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Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected
08:57 PM, 01.25.2015

Protesters hold posters against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they hold a demonstration in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. Arabic writing on the banner at right reads, "Militias do not build a country." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country.


 
Miss USA, 4 others in finals for the Miss Universe crown
08:52 PM, 01.25.2015

Miss Universe contestant Grace Levy, center, of Great Britain, smiles as she chats with other contestants during a break in rehearsals, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Florida International University in Miami. The Miss Universe pageant will be held Jan. 25, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega made it into the top five finalists in the running to be crowned Miss Universe in Sunday evening's pageant in Miami.


 
Asia stocks down as anti-austerity party wins Greek election
08:41 PM, 01.25.2015

A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Fotis Plegas G.)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel.


 
Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
08:40 PM, 01.25.2015

J.K. Simmons acepta el Premio SAG al mejor actor de reparto por su trabajo en “Whiplash”, el domingo 25 de enero del 2015 en Los Angeles. (Foto por Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)Quotes from Sunday night's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:


 
Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks
08:35 PM, 01.25.2015

Shanté Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson embrace near the Montgomery County Courthouse, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala., where they plan to stay overnight to be married Monday morning. A federal judge has stayed her order overturning Alabama's gay marriage ban for two weeks. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday put a two-week hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but said same-sex couples should not be kept in lengthy legal limbo.


 
Japan trade deficit swells to record in 2014
08:34 PM, 01.25.2015

Shipping containers are loaded onto trailer trucks at the port in Tokyo, on November 20, 2014Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record $109 billion in 2014, data showed Monday, mostly because of huge post-Fukushima energy bills, but analysts said a recent drop in oil prices would shrink the yawning gap. The shortfall of 12.78 trillion yen, Japan's fourth-consecutive annual deficit, was 11.4 percent wider than 2013 and was the worst since records began in 1979, according to the finance ministry. Fuel costs have weighed heavily on Japan as the resource-poor country struggles to plug a huge energy gap after the 2011 atomic crisis forced the shutdown of nuclear reactors that once supplied more than a quarter of its power. In December alone, however, Japan's trade deficit almost halved over the previous year to 660.7 billion yen, largely thanks to falling oil prices.


 
'Birdman' tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton
08:21 PM, 01.25.2015

Eddie Redmayne accepts the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for “The Theory of Everything” at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)The backstage farce "Birdman" topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Michael Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the most outstanding actor category.


 
Millsap, Horford lead Hawks to 16th straight win
08:19 PM, 01.25.2015

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford, right, dunks the ball against the defense of Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng, of Senegal, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford isn't missing many shots these days for the Atlanta Hawks.


 
Cibulkova ends unseeded Azarenka's run at Australian Open
08:19 PM, 01.25.2015

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Dominika Cibulkova reproduced the kind of tennis that helped her reach the final last year as she beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open.


 
Bill Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge
08:01 PM, 01.25.2015

Bill Haas poses kisses the trophy after winning the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Bill Haas pulled off another imaginative escape to win the Humana Challenge.


 
Anti-austerity Syriza storms to historic Greek victory
07:59 PM, 01.25.2015

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras raises his fist as he greets supporters following victory in the election in Athens on January 25, 2015Radical left party Syriza swept to power in Greece on Sunday promising to end years of painful austerity policies, in an election victory that puts the country on a collision course with the EU and international creditors. In a result that exceeded analysts' expectations, Syriza and its 40-year-old leader Alexis Tsipras won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek parliament, just two short of an absolute majority, with most of the votes counted. The New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the former party of government, was routed and reduced to around 76 seats. Syriza will become the first anti-austerity party to take power in Europe and Tsipras will be Greece's youngest prime minister in 150 years.


 
Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards
07:56 PM, 01.25.2015

FILE - This file photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Michael Keaton, left, as Riggan in a scene from the film, "Birdman," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. “Birdman” received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America’s highest film award Saturday night, Jan. 24, 2015, at a ceremony in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Copyright Twentieth Century Fox, Atsushi Nishijima, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:


 
Blizzard expected for 250-mile stretch of Northeast
07:55 PM, 01.25.2015

Icicles drip from the overhang of a picnic shelter at the Blacksburg Municipal "Hill" Golf Course after a winter storm in Blacksburg, Va. on Saturday, Jan. 24 2015. The National Weather Service has lifted a winter weather advisory for much of the Baltimore and Washington areas. But the advisory remains in effect until noon for western Maryland, western Virginia and points to the north.(AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)NEW YORK (AP) — A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.


