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  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/protesters-contempt-court-anti-whaling-campaign-090343112.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/2dqx6d4i4PxGjX63MwHgcw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/77930a06d999b931680f6a706700e5b3.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="File - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file)" align="left" title="File - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file)" border="0" /></a>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/obama-touches-down-hawaii-annual-vacation-084353546.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/32Gv.EG9ji6fykEYsig_3Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/f3a2a97cdb4dc131680f6a706700422f.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)" align="left" title="President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)" border="0" /></a>KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/lawyer-woman-did-not-intend-hit-pedestrians-090433198.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/v_GIsLv8QOF67pBLbiJeQQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/51dc7cc495c69d31680f6a706700b7e1.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Mourners placed flowers at a make shift memorial Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, near where a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended Wednesday night in Redondo Beach, Calif. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" align="left" title="Mourners placed flowers at a make shift memorial Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, near where a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended Wednesday night in Redondo Beach, Calif. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who &quot;does not live her life recklessly.&quot;</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Israel aircraft hit Gaza for first time since August truce
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-air-planes-strike-gaza-strip-rocket-231729624.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ePw2PC_JTlt2bl2J2s1d_A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-REF-TS-Nic6398756-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas thrown by Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah on December 19, 2014" align="left" title="Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas thrown by Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah on December 19, 2014" border="0" /></a>Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for the first time since an August truce ended 50 days of war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said early Saturday. A spokesman for Gaza&#039;s health ministry said there were no casualties in the air strike, which came just hours after the rocket hit an open field in southern Israel on Friday without causing casualties or damage. It was only the third instance of rocket fire from Gaza since the August 26 truce between Israel and the territory&#039;s Islamist de facto rulers Hamas. The Israeli army said the air strike had &quot;targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure site&quot;.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • UN chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/un-chief-praises-ebola-nurses-pledges-support-during-083717320.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/wAM0Qhg.h9YKHNYUv6JtUw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_ZA/News/Reuters/2014-12-20T083717Z_1007970001_LYNXMPEABJ01J_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-HEALTH-EBOLA-BAN.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="U.N. Secretary General Ban has his temperature checked upon arrival at the Roberts International airport in Monrovia" align="left" title="U.N. Secretary General Ban has his temperature checked upon arrival at the Roberts International airport in Monrovia" border="0" /></a>By Matthew Mpoke Bigg HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. ...</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Things to know about Friday's baseball news
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/things-know-fridays-baseball-news-022702846--spt.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/2jHkoS0MQcKskaBohGHbVQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/e43e3786ba4eb731680f6a706700a7eb.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, center, poses for a picture with Padres general manager A.J. Preller, left, and manager Bud Black, right, during a news conference introducing Kemp as part of the baseball club Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Diego. The Padres deal for the former the Los Angeles Dodger was the first of three big deals by the new Padres general manager, who also has added outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and All-Star catcher Derek Norris from Oakland. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)" align="left" title="San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, center, poses for a picture with Padres general manager A.J. Preller, left, and manager Bud Black, right, during a news conference introducing Kemp as part of the baseball club Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Diego. The Padres deal for the former the Los Angeles Dodger was the first of three big deals by the new Padres general manager, who also has added outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and All-Star catcher Derek Norris from Oakland. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)" border="0" /></a>There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-north-korea-hacked-sony-vows-response-054355643.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/c45oGB8ILygZovAu0Vj99g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/43a3da67b9b1b431680f6a7067008180.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)" align="left" title="President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)" border="0" /></a>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony &quot;made a mistake&quot; in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea&#039;s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond &quot;in a place and manner and time that we choose&quot; to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • 2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/2016-hopeful-ben-carson-pledges-support-israel-080219673--politics.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/jpKxV61H7e9FwDdyY9iPxQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/ae3b4f2adb17c031680f6a706700d32f.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md. In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone _ and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md. In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone _ and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)" border="0" /></a>JERUSALEM (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Pakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.
  • Bouteflika's mental faculties intact, to continue to rule Algeria: party chief
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/bouteflikas-mental-faculties-intact-continue-rule-algeria-party-082130501.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/Trit8rcv4LfsixDs3v2bSQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_ZA/News/Reuters/2014-12-20T082130Z_1007970001_LYNXMPEABJ01H_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-ALGERIA-BOUTEFLIKA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a swearing-in ceremony in Algiers" align="left" title="President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a swearing-in ceremony in Algiers" border="0" /></a>ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika&#039;s mental and cognitive faculties are intact and he will continue to govern, the ruling FLN party&#039;s chairman said on Friday, in comments aimed at quashing rumours over the ageing leader&#039;s health. Bouteflika, 78, suffered a stroke last year that put him into a French hospital for months and fuelled speculation over whether the former independence fighter would step down and make way for a transition in the North African state. ...</p><br clear="all"/>

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