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Kindertransport refugee to be a knight

Seventy years after he arrived in Britain as a refugee, Erich Reich has been awarded a knighthood for his charitable work, officials announced Thursday.

Calif. police building rigged to explode

Police officers and other members of a gang task force in Southern California found their building had been rigged to explode Thursday, authorities said.

Accused bomber attended Houston seminar

The young Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane showed no signs of radical views at an Islamic seminar in Texas, a leader says.

Thousands brave cold for Hogmanay

About 80,000 people endured freezing temperatures to welcome the New Year at Edinburgh's celebration of Hogmanay, as New Year is called in Scotland.

Judge orders halt to Calif. furloughs

A California judge has ruled the state improperly furloughed tens of thousands of state workers and ordered the practice halted.

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TSA choice gave Senate misleading data

President Obama's choice to run the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said he gave a Senate committee misleading data but it was "inadvertent."

Chub now rare in Great Lakes

Chub, a small fish found only in the Great Lakes, has become a rare find in stores in the U.S. Midwest thanks to zebra mussels and other invasive species.
Call from plane suspect alarmed father

Call from plane suspect alarmed father

The father of the suspect in the failed airline bombing attempt feared his son had been planning in Yemen to undertake a suicide mission, ABC News reported.
Obama gets prelim post-attack assessments

Obama gets prelim post-attack assessments

U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday he received a preliminary assessment of the reviews he ordered following a failed terror attack on Christmas Day.
Obamas take in 'Avatar' during vacation

Obamas take in 'Avatar' during vacation

U.S. President Barack Obama and his family spent part of the morning of New Year's Eve taking in a private viewing of the movie "Avatar," the White House said.

4 fishermen rescued off British islands

Four fishermen were plucked to safety Thursday after their trawler caught fire off Britain's Isles of Scilly, officials said.

Sunset Strip's seeking a revival

Sunset Strip in Hollywood is getting repaved for the first time in 75 years to restore some of the fading boulevard's former grandeur, officials say.

Teacher allegedly robbed 2 banks

A teacher at a New Hampshire middle school has been charged with robbing two banks in Massachusetts.

Irish Catholic Cardinal Daly dead at 92

Venerable Irish Catholic Cardinal Cahal Daly died Thursday in Belfast, officials said. He was 92.

Cuban government unhappy with Obama

President Barack Obama's honeymoon period with the Cuban government appears to be over, with Cuban leaders denouncing him as another U.S. imperialist.

Hu says China continued growth in 2009

President Hu Jintao summed up 2009 Thursday as a year in which China continued its economic growth in spite of the global financial crisis.
Intel lapses compared to those pre-9/11

Intel lapses compared to those pre-9/11

Intelligence lapses before the U.S. airline bombing attempt recall those preceding the 2001 terror attacks, says the former Sept. 11 commission chairman.

Hundreds of carcasses found at Philly home

Authorities say they think hundreds of animal remains discovered at a Philadelphia residence this week may be linked to religious rituals of some sort.

Burglar robs house as family sleeps

A Dallas-area couple was robbed by a burglar who tiptoed from room to room as they and six of their grandchildren slept.

Was Yemen course cover for terror suspect?

The suspect in the failed airline terror attempt enrolled in a Yemeni school last summer so he could legally re-enter that country, the school's director says.

State Dept. to require visa information

New U.S. State Department rules require information on visa status to be included in reports on those suspected of terrorist ties, CNN reported Thursday.
Suspect in West Bank mosque fire released

Suspect in West Bank mosque fire released

A teenager related to Israeli radical politician Meir Kahane was released hours after his arrest Thursday on suspicion of a mosque arson, his lawyer said..

Yemen eyes Abdulmutallab-cleric link

Yemeni investigators say they're looking into a link between the man accused in the failed Christmas Day airliner terror attack and a radical Muslim cleric.

Argentine ex-archbishop given prison term

The lawyer for former Argentine Catholic Archbishop Edgardo Storni says he is appealing his client's conviction for sexually abusing a seminarian.
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