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Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

FILE - In this June 30, 2016, file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. Carter on Friday, Dec. 9, made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) ? U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.



Debris in Alaska lake possibly from plane carrying 4 people

File - In this July 5, 2013, file photo is a glacier in Lake Clark Pass near Port Alsworth, Alaska. Authorities were searching Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, for a small plane with four people on board missing in the narrow, mountainous valley believed to be part of the airplane's flight path. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? Debris believed to be from a small plane carrying four people that's missing in Alaska was found Thursday in a lake near where the aircraft took off from, an official said.



Tsunami warnings canceled after Solomon Islands earthquake

In this photo provided by World Vision Solomon Islands, a house in Kirakira, Solomon Islands, is damaged after an earthquake on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat. (Gray Nako/World Vision Solomon Islands via AP)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ? Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.



South Korea members of parliament enter chamber for vote on impeaching ParkSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean members of parliament entered the main chamber on Friday for a scheduled vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal that fueled massive calls for her to step down. The motion, backed by opposition parties, needs at least 28 members from Park's Saenuri Party for the two-thirds majority needed to pass. (Reporting by Ju-min Park, writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Sam Holmes)
All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senatorJohn Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, a war hero fighter pilot, a record-setting test pilot, a longtime senator, a presidential candidate and a man ...



Chiefs' Johnson leaves game vs Raiders with Achilles injury

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid yells from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Derrick Johnson knew his season was over the moment he hit the frozen turf of Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' veteran linebacker ripping off his helmet in frustration.



Smoking chimp from Iraq finds refuge in Kenya

Four-year-old chimpanzee Manno, rescued by Animals Lebanon from a zoo in Duhok, Iraq after being trafficked from Syria, sits in a transport crate before his flight to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in KenyaSeparated from his mother shortly after birth, Manno the chimpanzee was smuggled to Iraq and spent his days smoking cigarettes handed to him by amused zoo visitors and posing for pictures. Then came help from several conservation groups, and Manno's days as a spectacle -- and smoker -- are now over after arriving at a chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya a week ago. After several days travelling in a small wooden box, Manno arrived on November 30 at the chimpanzee sanctuary within the Ol Pejeta conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya, which has been taking in endangered chimpanzees since 1993.



Judge to hold hearing on stopping Wisconsin recount

Michigan residents walk towards the Michigan State Supreme Court for a rally to speak out against the courts decision to shut down Michigan's recount on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Lansing. Michigan's recount of presidential votes is over after a judge lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots. The recount lasted three days in more than 20 of the state's 83 counties. (Samantha Madar /Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A federal judge is set to consider halting Wisconsin's presidential recount.



Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

An earthquake survivor cooks breakfast at the ruin of her home in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed a large number of people. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesia's president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt.



Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC WestTyreek Hill didn't know what to do when he started hearing thousands of people in Arrowhead Stadium chanting his name, even as he stood all alone on the frozen turf waiting for the punt. "Just give ...