December 20, 2014

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Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Read More…

Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day appears on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hallof Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock ’n’ roll, Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Dec. 16

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Pakistan school attack kills more than 125  The Taliban claim responsibility for storming a military-run school in the troubled region of Peshawar in one of its bloodiest operations in recent times. Most of the dead are children Read More…

Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport

This file image shows an artist's impression of the Qatar Foundation Stadium . The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is shaping up as a unique experience. (AP Photo/Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, File)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports = global fame. Never in sporting history has a country invested so massively, quickly, broadly, internationally and ostentatiously as the small oil-and-gas rich Gulf emirate that is using the world’s thirst for energy and for sporting Read More…

Camille Cosby defends husband as ‘kind, generous’

In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby, left, and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby’s wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man I do not know.” In a statement issued Monday, Camille Cosby dismissed accusations that date back as far as the late Read More…

Chicago thieves adopt ‘crash-and-grab’ tactics

Yellow tape surrounds the scene where a van can be seen inside the glass entrance of a store on South Western Avenue, in Chicago. At least a dozen "crash-and-grab" burglaries, in which gangs drive stolen cars directly into retail businesses, has shop owners nervous and police stumped in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson)

CHICAGO (AP) — All the burglars use the same audacious tactics: A vehicle crashes through a storefront in the wee hours and up to six people in dark clothing and ski masks pour out,grabbing whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. Then the thieves dash out over the broken glass to a waiting getaway Read More…

Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats made it harder for Republicans to derail Obama’s nominations by weakening the Senate’s Read More…

AP was there: Romania’s Revolution in 1989

In this file photo dated Dec. 23, 1989, people stand on a armored carrier in the suburbs of Timisoara, Romania, during clashes between the army and pro-Ceausescu forces, as over 5000 people are reported killed in Timisoara during this week. Twenty-five years ago the people rose up against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and set the country on a path to democracy. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five years ago the people rose up against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and set the country on a path to democracy. One of the near victims of the revolt that toppled Ceausescu and communism in Romania was AP correspondent John Daniszewski — now a senior managing editor at the news agency — who, Read More…

Search intensifies for Pa. gunman who killed 6

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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Schools closed and hospitals and other public places tightened security as police in two suburban Philadelphia counties hunted on Tuesday for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives. Residents remained on alert even as officials lifted a shelter-in-place order for parts of Bucks County, where Read More…

Ruble slides again despite Central Bank rate hike

Signs advertising currencies are illuminated next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia's Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the troubled currency. It's the biggest interest rate hike since 1998, the year when Russia defaulted on its sovereign bonds. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — A massive interest rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank on Tuesday failed to stem the selling pressure on the ruble, which slid another 14 percent Tuesday to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a Read More…