AP-Times Square poll: Shootings weighed on Americans in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Mass shootings and attacks weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, according to a new poll that found most believe this year was worse for the world than last year.

  • Written by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

Police: Fight sparks North Carolina mall shooting; 1 killed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A shooting at a North Carolina mall sent shoppers fleeing into stores, some locking themselves inside, on Christmas Eve, but police say the incident was sparked by a long-running feud and was not a random act of violence.

  • Written by STEVE REED, Associated Press

Obama: We never take US troops for granted

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — In a Christmas Day gesture of gratitude, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops that "we never take for granted" what they do to keep Americans safe and free.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Pope contrasts Jesus' birth, excess in Christmas Eve homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus' birth as he rebuked what he called societies' intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth.

  • Written by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

AP EXPLAINS: What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name?

LONDON (AP) — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here's a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:

  • Written by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press