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  • NEW YORK - DECEMBER 27:  The Port Authority Police Department's Canine Unit  patrols Terminal 4 of JFK airport on December 27, 2009 in the Queens borough of New York City.   Airport security has been tightened after the failed Christmas Day attack of trans-Atlantic flight over Detroit.  (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

    State Department issues worldwide travel alert

    WASHINGTON — The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres. The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.” It also warned of the possibility of individuals carrying out their own attacks. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests,” the […]

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    ‘Game of Thrones’ poster fuels Jon Snow debate

    Jon Snow lives… maybe. HBO released the first promo art for the upcoming sixth season of “Game of Thrones” on Monday, causing fans to buzz because it features Jon Snow. The teaser poster shows Snow, played by Kit Harington, looking down, eyes closed, with blood streaking down his face along with the words “April” and “HBO” below him. The show returns in April. For many fans, the image is confirmation that the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch is alive […]

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    Target going ‘all in’ for Cyber Monday, company president says

    Cyber Monday is not overrated, according to one Target executive who said the retailer has its “biggest, boldest plans yet” set for this year. “Pundits for a while now have been dismissing Cyber Monday, with headlines in recent years declaring it ‘obsolete’ or even a ‘myth,'” president of Jason Goldberger said in a blog post. But Target is “going all-in” on the e-commerce sales day, he wrote. will offer 15 percent off sitewide on the Monday after Black […]

  • Kaleb Pedersen is part of a deaf family. He is the oldest at age 20 and sy he prefers the deaf culture over the hearing world.

    A hearing son in deaf family: ‘I’d rather be deaf’

    SAN FRANCISCO — Meet the Pedersen family: parents Rod and Jamie; and the children: Zane, Jax and Kaleb. They were all born deaf, except Kaleb — who at age 20, is the oldest child. “Obviously, I didn’t choose to be the only hearing one,” Kaleb said on the phone from their home near San Francisco in Pleasanton, California. Thanks to his upbringing, Kaleb prefers Deaf culture over the hearing world. “There’s more of a sense of belonging in the Deaf […]

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    Shooting breaks out at music video being filmed in New Orleans, 16 people injured

    NEW ORLEANS — A shooting in a New Orleans park left 16 people injured, police said. Several hundred people had gathered at Bunny Friend Playground for an impromptu music video filming late Sunday when two groups began firing on each other, the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement. “Witnesses told police that both groups left the park on foot immediately after the shooting,” police said. Officers were already in route to break up the gathering when the shooting broke […]

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    Where Thanksgiving calories hide — and how to burn them off

    When you sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the cards will be stacked against your diet. Those favorite dishes are just so high in calories — hello, stuffing and sweet potato casserole! — and there are just so many of them, it can seem impossible not to splurge. But with the right planning and a serving of willpower, you can have a healthy (or healthier) Thanksgiving. How to dish up a healthier meal “My advice is to do everything […]

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    No sign of Paris suspect in Belgium raids as Brussels remains under high alert

    BRUSSELS — Brussels remained under extremely heavy security Monday after police carried out raids around the Belgian capital amid warnings of possible terrorist attacks similar to those that killed 130 people in Paris 10 days ago. Sixteen people were arrested in raids Sunday across Brussels and in Charleroi, another Belgian city, said federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt. But authorities found no firearms or explosives in the raid, suggesting they hadn’t defused the threat that has prompted the government to […]

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    White rhinos closer to extinction after ‘Nola’ dies at San Diego Zoo

    SAN DIEGO — The world’s northern white rhinoceros population plunged by a quarter on Sunday with a death at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Nola, a 41-year-old northern white rhino, died after being treated for a bacterial infection and age-related health issues, the zoo said. The rhino’s condition had worsened significantly in the last 24 hours, and zoo veterinarians made the decision to euthanize her. Forty-one years is at the upper end of a white rhino’s life expectancy. Nola […]

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    Man arrested in pastor’s wife murder case

    INDIANAPOLIS — Officers in Indianapolis have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Amanda Blackburn, 28, a pregnant woman who was shot and killed in a home invasion, police said. Early Monday, Police Sgt. Kendale Adams named the suspect as 18-year-old Larry Taylor. He faces a preliminary charge of murder in the Nov. 10 shooting. Marion County prosecutors will decide upon a final charge. Detectives from Indianapolis’ Violent Crimes Unit worked together with the Gangs Units and with […]

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    Brussels remains under highest terror alert amid warning of ‘imminent threat’

    BRUSSELS, Belgium — Paris and Brussels continued to defend against the threat of terrorist attacks Sunday, with raids and arrests in the Belgian capital and a fresh appeal from French police. It has been nine days since a wave of ISIS attacks in Paris killed 130 people. French authorities have said the Paris attacks were organized in Belgium. According to Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw, authorities carried out some 20 searches Sunday and 16 people were arrested. No firearms […]

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    UnitedHealth Group, America’s largest insurer, may quit Obamacare

    NEW YORK — UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest insurer, is scaling back its marketing of Obamacare exchange plans and may exit the program completely. Facing major losses in its Obamacare business, UnitedHealth said Thursday it would evaluate the viability of its exchange offerings in the first half of 2016. Some 550,000 people are enrolled in the insurer’s exchange plans. The announcement is the latest in a string of bad news for President Obama’s signature health law. A dozen cooperative insurers set […]

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    President Obama calls ISIS ‘killers with good social media’

    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama toughened his rhetoric against ISIS at a weekend press conference in Malaysia that concluded his nine-day trip abroad. The group responsible for the Paris terror attacks is “a bunch of killers with good social media,” he said. “They are dangerous and they’ve caused great hardship to … an overwhelming majority of people.” The global coalition formed to destroy ISIS “will not relent,” he vowed. “We will not accept the idea that terrorist assaults on […]


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