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AP-Times Square poll: Shootings weighed on Americans in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Mass shootings and attacks weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, according to a new poll that found most believe this year was worse for the world than last year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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Police: Fight sparks North Carolina mall shooting; 1 killed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A shooting at a North Carolina mall sent shoppers fleeing into stores, some locking themselves inside, on Christmas Eve, but police say the incident was sparked by a long-running feud and was not a random act of violence.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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Obama: We never take US troops for granted

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — In a Christmas Day gesture of gratitude, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops that "we never take for granted" what they do to keep Americans safe and free.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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Pope contrasts Jesus' birth, excess in Christmas Eve homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus' birth as he rebuked what he called societies' intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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AP EXPLAINS: What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name?

LONDON (AP) — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here's a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:

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Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message: Light can triumph

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas message Friday to proclaim that light can triumph over darkness in these perilous times — and to comment on the joys of having a new great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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Okinawa sues Tokyo in bid to stop move of US Marine air base

TOKYO (AP) — Local authorities on Okinawa sued Japan's central government on Friday in an attempt to stop the relocation of a U.S. air base, deepening their decades-long row over the heavy American troop presence on the southern Japanese island.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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Young fire survivor to share Christmas cheer in shelters

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl who lost her father and younger siblings in an arson fire that left her severely scarred is sharing the good cheer that has been bestowed on her, by the tractor-trailer load, since her simple Christmas wish went viral.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015

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