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NORAD: Rudolph's nose shows Santa over Great Wall

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are monitoring Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to track him over Japan and later spotted him over the Great Wall of China.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014

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Police: Officer in Missouri shot, killed man who pulled gun

BERKELEY, Missouri (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014

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Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop

ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014

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Abe takes office for 3rd term as Japan's leader

TOKYO (AP) — Shinzo Abe took office Wednesday for a third term as Japan's prime minister, appointing a former military officer as his defense minister but keeping the other members of his previous Cabinet.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014

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Jesus' birthplace grapples with modern traffic challenges

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — It's Christmas season and the little town of Bethlehem is jammed with a big-city problem: Traffic snarling streets everywhere, including around the church marking the spot where tradition says Jesus was born. The city is considering a dramatic solution to the problem — digging a tunnel under Manger Square.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Cuba signals that extradition of US fugitives off the table

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's point person on U.S. relations says anything is up for discussion as the two countries move to re-establish diplomatic ties, from anti-drug cooperation to joint environmental agreements.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Joe Cocker dies at 70

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Key N. Korean websites back online after shutdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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