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Give wisely this holiday season

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Buying gifts is so often the focus of the holiday season that it’s easy to forget charities also get the bulk of their donations in the last three months of the year.

Some parishioners eye adoption of baby left in church manger

Some parishioners at a New York City church where a newborn was left in a Christmas manger are interested in adopting the baby boy.

Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact

President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real.

Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw

A resident of New York's capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany's most abundant renewable resources: political corruption.

Chiefs getting healthy as injuries mount for Bills

This is the time of year when just about every team in the NFL, including the Buffalo Bills, is forced to deal with mounting injuries from the constant grind of practice and games.

Bengals try to avoid three-game skid vs. Rams

The four-game lead in the loss column has been trimmed in half. Consecutive losses in prime time have fans wondering about the Bengals all over again. Is this the start of another second-half slide?

Survey: Missourians remain optimistic about personal finances

More than a quarter of Missouri consumers say they are better off now than they were a year ago, and the number of those who believe their personal financial situation will stay the same or improve over the next 12 months has increased.

Pope honors Ugandan Christian martyrs as example of faith

Pope Francis on Saturday honored Uganda's 19th century Christian martyrs and encouraged its 21st century Christian youths during a day that saw nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see the pontiff before he heads to Central African Republic for the final leg of his African journey.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Oklahoma hunt produces ribeye of the sky

Sandhill crane hunting doesn’t take place across the entire country. It is popular in the Central Flyway where hundreds of thousands of sandhills migrate from North Dakota down through Texas.

Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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Prominent human rights activist killed in attack in Turkey

A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed Saturday in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died, officials said.

Energy-rich Russia pays little attention to climate change

When forest fires roared through Siberia this summer, so vast that the smoke blocked vast Lake Baikal from satellite view, Russian officials blamed the blazes on arsonists and disorganized fire crews. Environmentalists say there was another culprit: global warming.

Rosberg earns top qualifying spot for Abu Dhabi GP

Nico Rosberg extended his streak of pole positions to six when he edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alonso downplays talk of taking a year off

Fernando Alonso has played down suggestions he could take a sabbatical from Formula One in 2016 due to McLaren’s poor performance this season.

Putin orders sanctions against Turkey after downing of jet

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

NYC-area ports stare down sizeable challenge of modernizing

From ultra-thin laptops to drones to smartphones, the shelves of big-box retailers overflow with gadgets to help us communicate and conduct business at greater and greater speeds.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Nov. 28, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Fort Osage defeats Chaminade 63-28 for Class 5 title

Skylar Thompson threw for four touchdowns and ran for three others to lead Fort Osage to a 63-28 win over Chaminade in the Class 5 state championship game on Saturday.

Lincoln women knock off Rockhurst

Nave hits last-minute layup

Azaria Nave’s layup with 26 seconds left Saturday afternoon lifted the Lincoln University Blue Tigers to a 50-49 victory against previously undefeated Rockhurst at Jason Gym in Jefferson City.

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Upshall leads Blues past Blue Jackets 3-1

Scottie Upshall was fired up. The journeyman forward scored in the third period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

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