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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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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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:

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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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015

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