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  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the...

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities in Mozambique say a wealthy businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released. Interior Minister Alberto Mondlane said Saturday that Mohamed Bachir Suleman, who had been accused by the U.S. government of being an international drug...

  • UK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Saturday that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton...

  • Kurds advance against IS group in Syria's Kobani

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, said Kurdish fighters...

  • Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot. Four men struck at the famous luxury department store on glitzy Kurfuerstendamm avenue soon after it opened for the year's busiest...

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba's supporters see the government as heroic, its sins justified by the...

  • Aging white lion euthanized at Ohio zoo

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Seigfried & Roy had to be euthanized because of age-related health issues. The zoo says Future — one of two male African white lions loaned permanently by Siegfried and Roy in 1998 — was put down Thursday....

  • Swimmer in distress rescued off Kauai beach

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — A swimmer in distress was rescued by a Coast Guard crew after he was swept out to sea from a beach on Kauai. The helicopter crew was on a routine mission when they got word that someone had written S.O.S. in the sand at Hanakapiai Beach. The crew flew to the area and...

  • UGA vet school to host shelter medicine conference

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia's veterinary school is set to host a conference on shelter medicine. The university says the seventh annual Shelter Medicine Symposium is set for Jan. 11. The event focuses on best practices in medicine and management for local and regional...

  • NY law limits probes of unconventional medicine

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York law has been changed to prohibit state investigations of doctors for unconventional treatments of diseases, specifically including Lyme disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure this week, saying it was conditioned on legislators agreeing to additional...

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