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Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.... 12/19/2014 9:02 PM

Theater shooter's parents plead for his life
DENVER (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain - a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.... 12/19/2014 8:51 PM

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.... 12/19/2014 9:14 PM

Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.... 12/19/2014 8:17 PM

Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
DENVER (AP) -- Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement.... 12/19/2014 9:14 PM

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.... 12/19/2014 6:16 PM

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a series of online digs Friday at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy, declaring that he rejects an isolationist approach to foreign policy.... 12/19/2014 8:16 PM

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
MIAMI (AP) -- The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.... 12/19/2014 5:28 PM

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.... 12/19/2014 7:23 PM

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.... 12/19/2014 8:26 PM