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  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Can Democrats reassemble ‘Obama coalition for 2016 after midterm shellacking? ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years…

  • Obama ‘s Christmas in Hawaii: Carols, relax on the beach

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated Christmas in Hawaii by singing carols at home before spending the afternoon on the beach. Obama, his wife and two daughters pulled up midday in their motorcade…

  • Hundreds of theaters begin screening ‘The Interview’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that “The Interview” is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of…

  • 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…

  • Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a 40-year-old man died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation’s busiest crossing. Police said Thursday that the man jumped over…

  • Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016?

    ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the “Obama…

  • Americans appear comfortable with political dynasties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup…

  • 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…

  • HK police arrest 12 pro-democracy protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they arrested 12 protesters who were blocking several roads in the Mong Kok neighborhood overnight Wednesday as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to the site hundreds had occupied for…

  • 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…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Sony Pictures broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke…

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at…

  • 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…

  • Sony broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the…

  • 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…