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Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

The U.S. Education Department says it will start forgiving federal loans for 15,000 former students whose colleges closed before they could graduate

The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Etihad sued for $2.3 billion by Air Berlin insolvency admin

Dutch court upholds maximum sentence for cyberbully

US industrial production climbed 0.6 percent in November

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Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

First transgender contestant competes in Miss Universe

Lawmaker: Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka's prime minister

Spain plans to spend $8 billion on military hardware upgrade

Street racer critically injures 2 girls in hit-and-run collision, police say

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

Official: Offensive against Taliban kills at least 20

An Afghan official says an assault on Taliban positions in northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, which included U.S .air strikes, killed at least 20 insurgents, contradicting Taliban claims of civilian casualties

US retail sales rose 0.2% in Nov., helped by holiday boost

US retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices

  Woman seriously injured in bear attack in PA

Melinda Lebarron was outside of her home with her dog when she was attacked by a bear Wednesday evening.

7-year-old migrant girl held at US border dies in custody

Federal officials say a 7-year-old girl picked up with her dad and other migrants along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border suffered seizures and spiked a high fever in immigration custody and later died

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

KFC unveils fried chicken-scented yule log

Kelly Clarkson backs lip-synching mom who embarrassed son

The Latest: 4th person dies after Strasbourg market attack

China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts

13 young miners feared dead in India's remote northeast

The Latest: Serbian president visits troops amid tensions

Serbian state television says President Aleksandar Vucic has visited army troops as tensions soared over the formation of a new Kosovo army.

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

People close to Flynn tell The Associated Press he has been relaxing with friends at events such as an Elton John concert. At a recent Boston Celtics game, strangers approached him to shake his hand and get photos.

Volkswagen on track to break last year's sales record

Automaker Volkswagen says it is on track for a new annual sales record despite troubles getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Truck crashes through home, misses sleeping woman

Pickup truck smashes through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch

Official vows action after AP reports missing migrant girls

An Indonesian official is vowing to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's poorest regions

  How Sandy Hook changed responses to mass shootings

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School six years ago changed the way law enforcement and citizens respond to mass shootings.

Here’s your 2018 USPS, FedEx and UPS holiday shipping deadline guide

According to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday will remain the busiest shopping day this holiday season with 116 million planning to shop.

The Latest: US-China trade spat having role in climate talks

Costa Rica's environment minister says the trade spat between the United States and China is playing a role at the U.N. climate talks

Dutch suspect to be arraigned in slaying of US student

An American student living in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam has been stabbed to death in her apartment and police are preparing to arraign a 23-year-old man suspected in the slaying

The Latest: Romania calls on UK to respect EU citizen rights

Romania's president is stressing how important it is for Romanians and other European Union citizens in the U.K. to have their rights respected after it leaves bloc

UK's May sticks to her Brexit plan despite rebuff from EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that her Brexit deal was still alive and kicking, despite a late-night rebuff from the European Union after she asked for changes to make the agreement more palatable to U.K. lawmakers

Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army

Kosovo's parliament has overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region

Virgin Galactic’s supersonic plane reaches space

Billionaire Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic is one step closer to its goal of sending tourists into space.

Paris police bracing for more violent protests

Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris police prefect says thousands of officers and armored vehicles will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday

German parliament approves 3rd gender identity for records

The German parliament has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse."

Prosecutor: 7 held in Strasbourg shooting investigation

Investigators looking into the Strasbourg attack are trying to establish whether the main suspect was helped by accomplices while on the run, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz says

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led fighters take major town in last area held by Islamic State group

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of official pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics

3 women stabbed in German city, unclear if attacks linked

German police say three women have been stabbed and wounded in the city of Nuremberg, and they are investigating whether the incidents are connected

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak; mother died in childbirth

World markets fall on Chinese growth concerns

Stock markets are down after China reported disappointing economic data, stirring up worries about the impact of trade tensions on the world's second largest economy.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm, CDC reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an E. coli strain linked to romaine lettuce has been traced to an irrigation reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, CA.

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is days away from being sentenced on a felony charge that in different times might have brought an end to his career

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina admits to conspiring against US

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina has made a plea deal with federal prosecutors for a lighter sentence.

Trump's search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

President Donald Trump's hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of a reality TV show

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

The Senate has delivered back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia in an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist," has died at age 81.

Use of death penalty continues to decline in Texas

A new report says that while Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline.

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year

Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC

Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then hit Mike Williams for the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Chiefs

CBS settled with Dushku over 'Bull' star's sexual comments

CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network's show "Bull," made her uncomfortable when she was a recurring character on the show.

Trump faces questions over hush money payments as inauguration spending comes under investigation

Reports Thursday said that President Trump was at a 2015 meeting where hush money payments were arranged on his behalf, and that there is now a federal investigation into how his inauguration funds were spent.

Harden's 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers

James Harden had a triple-double of 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and scored 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night

Vasilevskiy shines in return, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 4-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams

Half of iconic Bert & I duo dies 60 years after recording

Bob Bryan, half of the comedy duo "Bert and I," has died in his home in Quebec

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

Federal immigration authorities have confirmed that a 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke, who co-starred in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died at age 74.

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment flat

A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged, as worries about global trade tensions persisted

US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward

Holocaust survivor killed by car while crossing street

A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street in Oregon

Mavs' Nowitzki makes debut in 21st season vs Suns

Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns.

Japan begins reclamation at disputed US base despite protest

Japan's central government has started main reclamation work at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite fierce local opposition

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning

Starbucks to expand delivery in US, China

Starbucks to expand delivery in effort to accelerate growth in US and China

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States

Girl, 7, died in Customs and Border Protection custody last week, report says

The girl died of dehydration and shock hours after being taken into CBP custody while crossing into the U.S. illegally with her father in New Mexico.

Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco

Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

Facebook hosts one-day 'pop-up' event in New York City's Bryant Park

Encarnacion, Santana go, 3-team trade wraps winter meetings

Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future

Gun deaths hit highest level in almost four decades last year

A new analysis of data done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns last year.

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

With the Northwest's beloved killer whales on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced dramatic plans to help them, including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

President Donald Trump is invoking something called the "advice-of-counsel" defense in response to the scandal over hush-money payments made to conceal his alleged affairs

Gordon inactive for Chargers, Berry set to play for Chiefs

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is joining backup Austin Ekeler on the inactive list for their high-profile AFC West showdown against the Chiefs

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

US officials trace E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least 1 farm in California

Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

Nancy Pelosi says Democrats running the House next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns

Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's continuing a serious look at a third presidential run while acknowledging he probably couldn't win GOP primaries held today

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has quickly unloaded Raytheon stock