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11 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Child soldiers in Central African Republic more than doubled, says charity

Up to 10,000 boys and girls are now fighting in sectarian conflict, according to Save the ChildrenThe number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic CAR has more than doubled and possibly quadrupled since sectarian conflict erupted last year, putting them at risk of long-term psychological damage, Save the Children warns.An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 boys and girls are currently members of armed groups, compared wit

14 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Aetna rate hike excessive, California insurance commissioner says

Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. is imposing excessive rate hikes on more than 5,000 small employers, according to California's insurance commissioner.

16 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Kings and Ducks' TV ratings on the rise

The on-ice success of the Kings and the Ducks has translated into increased Nielsen TV ratings for both teams this season.

17 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Officials OK $1.25-billion midfield terminal and transit links at LAX

The remodeling of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step Thursday when officials approved the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel.

18 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Kurds 'retake ground' from ISIL in Iraq

Top US commander says Kurdish forces backed by US-led warplanes recapture large area in Iraq near the Syrian border.

20 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world State Sen. Ben Hueso avoids jail time in plea bargain

State Sen. Ben Hueso D-San Diego on Thursday entered a plea bargain in which prosecutors lowered charges of drunk driving to a lesser misdemeanor, allowing him to avoid any possibility of jail time.

21 minutes ago // Reuters

world EU needs united approach to Russia for a solution to Ukraine conflict

BRUSSELS Reuters - The European Union must be united in its approach toward Russia if it wants to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

24 minutes ago // ABC

world Latin America Cheers US-Cuba Rapprochement

Latin America leaders celebrate US-Cuba rapprochement, but it complicates stand of Venezuela

25 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Newport Beach and Huntington Beach host annual boat parades

The holiday boat parade an annual display of creativity is underway in Newport Beach, and Huntington Harbour recently wrapped its nautical event.

26 minutes ago // CBS

world Jim Carrey would love to be in the next "Batman" film

"I'd love to work in the new graphic-novel versions of the movie," the actor said.

26 minutes ago // The Guardian

world NT migrant worker program to continue despite Ichthys gas project lay-offs

Energy company Inpex is making 1,400 workers redundant, raising questions about the need for program to bring migrant workers to DarwinA program designed to fill skill shortages in the Northern Territory with migrant workers will continue, despite the loss of 1,400 jobs at the Ichthys gas project.The designated area migration agreement Dama for the Northern Territory region sought to address a shortage of workers in Darwin as people chased higher wages and better conditi

27 minutes ago // BBC

world Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'

Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

30 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Man arrested in string of car fires in downtown L.A.

A 32-year-old transient was arrested on charges of setting a string of car fires in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday, police said.

33 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Nebraska, Oklahoma sue Colorado over legal marijuana

A pair of states on Thursday filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to strike down Colorado's laws that legalize recreational marijuana.

37 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world US: ISIL top commanders killed in air strikes

Officials say two senior leaders have been killed since mid-November, "degrading" ISIL in battle against Iraqi forces.

41 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 'She Loves Me,' though scaled back at Chance Theater, still charming

The three essential qualities invoked in "She Loves Me" -- attractive to the eye, pleasing to the ear and functional -- generally emerge at Chance Theater in Anaheim. Though not without some quirks, this spry, full-hearted chamber edition of Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff's...

43 minutes ago // BBC

world Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

44 minutes ago // ABC

world Hope and Some Fear in Cuba Amid Thaw With US

Thaw in US relations brings hope for greater changes in Cuba, anxiety about future

45 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 'Orphan Black' gets return date on BBC America

"Orphan Black" fans are on a roll. Just a week after series star Tatiana Maslany received her first SAG Award nomination for her stand-out performance as multiple clones, they're getting a first look at the upcoming third season.

46 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Pope Francis' role in Cuba stretches back years

It has been a generation since Pope John Paul II helped kickstart the collapse of the Soviet Union through his support for anti-communists in his native Poland. Now a new pontiff, Francis, has taken up where John Paul left off.

46 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Las Vegas welcomes its 40 millionth visitor it thinks

Las Vegas welcomed its 40 millionth visitor on Sunday, making 2014 a record year.

47 minutes ago // Reuters

world New broom ends EU summit a day early

BRUSSELS Reuters - In a striking symbol of changed leadership, European Union leaders wrapped up their last summit of the year a day early after agreeing to launch an investment fund and maintain sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

49 minutes ago // The Independent

world Peta releases images of 'dog leather' gloves made in China

A global animal rights charity has released shocking images which it claims were taken in Chinese factories where dog skin is used to make everyday products for worldwide exportation, including gloves and shoes.

52 minutes ago // ABC

world Full Episode: GMA 12/18: Decision to Pull the Film 'The Interview' Will Cost Sony Millions

Obama on Pope's Role in Easing of US-Cuba Relations; Ray McDonald Cut From NFL Team After Sexual Assault Allegations

52 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Protester arrested after Brooklyn Bridge clash; police expect more arrests

New York police say that they have arrested one of the seven people sought in connection with a Saturday altercation that left one officer with a broken nose during protests on the Brooklyn Bridge, and expect to arrest "several others" in the coming days.

53 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world Sony hack leads to Team America: World Police being pulled from cinemas

Cinemas that wanted to show the puppet movie mocking Kim Jong-il say they have been stopped from doing so by a Hollywood studio

54 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 'Kardashians' stars Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner finalize divorce terms

The terms of Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner's divorce have been finalized in a neatly packaged deal.

56 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Clippers' DeAndre Jordan leads league in rebounding

DeAndre Jordan knows what his role is for the Clippers -- get rebounds and defend.

57 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Grief in Redondo Beach after car plows through church crowd

The day after a woman drove through families and parishioners leaving a school Christmas concert, killing or injuring 13, scores gathered at St. James Catholic Church to grieve.

57 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Will online privacy problems be solved by 2025? Experts respond in Pew study

As the boundaries between privacy and public information blur, policymakers and technology innovators will struggle to respond, according to a Pew Research Center study on the future of privacy released Thursday.

58 minutes ago // NPR

world No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

58 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Minecraft creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million

Swedish billionaire Markus Persson has bought the Beverly Hills spec mansion built by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky for $70 million.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Dog Runs for the First Time Thanks to 3-D-Printed Legs

Derby was never very good at fetch. He was born with a disability and it seemed like a cart with wheels was his best option until Tara Anderson built him a brand-new pair of legs.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world EU needs united approach to Russia for a solution to Ukraine conflict

BRUSSELS Reuters - The European Union must be united in its approach toward Russia if it wants to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Police focus on timeline in Kendrick Johnson gym mat death

Georgia sheriff's dept. zeros in on case of Kendrick Johnson, 17, and whereabouts of school wrestling team when he was last seen alive

1 hour ago // BBC

world Carbon mission returns global maps

Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.