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NBA prepares for Christmas coming-out party

Nearly two months have passed since the San Antonio Spurs collected their championship rings and began their title defense. Read more

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

Spain Royal Corruption

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Spain'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. Read more

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained. Read more

AP PHOTOS: Sheetos, the street-mime of Cairo

Mideast Egypt Mime Photo Essay

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Bright colors, strange clothes and a striking white mask steal the attention of everyday people going about their business in downtown Cairo. This is the stage for Mohammed Saeed (aka Sheetos) who is waging a lonely campaign to introduce the art of mime to modern Egypt. Read more

Morocco's transgender dancer courts acceptance

Morocco Transgender Dancer

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It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities. Read more

Book showcases West Virginia children's folklore

More than 120 years of West Virginia children's folklore is showcased in a new book. Read more

N. Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

North Korea Movies Sony Hack

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North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling. Read more

Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims

Mideast Iraq Reality TV

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Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show. Read more

Hearing set for ex-Patriot facing murder trial

A pre-trial hearing on jury issues is scheduled Monday for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, whose murder trial is slated to start next month. Read more

La lawyer's debut novel: 'The Cottoncrest Curse'

Lawyer, adjunct law professor, nationally known legal ethicist, humorist, musician, and now novelist are just a few of the ways to describe Michael Rubin. Read more

NKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

North Korea Movies Sony Hack

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North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling. Read more

Showdown for AFC North title moves to prime time

The showdown for the AFC North title will be played in prime time. Read more

Toned-down ads with Heidi Klum OK'd for Las Vegas airport

Images of Heidi Klum will appear in an electronics and gift products company's ads inside McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after all. Read more

Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. Read more

German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old. Read more

How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

Sony Hack Comedy

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How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. Read more

Liverpool scores late for 2-2 draw vs Arsenal

Britain Soccer Premier League

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Martin Skrtel powered home a header deep into stoppage time to earn 10-man Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Read more

New poetry by area poets to be featured on buses

Next time you ride a local bus in Luzerne County, look up toward the ceiling. You might find inspiration. Read more

'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

Box Office

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While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell. Read more

Minnesota writers giving one-of-a-kind gifts

Exchange Anecdotal Gift

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When Karen Rooze was growing up, her family gathered weekly for dinners hosted by her grandparents at their Little Canada truck farm. Her grandmother filled the table with home-grown bounty, and attendance was mandatory. Read more

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