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  • Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/spain-princess-cristina-going-trial-fraud-094651717.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/mmR.SCxx58QYPE9HHDiV5A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/news/2014-12-22/25f02f70-89f8-11e4-80ab-e520611780ed_AP869029705608.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud" align="left" title="Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud" border="0" /></a>MADRID (AP) — Spain&#039;s Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • It's down to the wire for online shopping
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/down-wire-online-shopping-182113961--finance.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/tKl.tFZpyp_SlL5OCFdx7w--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/9f95dc70254ffa32680f6a70670076a0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, courier Michael Price loads packages onto a truck for delivery at a FedEx facility in Marietta, Ga. FedEx, UPS and e-commerce retailers are trying to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders caused delivery delays. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, courier Michael Price loads packages onto a truck for delivery at a FedEx facility in Marietta, Ga. FedEx, UPS and e-commerce retailers are trying to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders caused delivery delays. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)" border="0" /></a>ATLANTA (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Truck veering out of control kills 6 pedestrians in Glasgow
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Six people were killed and several others injured when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow Monday, police said.
  • Obama signs New York state disaster declaration
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.
  • US stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/asian-markets-gain-oil-rebounds-071356976--finance.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/iRPuxe5AAh3S.1dSLQxbdw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/722c6e78249af632680f6a7067001fa5.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stock indexes are opening mostly higher Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, as the market builds on its big gains from last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)" align="left" title="FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stock indexes are opening mostly higher Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, as the market builds on its big gains from last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)" border="0" /></a>Stocks moved slightly higher in afternoon trading Monday, on pace to build modestly on gains from last week. The market has closed higher over the past three trading days. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices held back the rally.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • It's becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/becoming-easier-shop-overseas-holiday-season-181704408--finance.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/YjJ.6GXNYcXOVllhNPt1Qw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d9e210022547fa32680f6a70670044f3.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, a shopper walks across a floor displaying fashion brands and restaurants&#039; names at a shopping mall in Beijing, China. This holiday season, some companies are hoping to make it as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, a shopper walks across a floor displaying fashion brands and restaurants&#039; names at a shopping mall in Beijing, China. This holiday season, some companies are hoping to make it as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)" border="0" /></a>NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it&#039;s almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/russian-minister-talks-ruble-104459436--finance.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/IphKZRQpNd.a2uMIG5wgDg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/9c9cf40323bbf232680f6a706700826f.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Alexei Kudrin gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Alexei Kudrin, Russia’s finance minister in 2000-2011, has predicted a major economic crisis in Russia next year even if the prices on oil, the backbone of the Russian economy, go up. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)" align="left" title="Alexei Kudrin gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Alexei Kudrin, Russia’s finance minister in 2000-2011, has predicted a major economic crisis in Russia next year even if the prices on oil, the backbone of the Russian economy, go up. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)" border="0" /></a>MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Russia curbs grain exports while battling currency crisis
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/russia-impose-customs-controls-limit-cereal-exports-110804971.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/NULyKt4cMHyFyBmfhf0cQw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/9a1f35a3907f8e7e21313ecef8663b4b0bf40aea.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="The fall of the ruble has made grain exports far more profitable for Russian farmers, leading to a steep rise in domestic wheat prices despite one of the best harvests on record" align="left" title="The fall of the ruble has made grain exports far more profitable for Russian farmers, leading to a steep rise in domestic wheat prices despite one of the best harvests on record" border="0" /></a>Russia announced plans Monday to limit grain exports as it scrambled to avoid a hike in the politically sensitive cost of bread during the holidays, the latest in a series of moves by Moscow to cope with the consequences of its currency crisis. Meanwhile China offered unspecified help to Russia, which is dealing with a collapse of the ruble due to tumbling oil prices and Western sanctions that threaten to push the country into a severe recession and forced the government to help banks and consider supporting airlines. Moscow said Monday that the customs barrier on grain exports was aimed at ensuring its own food security as the currency crisis bites.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/ap-poll-police-killings-blacks-voted-top-story-105532785.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/uX1_trQi04ISxaii8dK1kA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/6b2120ced998b931680f6a7067009074.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway of the Ferguson, Mo. police station as he is outlined in chalk as a memorial to Michael Brown. Some witnesses said 18-year-old Brown had his hands up in surrender, others said he was making a charge. But there was no dispute he was unarmed and shot dead by a white police officer. In New York City, another unarmed black man, Eric Garner, was killed after a white officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest for unauthorized cigarette sales. After grand juries opted not to indict the officers, protests erupted across the country, punctuated by chants of &quot;Hands up, don&#039;t shoot&quot; and &quot;I can&#039;t breathe.&quot; (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway of the Ferguson, Mo. police station as he is outlined in chalk as a memorial to Michael Brown. Some witnesses said 18-year-old Brown had his hands up in surrender, others said he was making a charge. But there was no dispute he was unarmed and shot dead by a white police officer. In New York City, another unarmed black man, Eric Garner, was killed after a white officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest for unauthorized cigarette sales. After grand juries opted not to indict the officers, protests erupted across the country, punctuated by chants of &quot;Hands up, don&#039;t shoot&quot; and &quot;I can&#039;t breathe.&quot; (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)" border="0" /></a>NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press&#039; annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/french-police-raise-security-weekend-attacks-101458999.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/NfVY4adyECjc9ja.ImrHvA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/1f29588723a1f232680f6a7067003748.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="This photo provided Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 by local newspaper Le Bien Public shows rescue workers tending at victims after a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots in Dijon, central France, Sunday Dec. 21, 2014. French police are raising security after an attack on officers in central France, and the country’s top security official is arriving in the city where a driver ran down 11 pedestrians. (AP Photo/Christian Guileminot; Le Bien Public)" align="left" title="This photo provided Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 by local newspaper Le Bien Public shows rescue workers tending at victims after a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots in Dijon, central France, Sunday Dec. 21, 2014. French police are raising security after an attack on officers in central France, and the country’s top security official is arriving in the city where a driver ran down 11 pedestrians. (AP Photo/Christian Guileminot; Le Bien Public)" border="0" /></a>PARIS (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.</p><br clear="all"/>

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