Daily Archives: December 24, 2016

{FD} Russian military plane goes missing

A Russian Tu-154 aircraft with 91 people aboard, including a famed military band on the way to Syria, disappeared Sunday over the Black Sea shortly after takeoff from the resort town of Sochi,the Defense ministry said. Continue reading

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{FD} Michelle Obama tracks Santa on Christmas Eve

For most people, a Christmas Eve phone call with the first lady of the United States is an unexpected surprise. But Austin was holding out for someone else. Continue reading

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{FD} China’s 1st aircraft carrier heads for Western Pacific

China’s Defense Ministry says the country’s first aircraft carrier has set off for the Western Pacific for an open-sea training exercise. Continue reading

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{FD} Philippines braces for Christmas storm, offers roasted pigs

A powerful typhoon is on its way to slam into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day as officials struggled to divert people’s attention from family celebrations and travel. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Trumps attend church services on Christmas Eve

The Latest news from President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 10:35 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Super typhoon heads for Christmas Day blow to Philippines

A powerful typhoon was heading for a Christmas Day collision with the central Philippines. Continue reading

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{FD} Military helping kids follow Santa’s fabled flight

Children from around the world are calling the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and they’re getting a cheery answer about the mythical route. Continue reading

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{FD} Winter weather may be a bummer for jolly holiday travelers

It’ll be a white Christmas for the northern Plains and some Western states, but it’s likely to cause troublesome travel. Continue reading

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{FD} Sinkhole forces evacuations of some Detroit-area homes

More than a dozen homes north of Detroit have been evacuated after a sinkhole opened in the ground nearby. Continue reading

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{FD} In Christmas Eve speech, king urges Spaniards to stay united

In his Christmas Eve speech, King Felipe VI of Spain urges respect for the rule of law and calls on Spaniards to remain united. Continue reading

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{FD} Bond reduced for man who drove on Orlando airport tarmac

A Florida judge has reduced bond for a Canadian man who drove a baggage-towing vehicle across the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. Continue reading

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{FD} Malian authorities say Swiss aid worker abducted in Gao

Authorities in northern Mali say a Swiss aid worker has been abducted in the town of Gao. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass after year of peace pleas

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica, rounding out a year marked by his pleas for the world to better protect the innocent people caught up in wars, migrations and abject poverty. Continue reading

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{FD} Reporter’s Notebook: Christmas in a terror-stricken Berlin

Berlin. Christmas in Berlin is a bit different this year. The German capital has now been touched by the same deadly Islamist terror that other cities in Europe and ‎the US have felt. Continue reading

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{FD} Defense: Insanity plea unlikely in trooper’s ambush slaying

A defense attorney says an insanity defense is unlikely in the trial of a man charged with fatally ambushing a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding a second trooper near a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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{FD} Son pays $1,552 in library fines for books parents borrowed in 1970s

A former Maryland resident figures his parents racked up more than $1,500 in fines for never returning two books that were checked out of the local public library in the mid-70s. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Stopped motorist handed son, 5, sippy cup with wine

Police say an Ohio woman stopped for driving erratically handed her 5-year-old son a sippy cup with wine in it when officers approached her car. Continue reading

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{FD} Displaced Iraqis return home for ‘wartime’ Christmas mass

For the 300 Christians who braved rain and wind to attend Christmas’s Eve Mass in their hometown, the ceremony evoked both holiday cheer and grim reminders of the war raging around their northern Iraqi town, and the distant prospect of moving back home. Continue reading

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{FD} Virginia woman charged in wreck that killed Missouri mother

A 36-year-old Virginia woman faces a murder charge after authorities say she crashed head-on into another car while trying to avoid a drunken-driving checkpoint, killing a Missouri mother. Continue reading

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{FD} Cops: impaired driver nabbed by excavator

Police in Canada say a construction worker used an excavator to help them arrest a drunk driver. Continue reading

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{FD} After nearly a year detained in North Korea, little progress made to free American student Otto Warmbier

On the second day of 2016, Otto Warmbier was minutes away from boarding a plane back to America when armed security officers dragged him out of Pyongyang airport and into a yearlong nightmare that has left his loved ones and even the U.S. government po… Continue reading

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{FD} Tunisians protest against the return of jihadis like Amri

About 200 people have protested in the Tunisian capital against the return of Tunisian jihadis who have fought abroad. Continue reading

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{FD} Canadian man held in Florida after driving on airport tarmac

A Canadian man is being held on $5,100 bond in Florida after driving a baggage-towing vehicle across the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. Continue reading

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{FD} Tragedy drives man to give ‘haven’ to thousands of babies

To untold numbers of children, he’s simply Uncle Tim. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Baltimore County officer shoots man with knife

Baltimore County Police say an officer responding to a disturbance call in a Baltimore suburb shot a man with a knife. Continue reading

