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  • Appeals court nixes NC abortion ultrasound law

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen. The unanimous ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit...

  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year...

  • Penguins being tested for mumps

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins just can't seem to shake the mumps. The team sent backup goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie home from Florida on Monday to undergo testing for the virus. All three will remain in isolation until the test...

  • US stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Stocks moved slightly higher in afternoon trading Monday, on pace to build modestly on gains from last week. The market has closed higher over the past three trading days. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices held back the rally. KEEPING SCORE: The...

  • Skiers have reservations over airbag safety system

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to. Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due to slightly more wind resistance. And still more believe that their movements will be...

  • Correction: Pastured Dairy-Natural Grocers story

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — In a story Dec. 19 about Natural Grocers dropping Noosa Yoghurt because of its pasture-based dairy policy, The Associated Press reported erroneously the gender of Noosa co-founder Koel Thomae. She is a woman, not a man. A corrected version of the story is...

  • 2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Some of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy. Odell Beckham Jr., James Rodriguez, Richard Sherman and Aaron Harrison were among those who put their distinctive stamp on sports in 2014 with shots, catches and plays that...

  • South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers. Using sharply drawn characters and intriguing plots, Makholwa's fiction helps South Africans to make sense of the country's high crime...

  • 88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition. Beji Caid Essebsi campaigned on restoring the "prestige of the state" and a...

  • Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence. Rather, to the bodies of dead women and girls pulled from clandestine graves. Raped, battered and sometimes cut to pieces, they attest to the sadistic...

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