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Pakistani army kills dozens of militants ... On high alert ... 8 children dead in Australia home

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 18, 2014 at 11:41 p.m.



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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military has carried out operations against militants, days after the Taliban massacre of 148 people, mostly children, at a school. The military says it killed 32 militants in an ambush in the country's northwest and 27 militants in air strikes and ground operations in the Khyber area.

ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security following the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. A U.S. official has said investigators believe the attack is linked to North Korea. Sony canceled the release of its movie "The Interview," a comedy about two American journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

SYDNEY (AP) — Eight children have been found dead in a home in northern Australia. Police in Manoora, a suburb of Cairns (kanz), also found a woman with stab wounds inside the home Friday. A cousin of the woman says all eight children are the injured woman's children. And she says the woman's older son — a 20-year-old man — came home and found his brothers and sisters dead.

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has slowed slightly but is still on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. Emergency officials say on Thursday, the molten rock was no more than 1,300 yards away from the edge of Pahoa Marketplace and had advanced about 165 yards from the previous day. Lava from Kilauea Volcano is crossing flatter terrain, which may have partly caused the slackening.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — West Coast dockworkers and their employers remain far apart in negotiating a new contract. It's been six months since the old one expired, and West Coast seaports are struggling to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle, though their employers accuse them of deliberately slowing their pace.

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