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{FD} Coroner: Baby died days after parents’ suspected overdoses

Authorities in Pennsylvania say an infant likely died three or four days after her parents died from what officials suspect were drug overdoses. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan militant group’s chief survives attack by member

A spokesman for a Pakistani militant group says their chief has survived a gun attack while travelling in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} Time travel: Civil War diaries and letters posted online

Civil War diaries by a Union officer and letters by a Union soldier can now be read on a Mississippi State University website. Continue reading

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{FD} The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power

The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year’s sales. Continue reading

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{FD} Advocates vow to continue work in Minnesota Somali community

Those at the forefront of efforts to counter terror recruiting by providing positive opportunities for Somali youth in Minnesota say they’ll continue the work they started, despite future unknowns. Continue reading

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{FD} Translations, TV show connect a city’s Hispanic community

When Sioux Falls resident Alex Ramirez sees a news story or city announcement — be it about road closures or a building collapse — he makes a copy, translates the text into Spanish and posts it on Facebook for free. Continue reading

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{FD} Holiday lobsters are headed for Europe

The European Union’s talk of trying to ban Maine lobsters hasn’t stopped them from becoming holiday meals in places like France, Italy and Spain. Continue reading

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{FD} Communities work to become age-friendly for residents

Hundreds of big and small communities around the world are working to make sure people can live there from birth to old age. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 arrested in Tunisia linked to Berlin suspect Anis Amri

Tunisia’s Interior Ministry says police have arrested the nephew of Anis Amri — the Berlin market attack suspect — his nephew and two others suspected of belonging to the same extremist network. Continue reading

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{FD} Cleveland police ID officer after toddler son dies

Police have identified a veteran Cleveland officer whose 2-year-old son died after apparently shooting himself with his father’s service weapon. Continue reading

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{FD} Spared from demolition, 1920s black schoolhouse being saved

A one-room schoolhouse built in the 1920s to teach black children on St. Simons Island is making a comeback from years of rot and neglect. Continue reading

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{FD} Celebrated Afghan Woman Pilot Requests Asylum in U.S.

As the first female airplane pilot in Afghanistan, Niloofar Rahmani became a powerful symbol of what women could accomplish in the post-Taliban era. But in the ultraconservative country, the limelight also brought threats, sending her into hiding from … Continue reading

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{FD} 2 in UK court charged with preparing an act of terrorism

Two people have appeared in a London court charged with a variety of terrorism-related offenses. Continue reading

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{FD} In Zimbabwe’s meltdown, Christmas is out of reach for many

Naison Makwechede rummages through piles of used clothes at a busy flea market in Zimbabwe’s capital in hopes of finding Christmas clothes for his family. Continue reading

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{FD} Congo mediators say no deal before Christmas, talks on hold

Mediators in Congo say they won’t make a Christmas deadline to resolve the country’s political impasse. Continue reading

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{FD} Nigeria: Boko Haram is crushed, forced out of last enclave

Nigeria’s president says the Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed, has been driven from its last forest stronghold with fighters on the run and no place to hide. Continue reading

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{FD} 3-month-old dies from injuries after falling from babysitter’s arms

A 3- month-old was taken off life support Friday after suffering from major head injuries after his babysitter accidentally dropped him at the boy’s home in Saddle Brook, N.J., The New Jersey Advance reported. Continue reading

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{FD} After Berlin attack, Europe weighs freedom against security

Europe’s open borders symbolize liberty and forward thinking — but they increasingly look like the continent’s Achilles’ heel. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Spain probing links to Berlin market suspect

The Latest on the investigation into the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Ukrainian government troops, Russia-backed rebels claims cease-fire violations

Both the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country say a new cease-fire has been violated. Continue reading

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{FD} Top Catholic cleric in Holy Land expresses hope for Aleppo

The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land says he’s glad that “at least the military war” in the Syrian city of Aleppo is over and that Christians there can celebrate Christmas “without fear.” Continue reading

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{FD} Officials: Canine gets loose, shot dead on South Korea runway

A South Korean airport official said Saturday that airport staff shot and killed a dog belonging to a Thai Airways passenger after it got loose before being boarded onto a plane and ran onto a busy runway. Continue reading

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{FD} Body of Italian victim of Berlin truck attack returns home

A casket containing the body of the Italian victim of the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has arrived in Rome. Continue reading

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{FD} Explosion rocks Syria’s Aleppo as residents return

Syrian state TV says an explosion rocked eastern Aleppo as some residents were returning to their homes after the government assumed full control of the city earlier this week. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 dead in Bangladesh raid on suspected militant hideout

Bangladesh’s government says a woman and a teenager thought to be linked to a banned Islamist militant group have blown themselves up during a police raid on a two-story house in the nation’s capital. Continue reading

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