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Aldon Smith: ‘I didn’t drink one thing’

Niners outside linebacker Aldon Smith denied today he was drinking alcohol at ex-teammate Ray McDonald’s house on Dec. 15, as was suggested in a court document released Monday in connection to the sexual-assault investigation involving McDonald.<p>Smith, who has had a string of alcohol-related …

Why monsters haunt Christmas in Europe but not America

The worst isn’t the screams or the snow or the mind-numbing blare of “Night on Bald Mountain” on repeat. It’s the cowbells: a rusty jangle that means the Christmas monsters are coming.<p>Until Jan. 6, demons, witches and monsters haunt Europe.<p>The season of terror actually begins on Dec. 5, the eve of …

Horror

New Minimum Wage Laws Will Force Walmart To Hike Wages At Over 1,000 Stores

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minimum wage increases across the United States will prompt Wal-Mart Stores Inc to adjust base salaries at 1,434 stores, impacting about a third of its U.S. locations, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.<p>The memo, which was sent to store managers earlier this …

Walmart

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Lisa Rinna Bids a Sad Farewell to Her Childhood Home

Tuesday’s <i>The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills</i> was filled with difficult goodbyes.<p>Lisa Rinnareturned to her childhood hometown of Medford, Oregon, to …

Beverly Hills

Protesters flood New York City streets despite mayor's call for moratorium

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New York City Tuesday night, defying a call by Mayor Bill de Blasio for a moratorium on demonstrations until two NYPD officers killed Saturday could be laid to rest.<p>The New York Post reported that over a thousand activists marched through one of midtown …

For first time, ISIS downs and captures coalition pilot -- a Jordanian

<b>Amman, Jordan (CNN) —</b> For the first time since an international coalition began striking ISIS, one of its pilots has been shot down and taken captive by the Islamist extremist group.<p>The captured F-16 pilot is Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a member of Jordan's military, according to his uncle, retired Jordanian …

NYT: Apple declined offer from Sony Pictures to stream ‘The Interview’ on iTunes

<b>Update</b>: Sony has now announced that “The Interview” will be available on YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Video today, December 24th, at 1PM Eastern. The film will cost $14.99 to own or $5.99 to rent. Google Play Movies & TV is available for iOS on the App Store.<p>The New York Times reported earlier …

Russia Begins A $100 Billion Debt Bailout As Its Bonds Face 'Junk' Rating

Banks and companies owe a total of $600 billion in foreign debt, of which $100 billion is due next year.<p>The value of the ruble has fallen so far, however, that those companies can no longer afford to pay back that debt. The ruble fell 0.3% this morning to just over 54 rubles to the dollar. A year …

Economy

Isis fighters capture Jordanian pilot after plane came down over Syria

Jordan,Islamic State (Isis),World news,Arab and Middle East unrest,Syria,Middle East and North Africa<p>Jordanian authorities confirm capture of pilot after first coalition warplane lost since air strikes began in Syria three months ago<p>Fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria have scored a major …

Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop

ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political …

Islamic State claims to have downed Jordanian plane, captured pilot

A Jordanian F-16 jet crashed Wednesday in an area of northeastern Syria under the control of Islamic State militants, who quickly captured the pilot, according to statements from both sides.<p>Jordan is part of a U.S.-led coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against Islamic State since …

Navy Seal who shot Osama bin Laden 'under investigation' for leaking secrets

Robert O'Neill, the Navy Seal who says he killed Al-Qaeda leader dead during 2011 secret raid in Pakistan, could face criminal charges<p>The Navy Seal who revealed himself as the man who shot Osama bin Laden is being investigated by military police for possibly leaking secrets, according to …