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Iraqi Kurdish forces tow a howitzer near the front lines on their way to the city of Sinjar, as the Kurdish peshmerga fighters move through Zumar, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)
Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airportKurdish fighters push into Sinjar town; Iraq forces battle Islamic State group for key airport
The Associated Press30 minutes ago
A Tunisian woman checks ID and registration documents in a polling station in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday Dec. 21 , 2014. Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the revolution of 2011. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)
Tunisians votes in historic presidential runoffTunisians choose between stability and change in runoff presidential vote
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An ultra Orthodox Jew lights candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Egypt opens border with Gaza after 2-month closurePalestinian official: Egypt opens border crossing with Gaza Strip after 2-month closure
The Associated Press56 minutes ago
ADDS BOTH OFFICERS KILLED - New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton takes questions from reporters during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York.  An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing both officers before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself2 NYPD officers fatally shot by gunman who vowed to kill cops; shooter takes his own life
The Associated Press13 minutes ago
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Dec.  10, 2014, Dozhd Channel's s anchorman Pavel Lobkov speaks to his colleagues in their studio-apartment in Moscow, Russia. Lobkov, a legendary anchorman, says Dozhd, with a fraction of resources and funding of state television, can reach out to millions of people and provide a comprehensive coverage due to modern technology (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russia's sole independent TV forced into meager studioAmid media crackdown, Russia's only independent TV channel broadcasts from a living room
The Associated Press1 hour ago
FILE - This Monday May 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April. Teenager Aji Ibrahim said he was lucky to escape into the bushes. "No doubt they were Boko Haram members because they were chanting "Allahu akbar" (God is Great) while shooting at people and torching houses," he told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/File)
Video shows Boko Haram killing captivesVideo shows Boko Haram gun down captives accused of being infidels
The Associated Press11 minutes ago
FILE - In this Dec.17, 2011 file photo, snow falls on the finish area after an alpine ski women's World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and a slump in the ruble are echoing in the French Alps, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers, taxi drivers and ski stations in France's wintertime hotspots say a tourism boom by big-spending Russians in recent years is about to melt because of Russia's economic crisis, Western sanctions and falling oil prices. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)
Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontentEU's Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price pain
The Associated Press1 hour ago
United Arab Emirates's Minister of Energy Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei speaks during the opening day of 10th Arab energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil pricesSaudi petroleum minister says there is no conspiracy behind drop in oil prices
The Associated Press1 hour ago
FILE- In this Sunday, May 11, 2014 file photo, people stand outside burnt houses following an attack by Islamic militants in Gambaru, Nigeria. Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Further north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities. In Niger, the government has declared a “humanitarian crisis” and appealed for international aid to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees driven from their homes by the insurgency. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola, File)
Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threatNigeria's Boko Haram extremists pose regional threat with cross-border attacks and recruitment
The Associated Press1 hour ago
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  • Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota on the Heisman Trophy and Florida State

    Quarterback Marcus Mariota is back on Oregon's campus and back at practice with the Ducks as they prepare to take on Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Mariota last week was on the so-called award circuit, accepting awards Orlando, Fla., Baltimore and finally New York City, where he was named this season's Heisman Trophy winner. The Oregonian, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 06:54 PM
  • Georgia Aquarium has new executive VP and COO

    The aquarium said in a news release Wednesday that Mark Schafer is stepping into the role effective immediately. He has served as chief financial officer and senior vice president at the aquarium since July 2013. Washington Times, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 05:03 AM
  • FL telemarketer pleads guilty to scam

    The US State's Attorney's Office says a man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a timeshare scam. According to Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Leandro Velazquez pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. KFVS12, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 03:00 AM
  • Trader Joe's, Unicorp restaurant in Dr. Phillips on track for 1Q opening

    Never fear, Trader Joe's fans: Orlando's store No. 2 is headed for a first-quarter opening. Business Journal, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 04:05 PM
  • Skyplex developer buys 7 extra Perkins sites just to get one on I-Drive

    The Perkins restaurant on Sand Lake Road and International Drive is now part of the $250 million Skyplex development - and seven other Perkins restaurants in the Sunshine State came along with the deal. Skyplex developer Wallack Holdings LLC bought an eight-restaurant portfolio of Perkins restaurants for $29 million from General Electric in an effort to secure just one site at 6813 W. Sand Lake Road in Orlando, to include in the Skyplex entertainment and retail development. Business Journal, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 03:17 PM
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