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  • China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant

    BEIJING (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China…

  • Germany: Greece must stick to existing agreements

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister says any new Greek government would have to stick to agreements made by its predecessors — comments that come as Greece risks early elections that could bring an anti-bailout…

  • Sports deaths: elegant Tony Gwynn, Jean Beliveau

    For one, the tool of choice was a bat. For the other, a stick. Tony Gwynn and Jean Beliveau died in 2014, unparalleled craftsmen who made the supremely difficult look almost easy. They played with…

  • How the AP-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 12-14. It is based on online interviews of 1,017 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The…

  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One group of potential candidates for president probably won’t be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They’ll be hunkered down in statehouses…

  • Court: LA Police Department policy for impounding cars is OK

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops…

  • Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1BdXt69) reports the study…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    ‘The Interview’ earns $1 million in theaters; will major studios rethink day-and-date release? LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the…

  • 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…

  • PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony’s PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas…

  • Midwestern governors build credentials for 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One group of potential candidates for president probably won’t be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They’ll be hunkered down in statehouses…

  • 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…

  • Will ‘The Interview’ change how Hollywood does business?

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Dec. 21th. FICTION 1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson…

  • Officers help deliver baby on train on Christmas

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The transit police officers who helped deliver a Christmas baby on a subway train reunited with the newborn boy and his parents Friday morning, trading the chaos of the dingy rail car…