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

Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message: Light can triumph

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas message Friday to proclaim that light can triumph over darkness in these perilous times — and to comment on the joys of having a new great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.

  • Written by MATT DUNHAM, Associated Press., and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press