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Miss South Africa crowned 2019 Miss Universe

Christina Maxouris, CNN  |  Posted Dec 8th - 9:44pm

Miss South Africa rules all.

Why airlines want you to go by train

Francesca Street, CNN  |  Posted Dec 8th - 9:21pm

We might not all be Greta Thunberg, shunning air travel for weeks-long odysseys aboard Atlantic yachts, but turning our backs on short-haul flights in favor of train travel is, for many of us, a more practical enterprise.

New Mexico granting fewer cyanide bomb OKs for coyotes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 9:08pm

Records show New Mexico agricultural officials have approved fewer licenses for the use of cyanide bombs — a device deployed by ranchers to kill coyotes.

Tourists injured, missing in eruption of New Zealand volcano

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 7:37pm

A volcano erupted Monday on a small New Zealand island frequented by tourists, and a number of people were missing and injured after the eruption.

“Sensitive Santa” Offers Christmas for everyone

Brit Purdy  |  Posted Dec 8th - 7:08pm

Many children wait all year to see Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. We've all seen the long lines of people at shopping malls waiting to take a picture with Santa and ask for that perfect Christmas gift, but for children with autism and other sensory disabilities, it's not a lot of fun

Baseball star Ortiz makes first appearance since being shot

Martin Jose Adames Alcantara, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 6:00pm

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made his first public appearance in the Dominican Republic on Sunday nearly six months after he was shot in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity.

4-year-old twins free selves, climb to safety after crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 4:40pm

Washington state authorities say 4-year-old twins freed themselves from their car seats and climbed an embankment seeking help following a car crash that killed their father.

AP Interview: Warren says voters are ready for female ticket

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 4:22pm

Elizabeth Warren said Sunday she believes Americans are ready for a presidential ticket with two women at the top, rejecting concerns from some Democrats that a woman can't beat President Donald Trump.

Booker slams Democratic debate rules as he ends Iowa tour

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:54pm

Fighting to be in the next Democratic presidential debate, Cory Booker concluded a nearly 800-mile, 12-county tour of Iowa on Sunday by criticizing the Democratic party for allowing “elites" and “money" to control who gets on stage and urging voters to offer his name when pollsters call.

Facing new test, Buttigieg pledges openness — with caution

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:45pm

In his rise to the top tier of the Democratic race for president, Pete Buttigieg has impressed voters with his unflappable demeanor. But that moderate bearing is being tested as his opponents challenge him to reveal more about his two years working for an international consulting company.

Suspect's mother speaks out after Alabama officer slain

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 2:47pm

The mother of man charged with killing an Alabama police officer spoke said Sunday that she doesn't believe her son is capable of committing murder.

Father: Navy victim shot standing watch fresh from boot camp

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 2:06pm

Fresh out of boot camp, Cameron Walters proudly told his father in Georgia during their nightly video chat that he had passed the exam qualifying him to stand watch and help secure building entrances at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Banana, duct tape add up to $150,000 at Art Basel Miami

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 1:14pm

3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show.

Average US price of gas drops 1 penny per gallon to $2.65

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 12:11pm

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dipped 1 penny per gallon (3.8 liters) to $2.65 over the past two weeks.

District says it's not liable for boy, 8, who killed himself

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 11:50am

The death of an 8-year-old boy whose parents say killed himself after he was bullied by another student is at the center of a legal fight with his family and the Cincinnati Public Schools.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:56am

Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop.

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died at 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:46am

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died at 85.

FBI on fatal shooting at naval base in Florida: ‘We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism’

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:46am

FBI on fatal shooting at naval base in Florida: ‘We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism’

FBI says no arrests made in Florida naval base shooting; all international students at base have been accounted for

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:44am

FBI says no arrests made in Florida naval base shooting; all international students at base have been accounted for.