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12/20/2014 05:52 PM
Kentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-42

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball as Dominique Hawkins, Norman Powell, and Bryce Alford watch, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.



12/20/2014 05:52 PM
U.N.'s Ban hails Obama for 'courageous' Cuba move
BAMAKO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday for what he called courage and vision in renewing ties with Cuba and said he had asked Washington to pursue such a course. Cuban President Raul Castro also demonstrated leadership in reciprocating the opening, Ban said. Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States would renew diplomatic relations it severed 50 years ago, and expand commercial ties with the communist-ruled island. ...

12/20/2014 05:51 PM
AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self
NEW YORK (AP) — AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self.

12/20/2014 05:50 PM
Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) kicks the ball next to San Lorenzo's midfielder Juan Mercier during their FIFA Club World Cup final football match in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on December 20, 2014Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014. The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet. Real added the year-ending trophy to the Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup titles they had already secured in 2014. They will also end the year on top of La Liga.



12/20/2014 05:47 PM
Two New York police officers 'executed' in Brooklyn

A NYPD car is pictured on October 25, 2014Two New York police officers were shot dead in Brooklyn on Saturday, officials said, in what local media called an apparent ambush. The shootings come amid anger over the chokehold death of an unarmed black father-of-six by a white police officer, and a grand jury's decision not to press charges against him. Local media said the assailant was also dead. "Our prayers are with our fellow #NYPD brothers who were executed in the line of duty today in #Brooklyn," the New York Police Department's 66th Precinct posted on its official Twitter page.



12/20/2014 05:35 PM
Officials: Missing dog was dyed to deceive
SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners — but she was a different color.

12/20/2014 05:35 PM
New York City police officers killed, gunman dead: NY Times
(Reuters) - Two New York City police officers died on Saturday after being shot in their patrol car, and the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, The New York Times reported. The officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster said it appeared that they were struck in the upper body, the newspaper said. The gunman opened fire on the officers from the patrol car's passenger side and fled into a nearby subway station. The man then shot himself in the head, the Times quoted Royster as saying. ...

12/20/2014 05:54 PM
AP sources: 2nd NYC cop killed in ambush shooting
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a second New York City officer has died after a gunman ambushed them inside their patrol car before committing suicide.

12/20/2014 05:25 PM
Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

Evilio Ordonez holds Cuban and American flags during a protest against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba, Saturday, Dec, 20, 2014, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The last three members of the "Cuban Five" spy ring were freed this week in a sweeping deal that included the release of American contractor Alan Gross and a Cuban who had spied for the U.S. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Waving U.S. and Cuban flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation.



12/20/2014 05:17 PM
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm

Cincinnati's coach Mick Cronin directs players against San Diego State in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it.



12/20/2014 04:55 PM
Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt
NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt.

12/20/2014 04:54 PM
No. 24 North Carolina beats No. 12 Ohio St 82-74

North Carolina forward Brice Johnson (11) dunks as forward Kennedy Meeks (3) and Ohio State forward Sam Thompson (12), guard Shannon Scott (3) look on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in CBS Sports Classic on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Playing in Michael Jordan's longtime home is a big deal for North Carolina, and the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance.



12/20/2014 04:52 PM
Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers.

12/20/2014 04:32 PM
Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

This Dec. 19, 2014 photo provided by the Fort Worth Texas Fire Department shows a firefighter providing oxygen to rescued cat from a house fire in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday, Dec. 20, that the pet, named Stubby, survived. No one was hurt in Friday's fire, which heavily damaged a home. Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Texas Fire Dept.)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own.



12/20/2014 04:29 PM
Latest developments on the US-Cuba story
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12/20/2014 04:27 PM
No. 4 Louisville holds off Western Kentucky 76-67

Louisville's Terry Rozier goes up for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.



12/20/2014 04:24 PM
Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death
INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.

12/20/2014 04:21 PM
AP NewsAlert
NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 2 NYC officers critically hurt after being shot in patrol car, suspect believed dead.

