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Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:01pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan - part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren....
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AP PHOTOS: In North Korea, the Kims are adored

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:44pm
To say that Kim Jong Un is the leader of his country is a gross understatement. In North Korea, he is regarded as the epitome of his country....
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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:28pm
MIAMI (AP) -- The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business....
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FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:42am
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts....
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5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference....
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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:46am
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings....
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Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll....
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Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism....
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Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:32am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Colbert is dead....
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Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:49am
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs....
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In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:43am
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights....
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Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:49am
HONOLULU (AP) -- Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa....
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Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:17am
HAVANA (AP) -- The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off....
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Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end?

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:15am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system....
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Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:15am
ATLANTA (AP) -- Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment....
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Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge

AP Top Stories - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:07am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit....
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10 Things to Know for Friday

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:29pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...
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Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:21pm
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday....
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'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:51pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction....
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Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:37pm
TOKYO (AP) -- If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons....
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