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To ring in New Year, town will drop a giant nail

A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. The Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1zLN2tm) reports West Fairview plans to drop a 7-foot-tall nail as the clock ticks down Wednesday night. Local artists constructed the nail out of wood. The ...

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1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster

Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The Italian Defense Ministry said 165 of ...

Obama: Longest war in US history is ending

President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul. Obama says in a statement that the effort has devastated ...

Police boss: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed

A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city's police commissioner called Sunday for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect. Speaking on NBC's "Meet The ...

FL Lottery

These Florida lotteries were drawn Sunday: Cash 3 Midday 9-1-6 (nine, one, six) Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $172 million Play 4 Midday 1-4-5-9 (one, four, five, nine) Powerball Estimated jackpot: $120 million

Winning numbers drawn in 'Play 4 Midday' game

The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Play 4 Midday" game were: 1-4-5-9 (one, four, five, nine)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were: 9-1-6 (nine, one, six)

This image released by IFC Films shows Ellar Coltrane at age six in a scene from the film,"Boyhood."  (AP Photo/IFC Films)

The AP's top 10 movies of the year

The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: 1. "Ida" — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn't previously a major name in international cinema. Yet at a time when most filmmakers can't keep their movies under two hours, ...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates his touchdown with head coach Jason Garrett during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Murray breaks Smith's Cowboys season rushing mark

DeMarco Murray has set the franchise single-season rushing record for the Dallas Cowboys. Murray passed Emmitt Smith's mark with a 32-yard run in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Smith rushed for 1,773 yards in 1995. Murray entered the season finale needing 29 yards to break ...

AirAsia plane carrying 162 lost; 3rd Malaysia airline shock

An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace thick with dense storm ...

Saudi: Salaries will not be cut to curb spending

The Saudi Finance Ministry says it is not trying to trim public salaries, wages and allowances after an earlier government statement said efforts were being made to reduce such expenditures in the face of a nearly $39 billion deficit. The state-run Saudi Press Agency on Sunday quoted an unnamed ministry ...

FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, June 7, 2009, Ben Ammi Ben Israel, the spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, is greeted by the crowd during festivities marking the holiday of Shavuot in the southern Israeli town of Dimona. The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a polygamous vegan group that believes some black Americans descended from a Jewish tribe, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at age 75, the group announced Sunday. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, the polygamous vegan group said Sunday. Ben Ammi Ben Israel died Saturday ...

Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight

Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar. ___ Q: What could have happened here? A: ...

This photo released by Disney Enterprises, Inc. shows Meryl Streep as the Witch in a scene from the film, “Into the Woods." The movie opened in theaters Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Inc., Peter Mountain)

Box Office: 'Hobbit' wins Christmas, 'Big Eyes' flops

Audiences had their pick of genres over the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." The final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy marched to the top spot ...

University system uses loophole to lobby lawmakers

University System of Georgia officials spent tens of thousands of dollars on football tickets, food and events for state lawmakers despite a law banning many freebies for members of Georgia's Legislature. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/13CHJ1l ) reports records obtained through an Open Records Act request show that lobbyists spent more ...

Egypt: Biblical epic 'Exodus' banned over errors

Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews. The Culture Ministry explained its decision for the first time in a statement issued a few days after the ban was announced. ...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were: 2-4-1-1-2 (two, four, one, one, two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were: 4-4-3 (four, four, three)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were: 0-3-9-2 (zero, three, nine, two)

DeKalb DA investigator accused of speeding, DUI

The lead investigator of the DeKalb County district attorney's office is out on bond after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in suburban Atlanta. Authorities say Craig Scott was driving about 104 mph on Interstate 20 Friday night when he was pulled over by a Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy. ...

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