Preview: Rockets at Thunde – Reuters

ReutersThe Oklahoma City Thunder did not look quite as dynamic on offense in their first game without Russell Westbrook but leaned on Kevin Durant and got a win. Durant will…

Stranded ship in Antarctic awaits new rescue plan – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comWith three ice-breakers failing to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, the crew and passengers of the ice-trapped vessel in the Antarctic are waiting to see if two other ships can…

Fire on Express Train in India Kills at Least 26 – ABC News

ABC NewsA fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors…

A&E Ends ‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Suspension, to Restart – Businessweek

BusinessweekThe cast of Duck Dynasty appears on “The View” on the ABC Television Network. Phil Robertson, left, was suspended indefinitely last week by A&E Television Networks LLC after telling GQ…

Mac Pro teardown shows ‘removable’ Intel processor – CNET

CNETThe new Mac Pro packs a processor that can be removed from the system by a user and upgraded, according to a number of reports. Brooke Crothers. by Brooke Crothers.…

The Stupid Way Rap Genius Got Burned by Google – Reuters

ReutersIf you try to game Google, you’re bound to get burned. Such is the case with Rap Genius, a site that hosts and explains lyrics to songs and copy from…

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be a rolling beer can? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYGet ready for Ford’s aluminum pickup truck, likely either to be hailed as a breakthrough product or one that draws scads of comparisons to a beer can. Ford is…

Abe’s shrine visit spurs new tension in Asia – Xinhua

XinhuaWASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Major U.S. newspapers on Thursday published articles saying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine spurs new tension in Asia and…

American Al-Qaeda Captive Warren Weinstein Seeks Obama’s Help – ABC News

ABC NewsAn elderly American man kidnapped and believed to be held captive by Al Qaeda for more than two years has a direct message for PresidentObama: He wants to come…

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…

Arctic 30 ‘free to leave’ Russia – euronews

euronewsGreenpeace has said that all of the so-called Arctic 30 have had their amnesties processed and are free to leave Russia as soon as exit visas are issued. The activists…

Christmas bomb attacks kill 20 in Baghdad’s Christian areas – Reuters

ReutersBAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least 20 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad on Wednesday, including a car bomb that exploded near a church after a…

Thousands killed as South Sudan slides toward civil war: UN – Times of India

Times of IndiaJUBA: Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed in more than a week of violence, with reports of bodies piled in mass graves, the UN said as it…

15 killed, over 130 wounded as car bomb rocks Egypt police station – gulfnews.com

gulfnews.comCairo: A powerful bomb blast tore through a police compound in Egypt’s Nile Delta on Tuesday, killing 15 people and wounding more than 130 in one of the deadliest attacks…

‘Wolf’ both naughty and enjoyable – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleThough “Raging Bull” must still go down as Martin Scorsese’s greatest achievement, “The Wolf of Wall Street” makes the race for No. 2 a lot more interesting. It is…

1. Heat Edge Tough Spurs Team From Atlanta – ESPN

ESPNMIAMI — Bash the Eastern Conference all you want — and most of it is deserved — but the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks put on a 2013-NBA-Finals-like performance at…

S. Sudan President committed to talks without preconditions – Xinhua

XinhuaBEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhuanet) — South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has told a senior US official, he is committed to beginning talks with rebel leader Riek Machar to end the…

Thai Antigovernment Protesters Stage Mass Rally – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThai antigovernment protesters gathering during a rally outside Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence on Dec. 22. Associated Press. BANGKOK—Large crowds of protesters spilled out onto the streets of…

Leaving Las Vegas: Here’s your last USC Trojans fix of the season – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comThat was an oddly fun USC season, wasn’t it? If the Trojans end 2014 at the Las Vegas Bowl, things won’t be so merry, but this year is a little…

Obama keeping with tense situation in South Sudan – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleHONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says any effort in South Sudan to seize power through military force will lead the U.S. and others to cut off support. The…

Freed Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky reunited with son – BBC News

BBC NewsRussian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been reunited with his son after being freed from jail. A spokesman for Khodorkovsky confirmed the reunion as he spent his first…

Mag: We never meant to say that Cruise is a bad daddy – Philly.com

Philly.comLOS ANGELES – The publisher of two tabloid magazines says it never intended to imply that Tom Cruise had abandoned his daughter after his divorce. The statement from Bauer Publishing…

UPDATE 4-BlackBerry steps back on handset business, shares jump – Reuters

Reuters(Adds details). By Euan Rocha, Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell. TORONTO Dec 20 (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Friday it was entering a handset production deal that lowers the…

Kobe has five championship rings but Father Time is undefeated – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMake no mistake, we will see Kobe Bryant play another NBA game. It won’t be for another six weeks, as he recovers from a fractured lateral tibial plateau on…

Watch a referee get knocked over during Bulls-Thunder game – USA TODAY

USA TODAYA collision between Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson had an unintended victim on Thursday: referee Michael Smith. Jackson and Augustin were running…

Who has the power in Ukraine’s crisis? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government. The government has made some gestures toward the opposition,…

Carmelo Anthony says he’s never experienced this – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBOSTON — The walk from the visitor’s locker room at TD Garden to the bus ramp takes about two minutes. For New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, it’s another…

Rick Nash, Danny Briere facing their former teams – USA TODAY

USA TODAYRick Nash will face the Blue Jackets for the first time since his trade in the summer of 2012. It won’t be as big as his March 21 return…

Poll Lookahead: Questions might begin at No. 4 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAfter 15 weeks of the 2013 college football season, the debate over which two teams deserve the top two spots in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll has been…

Sporting KC played from behind entire postseason – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKANSAS CITY, Kan. – All through the MLS Cup playoffs, Sporting Kansas City never struck first. In the final, they didn’t lead at all. So when their steadiest field…

American veteran detained for a month in North Korea arrives home after ordeal – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comBy Mike Brunker, NBC News. An 85-year-old American war veteran detained for more than a month in North Korea arrived in the United States on Saturday, a day after he…

Relief on campus following Winston announcement – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThursday’s announcement that prosecutors would not charge Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston in a nearly year-old investigation of a sexual-battery report. Reactions came swiftly from those involved as…

Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Dead At 95 – CBS Local

CBS LocalNEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela had been battling a recurring lung infection. “We’ve lost our greatest…

Google takes big leap into developing new robots – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleGoogle has launched an aggressive effort to develop a new class of robots, acquiring seven companies in the past six months and putting the man behind Android in…

New York lawsuit seeks ‘legal personhood’ for chimpanzee – NBCNews.com (blog)

NBCNews.com (blog)The non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy “a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right…