New York City’s first babies of 2014 – 7Online.com

7Online.comTwo infants born at two different hospitals in New York City just as the clock struck midnight! Shannon-Lee and Tenzin Choetso both entered the world just as the New Year…

Maple Leafs beat Red Wings in snowy Winter Classic – CNN

CNNTyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at…

Bobcats-Clippers Preview – ESPN

ESPNLooking to bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers should have a good chance to get back on track at home after their…

Police: 6 killed by car bombs in Somali capital – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two car bombs exploded on Wednesday night outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital that often is used by foreigners and government officials, killing at least…

Cavs’ Irving has only bruised knee, day to day – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comCLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving only sustained a bruised knee against Indiana and is not expected to miss significant time. The team said an MRI taken Wednesday revealed…

James Avery, star of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ dies at 68 – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died Tuesday, his publicist confirmed. He was 68. The…

Maple Leafs win Winter Classic in shootout – USA TODAY

USA TODAYANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning shootout goal to turn the Winter Classic into a Winter Wonderland for jubilant Toronto Maple Leafs fans. The crowd was…

Syrian Hackers Take Over Skype Blog, Twitter, Facebook Accounts – PC Magazine

PC MagazineThe SEA took over Skype’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as its official blog. “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army … Stop Spying!” read a Jan. 1 post on…

Miley Cyrus Chooses Fashion Over Fans – natmonitor.com

natmonitor.comMiley Cyrus caps off her shocking year, wearing sequins and a real fur coat in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve! While the performance was relatively sedate for…

US women’s hockey team named for Sochi Olympics – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOne by one, they waved their Go USA mittens as the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team was announced Wednesday during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic in…

Recap: So Carolina vs. Wisconsin – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarOrlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Connor Shaw ended his college career on a high note, accounting for five touchdowns in the eighth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks’ 34-24 victory over the…

Atlanta woman holds out hope for baby stolen 35 years ago – WSB Atlanta

Atlanta woman holds out hope for baby stolen 35 years agoWSB AtlantaThough the house on Mourey Avenue in southeast Atlanta is long gone, Green still remembers going upstairs to take…

Lakers’ Jordan Farmar out again with hamstring injury – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Los Angeles Lakers can’t keep point guards on the court. Jordan Farmar is out at least four weeks with a torn left hamstring, the Lakers announced Wednesday. Farmar…

North Texas cruises past UNLV in Heart of Dallas Bowl – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDALLAS (AP) — Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice and North Texas dominated the second half Wednesday to beat UNLV 36-14 in…

Rose Bowl preview: Michigan State vs. Stanford – National Football Post

National Football PostThe 2013-14 college football bowl season continues on New Year’s Day as the Rose Bowl takes place between Michigan State and Stanford in Pasadena. Here are some things…

Brady might watch wild-card games, but might not – Boston.com

Boston.comFOXBOROUGH — With the Patriots not playing a game this weekend courtesy of their playoff bye, they’ll have the opportunity to watch their upcoming opponent on television during wild-card weekend.…

UPDATE 2-South Sudan president declares state of emergency ahead of talks – Reuters

Reuters… slideshows. * Emergency declared in Jonglei, Unity states. * Fighting near the flashpoint town of Bor. * Mediator fears fighting could scupper talks in Ethiopia. * White House says…

Pope Francis Urges Tolerance, Solidarity in New Year’s Day Mass – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaPope Francis called for greater tolerance and solidarity among humankind during his first New Year’s day blessing as pontiff. The 77-year-old Argentine pope spoke to tens of thousands…

Thousands Rally For Full and Free Elections in Hong Kong – Radio Free Asia

Radio Free AsiaThousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to call for universal suffrage in planned elections for the territory’s chief executive which are currently controlled by…

Lebanon arrests Saudi leader of Al-Qaeda-linked group – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBeirut: Lebanese military authorities have arrested the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the offshoot of al-Qaeda that claimed responsibility for the double suicide bomb attack on the…

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson Says Family Has “Learned a Lot” From … – E! Online

E! OnlineWillie Robertson is looking forward to 2014 for a number of reasons. “I’m going to take better care of my beard this year than last year, so more lotions…

‘Will Not Wait’ on Inequality, de Blasio Tells New York – New York Times

New York TimesBill de Blasio claimed his place as the 109th mayor of New York City shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, delivering an inaugural address at City Hall in…

Jim Caldwell: Jim Caldwell to interview for Lions, Redskins – Rotoworld.com

Rotoworld.comNFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Ravens OC Jim Caldwell will interview for the Lions and Redskins head-coaching vacancies. Caldwell took over for Cam Cameron as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator late…

Palestinian envoy in Prague killed by blast after he opens old safe – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesRAMALLAH, West Bank — The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old…

Reports: Larry Johnson named Penn State interim coach – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPenn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim coach as the school looks for a replacement for Bill O’Brien, according to a report in the Centre…

Maple Leafs-Red Wings game at a glance – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTime/TV: Wednesday, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings, 1 p.m. ET, NBC. Goalie matchup: Detroit’s Jimmy Howard vs. Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier. Weather forecast: 17 degrees at game time,…

Ohio State’s Noah Spence suspended for Orange Bowl – azcentral.com

azcentral.comYou can share your full access digital subscription with a friend by simply entering in their email address. Click below to proceed. Share now. Remind me. No thanks. Ahwatukee; |;…

Blast kills Palestinian diplomat in Prague when opening safe – BBC News

BBC NewsA Palestinian diplomat has been killed in an explosion at his home in the Czech capital, Prague, in what police say appears to have been an accident. Jamal al-Jamal,…

Arsenal: Nicklas Bendtner is set for ‘weeks’ out with ankle injury – BBC Sport

BBC SportNicklas Bendtner is set for “weeks” on the sidelines with an ankle injury leaving Premier League leaders Arsenal with a striker shortage. The Denmark international came off the substitutes…

‘Fresh Prince’ Dad James Avery Dies Dead At 65 – TMZ.com

TMZ.com10:46 AM PT — We’ve just learned Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery and died from complications from the operation. update_grey_gray_bar. James Avery — the beloved dad on “The…

Pope gives words of hope for 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPope Francis offers words of “strength, courage, hope” in new year. Attendees in Vatican City respond to his words of inspiration. (Jan 01). Loading… Post to Facebook. Pope gives…

Mogadishu hotel targeted by bombs, at least one killed – Reuters

ReutersMOGADISHU (Reuters) – Three bombs exploded within an hour outside the front of a hotel popular with government officials in a heavily fortified district of the Somali capital on Wednesday,…

Bump, Flock Apps Saying Farewell Following Google Acquisition – PC Magazine

PC MagazineThe Bump and Flock sharing apps will be removed from the App Store and Google Play as of Jan. 31, Bump Technologies announced Tuesday. “After this date, neither app…

‘Duck Dynasty’: Robertson family members ready to ‘move on’ – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesWillie and Korie Robertson, two of the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” show appeared on Fox News’ New Year’s Eve special, “All American New Year,” and appeared ready…

South Sudan delegates arrive in Ethiopia for talks – Financial Times

Financial TimesDelegates representing South Sudan’s government and rebels arrived in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Wednesday for talks to try to end nearly three weeks of fighting in the…