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Slideshow: Today In History, Dec. 25

Slideshow: Today In History, Dec. 25

Today is Thursday, Dec. 25. This is Christmas Day. Today's Highlight in History:

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Yemen senior intelligence official kidnapped

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say suspected Shiite rebels have kidnapped the country's second highest intelligence official from his house in the capital Sanaa.

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Romanians at Ceausescu's grave, 25 years after death

Romanians at Ceausescu's grave, 25 years after death

A picture taken on Dec. 7, 2014 shows a porcelain piggybank representing communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, next to legendary ancient and medieval kings representations on sale in the duty free shop of the Henri Coanda international airport in Otopeni, Romania. Romanians, especially those…

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Romanians at Ceausescu's grave, 25 years after death

Romanians at Ceausescu's grave, 25 years after death

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians nostalgic for the communist era have gathered at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, who were tried and executed on Christmas Day twenty-five years ago.

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Snowstorm in Moscow delays dozens of flights

MOSCOW (AP) — A massive snowstorm in Moscow has caused delays to dozens of flights and brought traffic to a standstill.

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Family sues Pima County over autistic son's arrest

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of an 18-year-old man with autism say Pima County Sheriff's deputies used excessive force arresting their son.

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Spring Valley man gets probation for animal cruelty

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A Spring Valley man has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to animals.

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13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb at a market in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.

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Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Rina Vor with her children arrives for Christmas prayer in a Church where she has taken refuge after fleeing from her village when it came under attack by an indigenous separatist group in Shamukjuli village in Sonitpur district of Indian eastern state of Assam, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Poli…

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Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Traumatized looking Sanjlai Hemrom, 7, left, and his brother Lakhiram Hemrom, 5, take refuge in a makeshift relief center in a school after their parents were killed during an attack on their village by an indigenous separatist group in Shamukjuli village in Sonitpur district of Indian easte…

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Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Indian tribal people with others who have taken refuge in a church after their village was attacked by an indigenous separatist group offer Christmas prayers in Shamukjuli village in Sonitpur district of Indian eastern state of Assam, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Police says the death toll from …

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Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) — Rina Vor was putting her four young children to sleep in her village in India's remote northeast when she heard the gunfire. She gathered them and ran for safety.

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Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Pro-democracy protesters hold yellow umbrellas and paper crosses during in the early hours of Christmas Day in the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 as they demand genuine universal suffrage. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

An anti-Beijing protester holds a placard with picture of jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo during a rally outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. They demanded to release Chinese human rights activists. The placard reads "Release Liu Xiaobo." (…

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Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Anti-Beijing protesters dressed in Santa Claus costumes, hold balloons and placards with portrait of Liu Xia, top left, and right, the detained wife of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and jailed journalist Gao Yu, bottom left, during a rally outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong…

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Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Anti-Beijing protesters dressed in Santa Claus costumes, hold balloons with pictures of jailed Chinese human rights activists, including from left, legal scholar Xu Zhiyong, journalist Gao Yu, lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo during a rally outside the Chinese liais…

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Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 12 protesters blocking several roads as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to a site they had occupied for more than two months before police dispersed them, officials said Thursday.

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China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

In this photo taken July 15, 2014, Pastor Tao Chongyin, left, speaks with church member Fan Liang'an in front of the Wuxi Christian Church with the words "Church of Jesus" in red, in Longwan, Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. When one rural village re-erected a cross in the summe…

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China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

In this photo taken July 16, 2014, a man stands near the razed remains of a Catholic church in a village in Pingyang county of Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Like many Christians in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, will worship this Christmas under a cross-less roof. …

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China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

In this photo taken July 16, 2014, a church member wears a T-shirt with the Chinese words "Defend the cross" as he stakes out overnight to protect the cross from being demolished at a Christian church in Ao'jiang, Pingyang county of Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Many Christia…

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China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

BEIJING (AP) — Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in eastern China welded pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of a worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October.

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Trial set for restaurateur charged in ID case

PHOENIX (AP) — A May 4 trial has been set for a metro Phoenix restaurant owner accused of trafficking in stolen identities.

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Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC

TOKYO (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., the companies said Thursday.

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Protesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson

Protesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson

Police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in Berkeley, Mo. The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed the black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him,…

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Protesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson

Protesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson

Protesters shut down Airport Road on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in Berkeley, Mo. Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Mo., killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

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