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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is knocking down a claim by Islamic State that the extremist group shot down a Jordanian warplane. U.S. Central command does confirm that the plane, an F-16, crashed in northern Syria and that pilot was captured. He's the first coalition pilot to be captured. Central Command head Gen. Lloyd Austin says the U.S. will support efforts to recover the pilot.
VATICAN (AP) — Pope Francis has celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Francis said the birth of Jesus Christ showed the patience, closeness and tenderness of God. Wednesday night's Mass will be followed by the pope's traditional Christmas day message "to the city and to the world."
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Police in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley say surveillance video proves that the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer was justified. Police say Antonio Martin pointed a gun at the officer after he was stopped for questioning about a theft at a convenience store. A lawyer for the unidentified officer says his client is shaken but certain he had no choice but to fire. The shooting prompted a violent protest.
ATLANTA --- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says one of its workers--- a lab technician in Atlanta -- may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Officials say the worker was performing an experiment and came in contact with a small amount of live virus. An internal review has been launched.
HOUSTON (AP) — It's not clear if former President George H.W. Bush will be home for Christmas or remain hospitalized in Houston. He was admitted yesterday after experiencing shortness of breath. A family spokesman issued a statement saying "all is well" but that three is no news to report.
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