12/20/2014 04:17 PM
Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the agreement only goes so far, reminding the audience of his call for the U.S. Congress to end the trade embargo. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.



12/20/2014 04:15 PM
Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

Commissioner Bill Bratton, fourth from left, sit among police officials listening as Mayor Bill de Blasio, far right, new NYPD detectives during a promotions ceremony, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York. Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.



12/20/2014 04:14 PM
Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI

In this image taken from video and provided by the Riverdale, N.J. Police Department, Brian Chellis, 23, of Cedar Grove, N.J. talks with a Riverdale police officer after being found passed out in a car early Dec. 20, 2014. Police say that they found the man, who dressed as an elf, asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. Chellis, who faces drunk driving charges, was issued a summons and released to a family member. (AP Photo/Riverdale Police Department)RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey.



12/20/2014 04:13 PM
French police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant
PARIS (AP) — Officials say a man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France.

12/20/2014 04:07 PM
Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish forces gather on the roof of their makeshift base, as they look upon areas held by Islamic State militants outside of Mosul, less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the newly liberated village of Kasr Reej, 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)BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.



12/20/2014 04:06 PM
Kenya to US: Our terror laws are better than yours
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Kenya is criticizing the United States for raising concerns about a new Kenyan law aimed at fighting terrorism.

12/20/2014 03:56 PM
Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated: Pentagon

The abandoned "Camp X-Ray" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is pictured April 9, 2014Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer toward his goal of closing the controversial US military jail.



12/20/2014 03:49 PM
US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

** FILE ** In this Oct. 10, 2007 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. Military, an American flag flies behind the barbed and razor-wire at the Camp Delta detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.



12/20/2014 03:26 PM
Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from "Gone Girl." The film, released in 2014, is based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Merrick Morton)NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.



12/20/2014 03:24 PM
Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?



12/20/2014 03:23 PM
Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014

FILE - this Nov. 8, 2014 image provided by NBC shows, from left, John Allyn as Michael Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Jake Lucas as John Darling, and Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling from the musical version, "Peter Pan Live!" (AP Photo/NBC, Virginia Sherwood)NEW YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample:



12/20/2014 03:21 PM
2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

In this image released by The CW, Gina Rodriguez portrays Jane in the new series, "Jane The Virgin." (AP Photo/The CW, Tyler Golden)NEW YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air.



12/20/2014 03:20 PM
Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Travolta accidentally introduced her as "Adele Dazeem" right before she was about to sing the hit song "Let It Go," from the animated film, "Frozen." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.



12/20/2014 03:19 PM
The AP's top 10 movies of the year

This image released by Music Box Films shows Agata Trzebuchowska in a scene from "Ida." (AP Photo/Music Box Films)The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:



12/20/2014 03:14 PM
Year's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts'
NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.

12/20/2014 03:10 PM
Year's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour'
NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:

12/20/2014 03:04 PM
Bill Cosby's silence may be his best defense at this point

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. Cosby has has remained silent, and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more than 15 women making accusations stretching back years, Cosby has little to gain by speaking publicly. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent — and that may be his best strategy.



12/20/2014 03:03 PM
AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listens during a meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington. Yellen replaced Ben Bernanke in early 2014. Amid signs that the U.S. economy was growing strongly and unemployment was falling, she and her colleagues brought the Fed’s bond-buying program to an end. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)LONDON (AP) — No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades.



12/20/2014 02:54 PM
N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.



12/20/2014 02:45 PM
Louisville F Harrell ejected vs Western Kentucky

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell, right, puts up a shot over the defense of Western Kentucky's George Fant during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell has been ejected from the fourth-ranked Cardinals' game at Western Kentucky for throwing an elbow.



12/20/2014 02:42 PM
Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.



12/20/2014 02:39 PM
North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to North Korea's U.N. mission and the official KCNA news agency. ...



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