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Chron.com  - ‎3 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

Judge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access

Salon  - ‎53 minutes ago‎
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.

Draft College Rating System Emphasizes Accessibility, Post-College Success

Harvard Crimson  - ‎1 hour ago‎
The U.S. Department of Education released on Friday a draft plan for a new college rating system that would evaluate institutions of higher education based on a multi-faceted framework, including schools' accessibility to low-income students and how their ...

CBS Local  - ‎2 hours ago‎
REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA.com) - Authorities say a woman has pleaded not guilty in connection with a deadly crash in Redondo Beach in which four people were killed and several others were injured.

US Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriage in Florida begins Jan.6

MiamiHerald.com  - ‎2 hours ago‎
Same-sex marriage will begin Jan.6 in Florida - the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay preventing the state from recognizing the marriages of eight ...

New York Daily News  - ‎11 minutes ago‎
The head of the NYPD's largest union again lashed out at Mayor de Blasio, claiming Hizzoner is “running a f---ing revolution” rather than a city.

Houston Chronicle  - ‎2 hours ago‎
Lowell C. Steward said the Tuskegee Airmen had to "be better because we were looked at harder." . VENTURA, Calif. - Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in ...

Houston Chronicle  - ‎1 hour ago‎
SAN ANTONIO--For the first time in decades, most of the undocumented immigrants detained crossing the border this year came from countries other than Mexico, while the total number of apprehensions climbed for the third year in a row, according to ...

UPDATE 2-US labor agency files complaints against McDonald's

Reuters  - ‎3 hours ago‎
(Adds comments by activists, trade groups). By Daniel Wiessner. Dec 19 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and some of its franchisees were named jointly in complaints filed on Friday by the U.S.

Irish Examiner  - ‎4 hours ago‎
The US government is not fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural disaster, lacking effective co-ordination, congressional investigators have found.

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

Huffington Post  - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights the need to be vigilant.

Huffington Post  - ‎54 minutes ago‎
DENVER (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty. In a letter to The Denver Post published Friday, Robert and Arlene Holmes say they have always loved their son and do not ...

Portfolio: Holiday donation has a nice ring to it

Pittsburgh Post Gazette  - ‎11 minutes ago‎
A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston.

Fox News  - ‎1 hour ago‎
A Michigan lawmaker has snatched victory from the clutches of Satan, just in time for Christmas. A nativity scene will grace the Statehouse lawn in Lansing after all, instead of leaving a satanic display as the capitol's only holiday exhibit.

TheBlaze.com  - ‎6 minutes ago‎
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Doylestown man is accused of making a bogus carjacking report while police were searching for Bradley Stone, who killed six people in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Caring for your “fresh-cut” Christmas tree

Times Bulletin  - ‎6 minutes ago‎
There appears to be a revived interest in using real Christmas trees for the holidays. A real tree in the house adds to the ambience of the holidays with the scent of pine, spruce or fir wafting through the air.

US judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves

Reuters  - ‎5 minutes ago‎
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and ...

Church offers 'Blue Christmas' service

Huntington Herald Dispatch  - ‎9 minutes ago‎
HUNTINGTON Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 513 10th St., Huntington, is offering a "Blue Christmas" service at 7 p.m.

Dickinson Press  - ‎1 hour ago‎
Reuters Photo President Barack Obama answers a question Friday after his end of the year press conference in Washington. Obama dismisses Keystone XL benefits: Republicans say president is wrong.

Deseret News  - ‎1 hour ago‎
Oscar Isaac (left) stars as Joseph and Keisha Castle-Hughes (right) stars as Mary in New Line Cinema's release of Catherine Hardwicke's drama, "The Nativity Story.
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