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  • Rondo wants another title run in move to Dallas

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn't happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics. When he was on his way to Dallas with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, championship talk dominated the...

  • APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major...

  • Things to know about Friday's baseball news

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes: ___ SAN DIEGO PADRES New general manager A.J. Preller and the...

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that...

  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006. The assembly...

  • Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in...

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit...

  • Jury rules for Indiana woman in firing over IVF

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury ruled Friday that a northern Indiana Roman Catholic diocese discriminated against a former teacher in one of its schools by firing her after church officials learned she was trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization. The group of five...

  • Howe's family reports rapid improvement

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a dramatic improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial. The 86-year-old Howe had a serious stroke in late October, but in a statement released through the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, his family...

  • Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes. Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, based in Sugarland, Texas, agreed to pay $12.2 million after...

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