 
"Birdman" wins best film cast at Screen Actors Guild Awards
07:53 PM, 01.25.2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman" wins best film cast at Screen Actors Guild Awards.

 
Debbie Reynolds honored for lifetime achievement
07:49 PM, 01.25.2015

Carrie Fisher, right, presents Debbie Reynolds with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds accepted the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild for her nearly seven decade career.


 
IS claims it executed Japanese hostage
07:47 PM, 01.25.2015

Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the IS group through Al-Furqan Media allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knifeThe Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world. The claim, made Sunday, came a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yukawa by the jihadist group, which has beheaded five Western hostages since August last year. It sought to raise the pressure on Japan by saying the fate of the other captive, freelance journalist Kenji Goto, depended on the release of an Iraqi would-be female bomber who is on death row in Jordan. "The Islamic State has carried out its threat... it has executed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after the expiry of the deadline given," the jihadist group said on its Al-Bayan radio.


 
Airlines prepare to shut down in Northeast for snowstorm
07:46 PM, 01.25.2015

Airlines are preparing to shut down operations along the East Coast as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.

 
Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil
07:40 PM, 01.25.2015

Alexis Tsipras, center, leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition party surrounded by supporters arrives at the headquarters of his party in Athens, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. The anti-bailout Syriza party has won a decisive victory in Greece's national elections, according to projections by state-run TV's exit poll, in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone.


 
Griffin, Paul lead Clippers to 120-100 win over Suns
07:35 PM, 01.25.2015

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) shoots as Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker, left, arrives late to defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers are known for their offense. But it was a stifling defense late Sunday night that made the difference against the Phoenix Suns.


 
2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas
07:33 PM, 01.25.2015

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

 
Tavares scores 4, Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12
07:31 PM, 01.25.2015

Team Toews' John Tavares, left, of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period of the NHL All-Star hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was enough to give a goalie nightmares: A record 29 goals, 25 players with at least two points and eight with at least four.


 
Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video
07:31 PM, 01.25.2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after he signed a book of condolence for the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Abe said earlier in the day he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other. The Associated Press has not verified the contents of the video, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group. It holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.


 
East Coast braces for 'historic' blizzard on Monday
07:26 PM, 01.25.2015

Snow collects on a bicycle during a winter snowstorm in CambridgeBy Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people. The National Weather Service (NWS) on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the northern section of the East Coast from Monday afternoon until Tuesday, placing states from New Jersey to Indiana under winter storm watches and advisories. "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference, saying the snowfall could reach up to 3 feet.


 
10 Things to Know for Monday
07:12 PM, 01.25.2015

Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters in Athens, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


 
New York braces for monster snowstorm
07:09 PM, 01.25.2015

Man at a lake in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015, in New York CityAuthorities in the US northeast warned Sunday of a fast-moving winter storm that could cause regional chaos and dump as much as three feet (just under a meter) of snow on New York City. People were scrambling to pick up storm staples such as shovels, road salt and ice scrapers.


 
Sundance Watch: 'Cobain' premieres, women talk Hollywood
07:01 PM, 01.25.2015

Frances Bean Cobain, left, daughter of Kurt Cobain and executive producer of the documentary film "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," embraces her mother and Cobain's widow Courtney Love at the premiere of the film at The MARC Theatre during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard:


 
Reinsurers Axis Capital, PartnerRe to merge in $11 billion deal
06:49 PM, 01.25.2015

(Reuters) - Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe Ltd have agreed to an $11 billion merger to create one of the world's largest reinsurers, PartnerRe said on Sunday. The combined company will have gross premiums topping $10 billion, total capitalization of more than $14 billion, and total cash and invested assets of more than $33 billion, according to the PartnerRe statement. PartnerRe shareholders will own 51.6 percent of the new company, and Axis holders, 48.4 percent, according to the statement.

 
Boehner says fixing U.S. infrastructure 'critically important'
06:47 PM, 01.25.2015

Speaker of the House Boehner listens as his fellow Republicans speak to the media after a conference meeting with House RepublicansThe top U.S. House of Representatives Republican said it was "critically important" to improve the country's infrastructure and said Congress is looking at options to pay for repairs, according to an interview aired Sunday night on the CBS program "60 Minutes." House Speaker John Boehner said he agreed with the White House there was room for bipartisan compromise on the issue of fixing crumbling roads and bridges, but that Congress in the past has not opted for an increase in federal gasoline taxes to fund the effort. In the wide-ranging interview, the pair also said they disagreed with Obama's characterization that Congressional action on sanctions against Iran would derail multi-party talks under way to curb Iran's nuclear program.


