Monday, December 22, 2014

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.
LONDON (AP) - Police say some people died when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.
Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the sixth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A search for the biggest headlines in Pennsylvania this year yields ... a very big search.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."
NEW YORK (AP) - The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere - and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired - was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
MADRID (AP) - A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on tax fraud charges - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the monarchy was restored in 1975.
Tyrone R. Parler came home from Vietnam, got a city job in Philadelphia, and hardly mentioned the war. He didn't keep in touch with friends from the Army, didn't bother to declare his veteran's status when he got a new identification card.
LONDON (AP) - Police say some people died when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.
TOKYO (AP) - An independent panel said Monday there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian police say car bomb kills 16, wounds 25 at bus station in northeastern city of Gombe.
BEIJING (AP) - The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - A prosecutor says an unlicensed medical practitioner in northwestern Cambodia suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 people with the virus that causes AIDS has been charged with murder and other crimes.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The team coached by former NBA player Carl Herrera says his condition is improving following a shooting in Venezuela.
JERUSALEM (AP) - A Palestinian official says international donors have not yet followed through on their pledges to rebuild Gaza.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - 88-year-old ex-minister Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidency with 55.7 percent of vote.
BERLIN (AP) - The head of the German Bishops' Conference says German bishops support allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion "under certain conditions."
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's government says President Jacob Zuma has travelled to East Africa for talks on the South Sudan peace process.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Here's the list.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A prosecutor says that Poland has suspended an investigation into the alleged sex abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic by a Polish-born former Vatican ambassador due to a lack of evidence.
BERLIN (AP) - The German government says a European Union inspection found security shortcomings at Frankfurt airport, the country's busiest, and that measures have been taken to address them.
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) - Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper Monday into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.