- 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.
- Capacity crowds pack screenings of '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.
- Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights
HAVANA (AP) — Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he's suddenly worried that time may be running out.
- 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.
- Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef also is hanging it up.
- 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.
- US traveler released from East Timor jail
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released from prison.
- Power returns to Mississippi town after twister
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Workers restored power Thursday to tornado-scarred Columbia, while volunteers helped clear rubble, cover roofs and do whatever else they could to help the Mississippi town recover.
- NORAD 'tracks' Santa's journey across globe
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command pretended to monitor Santa Claus as he made his storybook Christmas Eve flight, saying they used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to the Americas.
- James receives mixed reaction in return to Miami
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was running the gamut of emotions Thursday when he arrived at the arena that he called home for the past four seasons.
- Lakers' Kobe Bryant sidelined again by soreness
CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant is sitting out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers' contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.
- Westbrook scores 34, lifts Thunder over Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance.
- 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.
- In year of odd bounces, reality bites at World Cup
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