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U.S. President Barack Obama chairs a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at United Nations headquarters in this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, file photo. An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

North Korea skipping U.N. Security Council meeting

- Associated Press

An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country’s bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

Central Intelligence Director Director John Brennan gestures during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CIA urged to build rapport with terrorists to extract intelligence

- The Washington Times

In building a case for their sweeping conclusion that the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques were simply “not effective” during the years after 9/11, Senate Democrats cited in their report example after example in which another tactic, known as “rapport-building,” succeeded in extracting valuable intelligence from al Qaeda suspects.

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Del. WWII vet honored with medals 70 years later

- Associated Press

It has been some 70 years since U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Jones stormed a German-occupied town sprinting and shooting, through the European village as fast as he could.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file-pool photo, Secretary of State, John Kerry meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome. Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it: Frustrated in his efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. Facing a diplomatic showdown over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry readied himself this week for a 72-hour trip to Jordan to craft a less explosive alternative. By Thursday, the crisis appeared to have been averted: Palestinian and Jordanian officials said they would not force their resolution to an immediate vote in the United Nations Security Council _ in part because the U.S. threatened to veto it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File-Pool)

US renews elusive push for Mideast peace

- Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.

FILE - In this April 15, 1997 file photo, Air Force Lt. Jerome White stands at the door of his missile launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years, repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps, the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)

As Air Force fixes nuke flaws, future debated

- Associated Press

Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years - repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps - the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

- Associated Press

The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere - and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired - was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Dozens injured in 3 separate attacks in France

- Associated Press

French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the violent acts were connected by any terrorist motive.

Panel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan

- Associated Press

An independent panel said Monday there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.

FILE - In this April 20, 2014, file photo, relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Over 300 people were killed in the accident, many of them students. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

- Associated Press

Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.

Colorado Editorial Roundup

- Associated Press

A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

China sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan

Associated Press

China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country's first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, state media reported Monday.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once severely-ill seven year old daughter Charlotte, as they walk together inside a greenhouse for a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web, which was named after the girl early in her treatment for crippling severe epilepsy, in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado is poised to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. Among the research projects poised for approval on Wednesday,  Dec. 17, 2014, are one for pediatric epilepsy patients, and another for children with brain tumors. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Correction: Marijuana Research story

- Associated Press

In a story Dec. 17 about marijuana research, The Associated Press reported erroneously reported Marcel Bonn-Miller's profession. He is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. Also, while he works with the Veterans Administration, his lab is not part of the VA.

Fflint, a 6-week-old Belgian Malinois from the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, is held at the Fort Hood Military Working Dog Kennel in Fort Hood, Texas on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Foster families will socialize the dogs, and once the puppies are 7 months old, they will return to Lackland to enter into a military training program. (AP Photo/Killeen Daily Herald, Bryan Correira)

Families take future war dogs into homes as foster pups

- Associated Press

When the time comes for Sarah Clark to send her foster dog Ggwendolyn back to Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, she'll find solace in knowing her Belgian Malinois has a job to do and a purpose to fulfill.