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NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds most Americans thinking the world was worse off in 2015 than previous years, fueled in part by mass shootings and attacks including the incidents in Southern California and Paris. The Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll finds that 57 percent of respondents say this year was worse than the last year for the world as a whole, up from the 38 percent in 2014. Only 10 percent believe 2015 was a better year than 2014, while 32 percent think there wasn't much difference.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A working class neighborhood less than 10 miles from downtown Birmingham took severe damage from a tornado in north-central Alabama. It's part of a wave of severe weather that's hammered the South during Christmas week. Authorities say trees are down and people may be trapped inside damaged houses. Since Wednesday, the severe weather has killed at least 14 people in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has been jolted by a late-night earthquake At least 12 people have been injured and hospitalized in eastern Afghanistan. The 6.2 magnitude quake, which struck at around 11:45 p.m. on Friday and lasted about a minute, was also felt in the capital, but so far there are no reports casualties or serious property damage in Kabul.

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man observed acting suspiciously ran and fired at San Francisco Bay Area transit police on Friday, wounding one. Officers fired back, injuring the suspect. Afterward, a body was found inside a truck connected with the man.

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama says that despite being commander-in-chief of the military and considering himself in pretty good shape, he sometimes feels a little inadequate when working out alongside strapping Marines at their gym while vacationing in Hawaii. Obama, who works out regularly, says it inspires him to do better.

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