Okinawa sues Tokyo in bid to stop move of US Marine air base

TOKYO (AP) — Local authorities on Okinawa sued Japan's central government on Friday in an attempt to stop the relocation of a U.S. air base, deepening their decades-long row over the heavy American troop presence on the southern Japanese island.

  • Written by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Young fire survivor to share Christmas cheer in shelters

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl who lost her father and younger siblings in an arson fire that left her severely scarred is sharing the good cheer that has been bestowed on her, by the tractor-trailer load, since her simple Christmas wish went viral.

  • Written by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

Tornadoes ravage the South, killing 7; dozens injured

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Mulester Johnson was with relatives when a fierce storm roared through this small town and tore the back of his house from its foundation, tossed trees onto pickup trucks and leveled brick walls.

  • Written by PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press

Airlines prep for holiday crush: More flights, bigger planes

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.

  • Written by DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer

Bangladesh police arrest 7 suspected militants, find bombs

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh security forces early Thursday arrested seven suspected members of a banned Islamist group blamed for attacks on foreigners and minority groups in the country.