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  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    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 would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical...

  • Immigrants build document trails to remain in US

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts. The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under measures President Barack Obama announced last month. Applicants must prove they were in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 2010 — a...

  • Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba is a sign that political attitudes toward Cuba are changing in Florida. Some even suggest the decision could help cracking the Cuban-American community's longtime support for the GOP in a state that will be the biggest swing state prize in the...

  • Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament

    HAVANA (AP) — Three Cubans recently released from prison in the U.S. are getting a warm welcome home from the country's parliament. The freed prisoners received a standing ovation Saturday as they appeared with family members before the National Assembly. Seated behind the prisoners in the audience was Elian Gonzalez, the young man who in 2000...

  • 2 car bombs rock southern Sweden's city of Malmo

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish police say two car bombs have shattered dozens of windows in a multiethnic district of Malmo, Sweden's third largest city. Police spokeswoman Linda Pleym says no one was injured by Saturday's pre-dawn explosions in Rosengaard, a district dominated by immigrants from Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Lebanon. One car...

  • Bombings kill 12 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in and around Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi authorities said. Police officials said a bomb exploded on a commercial street in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the capital, killing four people and wounding nine others. In the northern...

  • More crime lows in NYC despite rising complaints

    NEW YORK (AP) — Low-level arrests remained steady and crime continues to fall even while the NYPD is grappling with its image. Final tallies for 2014 could carry even more weight this year as Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio deal with the outrage over the police killing of the unarmed Eric Garner, who was black, and...

  • Megabus crashes on I-65 in southern Indiana

    SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — A Megabus headed for Atlanta crashed Saturday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, authorities said, and some injuries were reported. The bus rolled over about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on I-65 near Seymour, Indiana State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said. There were some minor injuries that were not life-threatening,...

  • China's Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong. Beijing had accused foreign forces of fostering the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement...

  • Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies — mostly children — started coming in from a school massacre this week that killed 148 people, he began to weep. "I have buried bodies of the...

  • Afghan leader's two-man government raises concerns

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to appoint a single Cabinet minister. The repeated delays have...

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday. Mohamed Bachir Suleman, who had been accused by the U.S. government of being an international drug trafficker, was freed by his captors on Friday, according Interior Minister Alberto Mondlane. Mondlane...

  • Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

    PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night"). Then, during that first Christmas Day in World War I, something magical happened....

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    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 behavior of its giant enemy to the north, and offset by the...

  • Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store

    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 Christmas shopping season, police spokeswoman Heidi Vogt said. The...

  • Kurds advance against IS group in Syria's Kobani

    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 advanced in six neighborhoods and have besieged the IS-held...

  • After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet. Air Force One touched down late in the evening at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters and two dogs on board. On Saturday, the...

  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While...

  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. Residents from five villages say people too elderly to flee Gwoza local government area are being rounded up...

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home. The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was under guard and speaking with police, Queensland Police Detective...

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