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'Skywalker' rises again; 'Little Women' go big at box office

'Skywalker' rises again; 'Little Women' go big at box office

LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars” was still rising in the last weekend of the year, while “Little Women” broke big at the box office.
Police: Parishioners kill man who fatally shoots 2 at church

Police: Parishioners kill man who fatally shoots 2 at church

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and fired on worshippers Sunday, killing two people before he was shot to death by congregants who fired back, police said.

Climate grandma satire causes German broadcaster headache

BERLIN — A German public broadcaster has pulled a satirical ditty sung by a children's choir about a grandmother's environmentally questionable habits and apologized after the song drew a wave of criticism.
5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in latest attack on Jews

5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in latest attack on Jews

MONSEY, N.Y.
US strikes hit Iraqi militia blamed in contractor's death

US strikes hit Iraqi militia blamed in contractor's death

WASHINGTON — The U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia blamed for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor, Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday.
Congressman John Lewis says cancer is his latest battle

Congressman John Lewis says cancer is his latest battle

ATLANTA — As a civil rights activist at 25, John Lewis was beaten so badly his skull was fractured and the TV images from an Alabama bridge in the 1960s forced a nation's awakening to racial discrimination.
Official: 1 dead from plane crash in Maryland neighbourhood

Official: 1 dead from plane crash in Maryland neighbourhood

LANHAM, Md. — A small plane crashed in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital Sunday, hitting a home's carport and killing the lone person aboard the aircraft, authorities said.
Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

KABUL — The Taliban's ruling council agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, providing a window in which a peace agreement with the United States can be signed, officials from the insurgent group said.
Somalia bombing kills dozens; airstrikes target militants

Somalia bombing kills dozens; airstrikes target militants

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 78 people including many students, authorities said.
The King reigns: LeBron James is AP's male athlete of decade

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP's male athlete of decade

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals.