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'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan over WWII past

Angelina Jolie's new movie "Unbroken" has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still wrestling over its wartime past.

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Cuba: Rappers targeted by USAID program 'victims'

Cuban rappers targeted by a clandestine U.S. program are "victims" unknowingly swept into an effort to spark an anti-government youth movement, the Cuban government said Friday in its first reaction to an Associated Press investigation into the initiative.

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Ordeal at sea reconnects estranged father, son

A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and ate raw fish to survive 12 days lost at sea said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he’d lost touch with for years.

List of nominees for 72nd Golden Globe Awards

Nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

‘Birdman’ tops list of Golden Globes nominations

Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category.

Time capsule found at Massachusetts Statehouse

Crews worked carefully Thursday to remove a time capsule dating back to 1795 from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others.

Pet psychic, bacon turn up zilch in search for dog

Rotisserie chicken, bacon, dog toys, more than a dozen volunteers and even a psychic have not been enough to find Murphy, an elusive golden retriever whose owner’s five-month search for the beloved animal has captivated one mountainous area of Vermont.

Estate’s claim postpones Kerouac letter auction

Plans to auction the letter that inspired Jack Kerouac to turn “On The Road” into a literary classic are on hold after Kerouac’s estate laid claim to the 16,000-word missive from the author’s friend Neal Cassady.

Post office pays homage to famous reindeer

Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.

Capitol Caroling celebrates Christmas across the globe

This year’s Capitol Caroling concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Capitol, will feature treasured traditional hymns, songs and carols from around the globe.

KC area schools trying to bridge financial divide in arts

Felix Maull just wanted a high school that was safe and comfortable. He didn't know the painter inside him. He even thought he "hated art."

‘Giving Tuesday’ raised $46M

The national fundraising drive known as “Giving Tuesday” is having a growing impact for nonprofit groups, with nearly $46 million raised for charity over a 24-hour period, according to initial numbers released Wednesday.

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Work on Rome subway digs up ancient farm, tools

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient commercial farm in the heart of modern Rome, taking advantage of subway construction to explore deeply in urban settings.

Songwriter Bob Montgomery dies at age 77

A songwriter and producer who wrote hits for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold has died.

Apple says plaintiffs' iPods not covered by suit

Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is over Apple's use of restrictive software that kept iPods from playing digital music sold by competitors to its iTunes store.

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