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Syrian group says US-led airstrikes killed 52 civilians...Police, Guard prepare for Baltimore marches...Snowball-pelted Santa dies

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BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian rights group says as least 52 civilians have been killed in a U.S.-led airstrike in Syria. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command tells The Associated Press that there was no information to corroborate the claims, but he added that "We take all allegations seriously and will look into them further." The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes took place Thursday and Friday on a village near Kobani.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says airstrikes have killed 44 suspected militants in the tribal region near the Afghan border. The statement could not be corroborated as journalists are barred from working in tribal areas. Pakistan's military is in the middle of an operation to clear the tribal regions of militants.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Nepalese have gathered in a Kathmandu park to pray and light candles for the more than 6,800 people who perished in last weekend's earthquake. Nepal's Home Ministry says hopes of finding any more survivors are fading as time passes. Two survivors were pulled from the rubble on Thursday — a 15-year-old boy and a woman in her 20s.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Heavily armed police and National Guard troops are making a show of force at key intersections and government buildings in Baltimore in preparation for today's mass demonstrations over a man's death in police custody. Barricades have been erected to block vehicle traffic from the blocks around City Hall, the destination of the largest planned march. Armored military vehicles are parked at checkpoints, and there are large numbers of police and troops wearing body armor.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The man famed in Philadelphia sports history as the Santa Claus who was booed and plunked with snowballs at a 1968 Eagles game has died. Frank Olivo's family says he died early Thursday at a suburban Philadelphia hospital after a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. He was 66. Olivo was filling in for a snowbound Santa when he was jeered and pelted with snowballs while going down the field to the tune of "Here Comes Santa Claus."

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