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2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh

2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh

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,…

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Image of Asia: Sunny Christmas on Sydney beach

Image of Asia: Sunny Christmas on Sydney beach

In this photo by Rick Rycroft, British traveler Dabriella Quayle rides the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Sunny weather and temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) brought out locals and tourists to Australia's iconic beach, where lifesavers and …

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2014 provided plenty of eye candy for fans

A look at some of the best catches, shots and plays of 2014.

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AP PHOTOS: Lights and smiles mark the coming of Christmas

AP PHOTOS: Lights and smiles mark the coming of Christmas

As Christmas Eve turns into Christmas Day, lights in every color shine through the night around the world. Colored bulbs decorate buildings from Ahmadabad, India. Candles illuminate the faces of the faithful at a church in Beijing, China. And Santa Claus floats on a boat full of twinkling li…

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Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2014. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.

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Judge backs firing of Phoenix VA director

Judge backs firing of Phoenix VA director

Says gifts, not long wait times, are the reason.

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Nueva era cubana: devolución lenta de propiedades de iglesia

Nueva era cubana: devolución lenta de propiedades de iglesia

Un recuento de las propiedades devueltas, realizado por The Associated Press, indica que se trata de más de una docena.

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Jolie: Louis Zamperini me cambió

Jolie: Louis Zamperini me cambió

La más reciente encarnación de Angelina Jolie es la de cineasta con su cinta Unbroken.

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'The Interview' se transmitirá en plataformas digitales

'The Interview' se transmitirá en plataformas digitales

Se estrenará el jueves en unos 200 cines de Estados Unidos.

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Messi se tambalea pero no cae

Messi se tambalea pero no cae

Está en deuda con quienes esperan una actuación consagratoria en una Copa del Mundo.

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LeBron vuelve a Miami en Navidad

LeBron vuelve a Miami en Navidad

LeBron James no tiene ningún recelo por su regreso a su segunda casa.

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El papa Francisco celebra la Misa de Gallo

El papa Francisco celebra la Misa de Gallo

Mientras también habló por teléfono con refugiados iraquíes forzados a abandonar sus casas por extremistas islámicos.

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10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

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Policía mata a un hombre que sacó un arma en Missouri

Policía mata a un hombre que sacó un arma en Missouri

Berkeley está a unos 3 kilómetros de Ferguson, donde un policía blanco mató a tiros a Michael Brown

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Órdenes de deportación para 2.479 menores

Órdenes de deportación para 2.479 menores

Para menores centroamericanos que cruzaron la frontera sin sus padres y de forma ilegal.

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Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

Two New York police officers were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into …

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Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

Travelers wait in the rain to board a bus for Washington, D.C., in New York, on Wednesday as wet weather prevailed in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and much of the South.

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CDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposure

ATLANTA (AP) — A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said Wednesday evening.

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Christmas parade for dying Utah girl

FOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah (AP) — A tiny rural town in Utah put on its first-ever Christmas light parade this week in the latest gesture aimed at making the holidays special for a dying little girl.

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Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

NEW YORK — Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered swath of the South.

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UA football: RichRod 4th in Coach of Year voting

UA football: RichRod 4th in Coach of Year voting

Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez received two votes for AP Coach of the Year and tied for fourth place in the balloting Wednesday.

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Bahamas Bowl: Amazing comeback falls just short

College Football Bowl Schedule BOWL (LOCATION) MATCHUP DATE TIME New Orleans Louisiana-Lafayette 16, Nevada 3 Dec. 20 New Mexico (Albuquerque) Utah State 21, UTEP 6 Dec. 20 Las Vegas Utah 45, Colorado State 10 Dec. 20 Idaho Potato (Boise) Air Force 38, Western Michigan 28 Dec. 20 Camellia (M…

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US removes Gambia from trade agreement

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government's decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican.

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Threats to NYPD prompt arrests, precinct security

Threats to NYPD prompt arrests, precinct security

NEW YORK — Police have increased security at some stationhouses and made at least four arrests over threats made since the deadly shootings of two officers last weekend, and the mayor vowed Wednesday to protect officers.

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Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone

Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone

Health workers load a man suspected of suffering from Ebola into an ambulance in Sierra Leone, where survival rates have risen dramatically.

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Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot

Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot

AMMAN, Jordan — Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday. He is the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists’ hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against th…

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Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot

Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot

This image, posted by the Raqqa Media Center, shows militants with a captured pilot, center right, wearing a white shirt and identified as Jordanian 1st Lt. Mu’ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh.

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Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister says the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.

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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass, calls Iraqi refugees

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass, calls Iraqi refugees

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.

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Priests march, protest attacks in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers have marched through the southern Mexico city of Ciudad Altamirano to protest the latest in a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests.

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Ebola survival rates improve in Sierra Leone

Ebola survival rates improve in Sierra Leone

One year into the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.

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Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

FILE-This undated file photo shows Polish-born film director Roman Polanski talking to the media in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, denied a bid by the Oscar-winning director's lawyers for a hearing that could lead to the dismissal of a 1977 unlawful sex with a mi…

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Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his 1977 sex case when a judge rejected a motion for a new hearing.

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Ex-President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Ex-President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized in Houston on Wednesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said.

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Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

A poster for“The Interview” outside the AMC Glendora 12 theater, in Glendora, Calif. After halting wide release, Sony Pictures released the movie to digital platforms Wednesday.

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1974: Jack Benny

1974: Jack Benny

In 1974, comedian Jack Benny died in Los Angeles at age 80.

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US removes Gambia from trade agreement

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government's decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement, apparently in response to human rights abuses.

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MF Global Holdings to pay $1.21B in restitution

MF Global Holdings Ltd. must pay $1.21 billion to reimburse customers for losses sustained when the brokerage firm failed in 2011.

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Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

FILE - This Dec. 18, 2014, file photo shows the Sony Pictures Studios' water tank in Culver City, Calif.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in digital format

Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in digital format

LOS ANGELES — In an unprecedented move, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” to digital platforms Wednesday, a reversal of its previous plan not to show the film after hackers released thousands of documents online and threatened violence at theaters showing the comedy that depicts…

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Review: Who needs a separate camera with these 3 phones?

Review: Who needs a separate camera with these 3 phones?

Reviewer tested more than 20 new phones by taking more than 10,000 still images. 

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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday

Stocks closed mostly higher Wednesday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 18,000 for the first time. Investors were encouraged by the latest positive news on the U.S. economy. Trading ended early ahead of the Christmas holiday.

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukrainian government army soldiers secure an area near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in Minsk, Bela…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukrainian government army soldiers at a check-point near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in Minsk, Be…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

From left: Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and unidentified official seen through a window in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The much-anticipated talks on a settlement of th…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

From left: Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma seen through a window in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The much-anticipated talks on a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis bega…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, leaves a car to take part in talks in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The much-anticipated talks on a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis began in the capital of Belarus on Wednesday. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russia re…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukrainian government army soldiers secure an area near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in Minsk, Bela…

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