Under Mounting Pressure, Turkey Premier Shuffles Cabinet – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalISTANBUL—Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered the worst blow in his decade in power when an old friend quit the cabinet and called for his resignation—the latest fallout…

Pope, queen and Snowden wish you a Merry Christmas – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTwo of the world’s most respected leaders and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden delivered Christmas messages imbued with a theme of self-improvement on Christmas Day. Pope Francis, speaking on the…

Bulls, Thunder rout New York teams in Christmas Day games – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesThunder 123, at Knicks 94: Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled…

Troop movements down but Atlanta airport USO going strong – WXIA-TV

Troop movements down but Atlanta airport USO going strongWXIA-TVATLANTA — For more than a decade, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been one of the key hubs for troops heading to and…

Russia formally drops criminal charges against 29 of Greenpeace’s Arctic 30 … – Mirror.co.uk

Mirror.co.ukRussia has formally dropped criminal charges against activists arrested on a Greenpeace ship protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic. The environmental protesters and a former Mirror video journalist were…

‘Jersey Shore’ star Jennifer ‘Jwoww’ Farley pregnant – Newsday

NewsdayJwoww is pregnant. “Jersey Shore” reality star Jennifer “Jwoww” Farley announced on her website Christmas Day that she and fiance Roger Mathews are expecting their first child. “Merry Christmas from…

‘Duck Dynasty’ fans given scripted apology by Cracker Barrel after abrupt … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsThe managers of Cracker Barrel have egg on their faces over the growing “Duck Dynasty” debacle. After the fast-food chain yanked show-related merchandise such as mugs, T-shirts…

Serena Williams selected female athlete of year by Associated Press – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesSerena Williams nearly owned women’s tennis in 2013, and the Associated Press took notice by selecting her the female athlete of the year for the third time in…

Bulls start slow, pull away for 95-78 road win over Nets – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneNEW YORK — Well, what did you expect from two injury-riddled teams playing in pajamas on Christmas morning? The Bulls and Nets struggled at the start to make this…

J wow! Jenni Farley of MTV’s ‘Snooki & JWOWW’ announces she’s pregnant – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

The Star-Ledger – NJ.comIt seems young Lorenzo — son of Snooki — will have a playmate. In a Christmas Day post on her website, Jenni “JWoww” Farley announced the big…

Penguins notebook: Bettman upholds Thornton’s 15-game suspension for … – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Post GazettePenguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is tended to by medical staff on the ice after an altercation with Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins on December 7, 2013 in…

Evelyn Lozada reveals engagement to LA Dodgers star Carl Crawford on … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsEvelyn Lozada is switching sports allegiances — and getting married to boot. The 38-year-old “Basketball Wives” star announced her engagement to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford…

Erdogan Overhauls Cabinet as Inner Circle Cracks in Graft Probe – Businessweek

BusinessweekRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, gestures as he gives a speech under a Turkish flag and portraits of himself and Turkey’s first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during a meeting…

Anthony Is Out and Knicks Are Helpless Against Thunder – New York Times

New York TimesThe team’s problems began when Carmelo Anthony arrived for pregame warm-ups wearing a brown blazer. He grabbed a seat on the bench. Related. Knicks’ Vicious Run of Injuries…

Microsoft releases demo app in Windows Phone Store to show off Windows … – Women Citizen

Women CitizenTo show off the capabilities of the Windows Phone App Studio, Microsoft is handing out a demo app to those who visit the Windows Phone Store. The app shows…

Russian ship stuck in ice near Antarctica – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Passengers on a Russian polar expedition ship off Antarctica are getting a whiter Christmas than they probably wanted. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people aboard, got trapped…

Nets’ Effort Questioned, by Fans and by Coach – New York Times

New York TimesThe chorus of boos and jeers started with about half a minute left in the game, when Tornike Shengelia attempted to dribble the ball behind his back but…

Amazon Offers Freebies and Discounts for the Last Time this Year – Morning Ledger

Morning LedgerAmazon Offers Freebies and Discounts You may think that it could already be too late to look for and buy that perfect gift for yourself, your friends, and your…