 
Haas holds on to win Humana Challenge
06:41 PM, 01.25.2015

Bill Haas during the final round of the Humana Challenge on January 25, 2015 in La QuintaBill Haas rolled in some huge birdies and made some key pars on the back nine to beat five challengers by one shot and win the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge. This is great," said the 32-year-old Haas on Sunday. Haas shot a final round 67 to finish the week at 22-under-par 266 and win for the sixth time on the PGA Tour. Second-round leader Matt Kuchar finished with a five-under 67 and he ended tied for second along with Charley Hoffman (64), Brendan Steele (64), Park Sung-Joon (65) and Steve Wheatcroft (67) at 21-under 267.


 
Morocco arrests suspected Algerian militant tied to Frenchman's murder
06:36 PM, 01.25.2015

A portrait of mountain guide Frenchman Gourdel hangs near a French flag outside the town hall in Saint-Martin-VesubieMoroccan authorities said on Sunday they arrested a suspected Algerian member of the militant group responsible for kidnapping and beheading French tourist Herve Gourdel east of Algiers in September. An al Qaeda splinter group known as Caliphate Soldiers kidnapped Gourdel when he was hiking in the Algerian mountains. The suspect, who was with another individual still on the run, was arrested in Beni Drar, near the Moroccan city of Oujda, a statement from the Moroccan interior ministry said. Oujda is located a few kilometers from the Algerian border.


 
Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge
06:34 PM, 01.25.2015

FILE - This July, 2001 aerial file photo shows the Coastal Plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.


 
Greek leftists Syriza expect to form government by Wednesday
06:28 PM, 01.25.2015

Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras will probably be sworn in as prime minister by Monday and have a government in place by Wednesday at the latest, according to a party official. Tsipras, who wants to renegotiate a chunk of Greek debt and cancel austerity measures, will meet with the leader of the small anti-bailout Independent Greeks party Panos Kammenos on Monday morning. "There was an agreement with Mr Kammenos to meet on Monday at 10:30 local time to confirm the support and possible participation of the Independent Greeks in the new government," according to the official who declined to be named. Tsipras, whose party is expected to fall just short of a majority in the 300-seat parliament, also wants to meet the leaders of the centrist To Potami party and Communist party KKE before his government takes office.

 
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
06:24 PM, 01.25.2015

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, Brittany Mariscal, an entomological technician with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, sorts and counts dead captured mosquitoes under a microscope in Key West, Fla. Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.


 
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
06:22 PM, 01.25.2015

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, Brittany Mariscal, an entomological technician with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, sorts and counts dead captured mosquitoes under a microscope in Key West, Fla. Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.


 
Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John's 77-68
06:15 PM, 01.25.2015

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, celebrates with his players after his 1,000th career win in an NCAA college basketball game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Krzyzewski became the first men's coach in Division I history with 1,000 wins. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Coach 1K. How grand.


 
Greek election: LIVE REPORT
06:10 PM, 01.25.2015

Alexis Tsipras greets supporters in Athens following victory in Greece's electionAthens (AFP) - 00:16 GMT - WE ARE CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT on the Greek elections with the anti-austerity Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras on course to be the largest party in the new parliament.


 
LeBron outduels Durant, Cavaliers win 6th straight, 108-98
06:07 PM, 01.25.2015

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) lofts a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Cleveland. James scored 34 points to lead the Cavaliers to their sixth straight win, beating Oklahoma City 108-98. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — The sold-out arena buzzed with 20,000 fans decked out in matching gold T-shirts. There was a national TV audience, two high-profile teams and All-Stars all over the floor.


 
Notre Dame theologian known for books, liberal stands, dies
06:03 PM, 01.25.2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut, according to the school. He was 78.

 
Jason Brown wins first US title, holding off Adam Rippon
06:01 PM, 01.25.2015

Jason Brown reacts following his performance in the men's free skate competition in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Brown won his first U.S. title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jason Brown gushed to Adam Rippon: "Oh my god, it was amazing."


 
Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30
06:01 PM, 01.25.2015

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.

 
 
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