help. Amid the chaos inside a Rikers Island dormitory, surveillance video…

  • Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa

    GUECKEDOU, Guinea (AP) — West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus. In Gueckedou, near…

  • Can tossing back a beer or two help you do better at work?

    WASHINGTON — Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that having a blood alcohol level right of .075 makes people more creative than those who were sober. But the same was not true…

  • Browns suspend receiver Josh Gordon, Manziel late

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon will end his troubled season just as it began — suspended. The Browns’ enigmatic wide receiver was suspended Saturday for missing a team walk-through and will miss the finale in…

  • 2 more Devils come down with mumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are fielding a short-handed lineup in their first game with a new committee of coaches behind the bench. The Devils are without center Patrik Elias and right…

  • Argentina’s president suffers fractured ankle

    BUENO AIRES (AP) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle, the latest in a series of health setbacks. A statement signed by two doctors, Marcelo Ballesteros and Daniel Fernandez,…

  • NFL Injury Report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league: CAROLINA PANTHERS at ATLANTA FALCONS — PANTHERS: QUESTIONABLE: LB A.J. Klein (knee). PROBABLE: RB DeAngelo Williams (hand). FALCONS: QUESTIONABLE:…

  • Former soccer star George Weah wins Liberian Senate race

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Former soccer star George Weah has won a seat in the Liberian Senate by coming out ahead of the president’s son, according to Liberia’s election commission. Weah received 78 percent of…

  • Update on the latest in sports:

    NBA-SCHEDULE Rockets grab division lead…Bucks crush Hawks…Cavs bounce back UNDATED (AP) — Josh Smith was quite productive in his Houston Rockets debut. Smith scored 21 points and had eight rebounds as the Rockets downed Memphis…

  • Kings’ Cousins sits out vs. Suns with stomach flu

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is sitting out against the Phoenix Suns with the stomach flu. The Kings listed Cousins as out Friday night because of gastroenteritis. Interim coach Tyrone Corbin…

  • NFL Injury Report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league: CAROLINA PANTHERS at ATLANTA FALCONS — PANTHERS: QUESTIONABLE: LB A.J. Klein (knee). PROBABLE: RB DeAngelo Williams (hand). FALCONS: QUESTIONABLE:…

  • Poultry producers brace for bird flu fallout

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Commercial poultry producers say they’re concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers. “It’s…

  • Couple weds in room where son treated for cancer

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple who married on Christmas Day decided to share their vows in the hospital room where their 4-year-old son, Billy, is being treated for cancer. Sarah Lewis and William…