- Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.
- Hundreds of theaters begin screening 'The Interview'
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.
- Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.
- More protests sparked after shooting near Ferguson
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.
- Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?
ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.
- James receives mixed reaction in return to Miami
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James received a loud, mixed reaction when he was introduced at AmericanAirlines Arena for the first time since leaving the Miami Heat.
- John Wall, Wizards outclass Knicks, 102-91
NEW YORK (AP) — John Wall is fast and flashy, a showman who practices 360-degree layups and then pulls them off in games.
- K-State's Snyder still penning old-school notes
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The letters come on Kansas State stationery, always written in purple, felt-tip pen. The scrawling handwriting is unmistakable, the looping letters clear and distinct.
- In year of odd bounces, reality bites at World Cup
Gothic folklore met modern dentistry, with the whole world watching.
- Former NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China
BEIJING (AP) — After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball.