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Mississippi towns regroup after deadly storms
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) -- Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off.... 12/24/2014 10:44 PM

Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.... 12/24/2014 9:49 PM

Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.... 12/25/2014 3:19 AM

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 a subway station and committed suicide.... 12/24/2014 11:37 PM

NORAD 'tracks' Santa from Australia to S. America
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America.... 12/25/2014 3:22 AM

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas
HONOLULU (AP) -- Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas.... 12/24/2014 11:35 PM

Christmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mall
GRETNA, La. (AP) -- A man who had just bought something at a suburban New Orleans shopping mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police said.... 12/25/2014 2:21 AM

Report: Ebola survival improving 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.... 12/24/2014 11:49 PM

Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing
DENVER (AP) -- Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most.... 12/24/2014 2:14 PM

California road rage captured on cellphone camera
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A road rage incident was captured in a dramatic cellphone video that showed two women frantically trying to escape a vehicle that chased them and repeatedly tried to force their car off a mountain highway.... 12/24/2014 6:19 PM