Throngs to pack Times Square for New Year's Eve bash

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe a million revelers are expected to navigate through high security in the blocks around Times Square to cheer on the new year with entertainers including Mariah Carey and watch the descent of the glittering crystal ball.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Some in Mosul wary of return of Iraq's government

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The 19-year-old resident of Mosul pulled up his shirt and showed a festering wound on his back. It came, he said, from Iraqi troops who detained him for three days and beat him, trying to get him to confess to belong to the Islamic State group.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

'Turbocharged' storm clobbers northern New England with snow

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The most powerful nor'easter in nearly two years brought heavy snow, powerful winds and even thunder and lightning to northern New England, leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark Friday and burying some towns under 2 feet of snow.

  • Written by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

US punishes Russia for hacking presidential campaign

HONOLULU (AP) — The United States struck back Thursday at Russia for hacking the U.S. presidential campaign with a sweeping set of punishments targeting Russia's spy agencies and diplomats. The U.S. said Russia must bear costs for its actions, but Moscow called the Obama administration "losers" and threatened retaliation.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press; TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press