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Switzerland's Daniel Yule celebrates winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

Swiss skier Yule takes Kitzbuehel slalom for 3rd win in 2020

Jan. 26, 2020 10:00 AM EST

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Daniel Yule ended a 52-year wait for a Swiss slalom victory at Austria’s most prestigious ski racing event on Sunday. Yule won the concluding competition of the traditional Hahnenkamm races, becoming the first Swiss slalom winner here since two-time Olympian Dumeng...

Russia's Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return to Croatia's Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Sharapova can't say what's next after Australian Open loss

Jan. 21, 2020 6:37 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Her Grand Slam losing streak up to four matches, Maria Sharapova surely was aware questions about her future would be coming. She wasn't able to provide answers. Might this have been her last trip to the Australian Open, a tournament she won in 2008 as part of a career Grand...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris pose for photos during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea. Harris on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, says he was surprised and pleased that North Korea did not give the U.S. an unwelcome “Christmas gift” because of stalled nuclear disarmament talks, and that President Donald Trump is still confident it will denuclearize. (Heo Ran/Pool Photo via AP, File)

US envoy surprised that NKorea didn't give 'Christmas gift'

Jan. 16, 2020 5:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday he was surprised and pleased that North Korea did not give the U.S. an unwelcome “Christmas gift” because of stalled nuclear disarmament talks, and that President Donald Trump is still confident it will denuclearize....

No charges for shooter who killed man at Christmas party

Jan. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who fatally shot another man at a company Christmas party won't face criminal charges because he acted in self-defense, authorities in South Carolina said Wednesday. Lexington police told news outlets that no charges will be filed against Glenn Wilbur Rowe Jr., 46, in the...

Christmas ransomware attack hit New York airport servers

Jan. 10, 2020 11:48 AM EST

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York airport and its computer management provider were attacked by ransomware over Christmas, officials said. Officials at the Albany County Airport Authority announced Thursday that the attack came to light after Schenectady-based LogicalNet reported its own management...

Serbian Orthodox Church believers watch a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Cetinje, some 30 km south of Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic canceled a private visit to Montenegro he'd planned amid a row between the two former Balkan allies over a new law that Serbs say discriminates against the Serbian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Orthodox church tensions in Montenegro on Christmas Eve

Jan. 6, 2020 1:06 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Dozens of police on Monday were deployed in Montenegro for Orthodox Christmas Eve celebrations being held amid heightened tensions over a religious rights law opposed by the Serbian church in the small Balkan country. In the historic capital of Cetinje, police separated...

Bulgarians sing, play bagpipes and chain dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during Epiphany, in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria on Monday to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)

Seeking the cross: Icy dips mark the feast of Epiphany

Jan. 6, 2020 10:33 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria on Monday to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in Epiphany ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. By tradition, the person who retrieves the wooden cross...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2015, file photo, shows members of the Phunny Phorty Phellows, celebrating aboard a streetcar in New Orleans. It's the official end of the Christmas season but just the start of the season leading up to New Orleans' biggest street party, Mardi Gras. A couple of walking parades and streetcar-riding groups touch off revelry climaxing on Fat Tuesday itself — Feb. 25 this year. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Countdown to Mardi Gras: This year, 7 weeks of festivities

Jan. 6, 2020 2:36 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Christmas season is officially drawing to a close, but it's just the start of the season leading up to New Orleans' biggest street party: Mardi Gras. Some walking parades and streetcar-riding groups touch off Carnival revelry, which climaxes on Fat Tuesday — Feb. 25 of this...

Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton, centre, is carried off the pitch on a stretcher, during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Aston Villa, at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

Injuries pile up as EPL managers vent at festive workload

Jan. 3, 2020 12:18 PM EST

It's tough to know who had the bigger workload during a Premier League festive period perhaps like no other - the players or the clubs’ medical departments. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce lost four of his players to injury - and was forced to keep on the field a player, American DeAndre Yedlin, with a...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2004, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers stand guard on the armored vehicles at the their base in Dongducheon, South Korea. A U.S. military base in South Korea accidentally blared an alert siren instead of a bugle call, causing a brief scare just as the U.S. and its allies are monitoring for signs of a provocation from North Korea, which has warned it could send a

US military base blares false alarm amid N Korea concerns

Dec. 27, 2019 11:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.S. military base in South Korea accidentally blared an alert siren instead of a bugle call, causing a brief scare just as the U.S. and its allies are monitoring for signs of provocation from North Korea, which has warned it could send a “Christmas gift” over...