With recovery going ‘slow,’ Kobe out for Christmas game – NBA.com

NBA.comLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant isn’t happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. It’s a place he’s unaccustomed to being…

Kim Kardashian Shares Photos From Christmas Eve Party With Kanye West and … – E! Online

E! OnlineMerry Christmas from the Kardashian-Jenner clan! Kim Kardashian, along with her sisters, loved ones and close friends, celebrated Christmas Eve in style at mom Kris Jenner’s home for the…

Super Bowl history: How the Super Bowl was born (Part 3 of 5) – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

Super Bowl history: How the Super Bowl was born (Part 3 of 5)The Star-Ledger – NJ.comIn this third installment of how the Super Bowl was born, Star-Ledger columnist emeritus Jerry…

Russia closes cases against Greenpeace activists – The Australian

The AustralianRUSSIA has dropped all but one of the cases against 30 crew members of a Greenpeace protest ship, marking the “final chapter” in a three-month criminal probe, the environmental…

Wes Welker in uniform at practice – ESPN

ESPNENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, who suffered two concussions in a four-week span, and defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, who has not practiced since suffering “seizure-like symptoms”…

Christmas Aboard The ISS; Spacewalk Followed By A Holiday Dinner (VIDEO) – Headlines & Global News

Headlines & Global NewsAstronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) spent their Christmas Eve conducting a rare space walk to swap out a failing part in the craft’s cooling system.…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: 5 Things to Know About Ben Stiller’s Latest Flick – E! Online

E! OnlineBen Stiller directs himself as Walter Mitty, forever a daydreamer who barely leaves an impression at work, but in his mind is the most extraordinary man alive—especially with the…

Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast and Canada Powerless – NPR

NPRChristmas is less than merry and far from bright for hundreds of thousands of families from the upper Midwest to the far northeast and into Canada, where ice storms have…

In South Sudan city, victims of violence reliving memories – CNN International

CNN InternationalBor, South Sudan (CNN) — In the South Sudan city of Bor, memories of 1991 are playing out in real time. That was when Riek Machar fell out with…

Defiant Turkish PM Erdogan in major reshuffle – BBC News

BBC NewsTurkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle after three ministerial resignations over a corruption inquiry. Mr Erdogan named 10 new ministers – almost half of…

Justin Bieber I’m NOT KIDDING About Retiring – TMZ.com

TMZ.com1225-justin-bieber-tmz Justin Bieber is NOT backing off his promise to “retire” after his album drops … and last night, he proved he means business by reinforcing his retirement plans ON…

Pedestrian dead after being hit by minivan on Christmas Eve – Las Vegas Sun

Pedestrian dead after being hit by minivan on Christmas EveLas Vegas SunA pedestrian jaywalking on Maryland Parkway died on Christmas Eve after being hit by a man suspected of driving…

Julia Roberts lets it all go in ‘August: Osage County’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEW YORK — For Julia Roberts, playing tart-tongued Barbara Weston in August: Osage County meant a million different things all compressed into one treasured experience. She was honored to…

Pope reaches out to atheists in Christmas appeal for peace – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldRome: Pope Francis used the first Christmas address of his papacy on Wednesday to make a broad call for global peace and an end to violence in Syria…

NBA Christmas halftime update 2013: Thunder rolling over Knicks, 60-46 … – Philly.com

Philly.comThere’s rolling Thunder in Madison Square Garden through the first half of this one-sided Christmas Day game. The Oklahoma City Thunder are eviscerating the New York Knicks through the first…

Greenpeace activists freed by Russians: Six Britons among group told charges … – Daily Mail

Daily MailThe 30 Greenpeace activists held by the Russians have been told charges against them are being dropped. Anthony Perrett, from South Wales, learned on Tuesday that he was free…

Bruins’ Shawn Thornton’s 15-game NHL suspension upheld by Gary Bettman – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver SunNEW YORK — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 15-game suspension that was assessed to Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for his actions in a game against Pittsburgh…