Monday, December 22, 2014

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MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.
MIAMI (AP) - The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.
WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea experienced sweeping Internet outages for hours before coming back online late Monday. One computer expert said the country's online access was "totally down."
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A woman accused of driving a car into a northern Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.
HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama offered full support and federal assistance on Sunday to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers the day before.
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) - Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the family of Officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot to death in a squad car this weekend with his partner.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities say they've broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat.
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.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for the shutdown in one of the least-wired countries in the world.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Federal prosecutors say that local police in the city of San Fernando in northern Mexico were involved in the 2011 massacres of 193 mainly Central American migrants whose bodies were found in mass graves.
SYDNEY (AP) - Two victims of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe are being remembered at private memorial services, one week after a gunman took them hostage.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of Islamic State group extremists after they were taken as slaves when last summer, leaving them deeply traumatized, an international watchdog group said in a report issued on Tuesday.
HAVANA (AP) - Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting just two weeks from now.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A North Korean diplomat is accusing Western nations on the United Nations Security Council of "turning a blind eye" to acts of torture and spying by the United States and focusing only on human rights violations in his country.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Two explosions in two northeast Nigerian states on Monday killed at least 26 people and injured 79, rescue and health officials said.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Northern Ireland leaders say they are close to reaching a new agreement to sustain their Catholic-Protestant government, but face all-night talks to see whether they can seal a deal.
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) - Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) - Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation.
YALTA, Crimea (AP) - One day in October, a dozen armed men in masks drove up to the gates of Yalta Film Studios. They weren't actors, and this was no make-believe. It was a hostile takeover.
YALTA, Crimea (AP) - One day in October, a dozen armed men in masks drove up to the gates of Yalta Film Studios. They weren't actors, and this was no make-believe.
MELIANDOU, Guinea (AP) - When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why.