3 US military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before. The U.S. military aircraft were about to land in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week, when they were hit. The military said the four wounded troops were in stable condition.
Massive, sloppy storm system snarls holiday travel CHICAGO (AP) - Those who got a jump on their holiday travels this year apparently got it right. Those who didn't may have to wait a bit. A large storm system moved into the Midwest on Friday for the start of one of the busiest travel periods of the year, but things didn't really get messy until Saturday, when it delivered a bit of everything - freezing rain, snow, ice, flooding and even tornadoes - to an area that stretched from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to eastern Canada.
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Khodorkovsky: Don't boycott 2014 Sochi Olympics BERLIN (AP) - Mikhail Khodorkovsky says the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi are a "celebration of sport" that should not be damaged. The former oil tycoon spent 10 years in jail on what the West considers trumped-up political charges by President Vladimir Putin's government. He was pardoned Friday and flew to Berlin.
Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - In this land of fire and ice, where the fog-shrouded lava fields offer a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the "hidden folk" - thousands of elves, making their homes in Iceland's wilderness. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century elves got political representation.
Bangladesh factory owners charged in deadly fire DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide Sunday for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year. It was the first time Bangladeshi authorities had sought to prosecute factory owners in the world's second-largest garment industry. A series of recent deadly disasters - including the Nov. 24, 2012, fire and a factory collapse in April that killed more than 1,100 workers - exposed how harsh and often unsafe conditions can be for many of the country's 4 million workers providing clothing to major Western retailers.
Hospital: Teen who was shot at Colo. school dies LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials and her family said. Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13.
Recession-hit Spain holds huge Christmas lottery MADRID (AP) - Millions of Spaniards were glued to their televisions Sunday as the country's cherished Christmas lottery - the world's richest - distributed a bounty of 2.5 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in prize money. The draw is so popular that most of Spain's 46 million people watch at least part of the four-hour show live, desperately hoping that the schoolchildren singing out the winning numbers will call out their ticket.
Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders WASHINGTON (AP) - A covert CIA program has helped Colombia's government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the rebel insurgency also known as FARC, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The National Security Agency has also provided "substantial eavesdropping help" to the Colombian government, according to the Post. And the U.S. provided Colombia with GPS equipment that can be used to transform regular munitions into "smart bombs" that can accurately home in on specific targets, even if they are located in dense jungles.
US releases more documents on surveillance origins WASHINGTON (AP) - The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal court order to release its previous legal arguments for keeping the programs secret.