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Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint

11 hours 42 min ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says seven policemen were killed in a northern province after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents.

President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1

11 hours 50 min ago

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:


North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

12 hours 13 min ago

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.


Novak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers

12 hours 16 min ago

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.


For Russia's economy, the worst is yet to come

12 hours 25 min ago

Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: although the ruble seems to have stabilised after its abysmal drop this past week, Russia still faces the heavy consequences of the turbulence. A double whammy of Western sanctions over Ukraine and plunging oil prices finally caught up with the country that depends on energy exports for half of government revenue, and the authorities came out of their apparent stupor only as the ruble's plunge in value had already gained momentum. After the ruble fell by nearly 10 percent on Monday, the central bank moved beyond its limited currency market interventions and in the middle of the night hiked the key interest rate by a tremendous 6.5 percentage points to 17 percent.


Mother charged with murder of eight children in Australia

12 hours 26 min ago

The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder Sunday, police said, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief. The 37-year-old, named in local media as Mersane Warria, was charged with eight counts of murder after the bodies of the children -- four girls and four boys aged between two to 14 -- were found in the northern city of Cairns on Friday morning. The murders have stunned Australia, still reeling from a dramatic siege in a central Sydney cafe this week, which left two hostages and a gunman dead, and prompted widespread shock and anger. "I would suspect it might be the most tragic event we have had to deal with," Cairns detective inspector Bruno Asnicar told reporters.


Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

12 hours 57 min ago

By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder. ...


New York cop 'assassin' telegraphed intentions on Instagram

12 hours 58 min ago
By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Popular photo-sharing service Instagram on Saturday took down the account of the man said to be behind the "assassination" of two New York City police officers, after the 28-year-old gunman's veiled threats and provocative messages went viral in the wake of the execution-style shootings. Posted just hours before Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead, the dark messages again cast a spotlight on the role of social media in spotting and revealing public threats of violence. ...

Obama condemns fatal shootings of New York police officers

13 hours 7 min ago
HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he unconditionally condemned the fatal shootings of two police officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day." Obama's response followed an attack by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Robert Birsel)

AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

13 hours 7 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

Obama: No justification for murder of NYC police

13 hours 20 min ago
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York.

Canucks' Hansen collapses on bench, walks off

13 hours 29 min ago

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks forward Jannik Hansen appeared to collapse on the bench after taking a hit during the second period of Vancouver's game against the Calgary Flames.


Today in History

13 hours 40 min ago
Today is Sunday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2014. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 6:03 p.m. Eastern time.

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:51

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.


Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:44

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.


A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:34

HAVANA (AP) — Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice.


Redskins deal Eagles playoff blow

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:04

Kai Forbath booted a field goal in the dying seconds as the Washington Redskins stunned Philadelphia 27-24, dealing the Eagles' playoff hopes a serious blow. Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with just five seconds left in regulation for the Redskins who snapped a six-game National Football League losing skid in front of a crowd of close to 80,000 at FedEx Field. Philadelphia has lost three straight games since a US Thanksgiving holiday win at Dallas gave it sole possession of first place in the NFC East. A win at home by the Cowboys against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday would eliminate the Eagles from playoff contention.


Spokesman: Muhammad Ali in hospital with 'mild' pneumonia; prognosis good, short stay expected

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:35
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Spokesman: Muhammad Ali in hospital with 'mild' pneumonia; prognosis good, short stay expected.

Two New York policemen 'assassinated'

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:06
A gunman shot dead two uniformed New York police officers in a cold-blooded attack that followed weeks of outrage over police killings of unarmed black men. "Today, two of New York's finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation," said an emotional New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The two officers, one a newlywed, were shot in the head through the window of their vehicle in broad daylight in Brooklyn in an attack that left America's biggest city reeling just days before Christmas. Police named the shooter as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot and seriously wounded his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore early Saturday before driving to Brooklyn to murder the two officers.

President Obama briefed on New York police shooting

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 21:39
Kailua, Hawaii (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the fatal shootings of two New York police officers, a White House official said on Saturday. Obama was informed of the shootings while playing golf in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is vacationing for two weeks with his family. White House officials are continuing to monitor the situation, the official said. (Reporting By Julia Edwards)