News for Friday, December 19, 2014

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UN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.

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2 astronauts will expand envelope with one-year spaceflight

The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.

Royals take a gamble by signing Medlen

After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance.

Manning limited at practice with injury

Peyton Manning is over his illness but not his injury.

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Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.

Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross.

Chiefs’ draft picks starting to produce late

John Dorsey likes to say it takes several years before a verdict can be returned on a draft pick. There is a learning curve for rookies, often a steep one. The pro game is faster, players are stronger and the plays more complex.

Celtics deal Rondo to Mavericks

In multi-player trade

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

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Reading embraces ugly Christmas tree

Reading’s official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.

A’s trade Norris to Padres

All-Star catcher

OAKLAND, Calif. — Two people with knowledge of the deal said the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

U.S. and Cuba share baseball ties

Love of the game

Despite deep political and ideological differences through the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball.

49ers’ Aldon Smith hopes to build off tough year

Aldon Smith might not have the intimidating and impressive sack numbers of past seasons in his abbreviated year, yet he judges his play by more than just flattening opposing quarterbacks.

Rays trade Myers

To Padres

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays late Wednesday.

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

Jaguars beat Titans

Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion with a big run. And Sen’Derrick Marks sealed the victory with the most rewarding sack of his career.

‘Prison Houdini’ set to make his 1st legal escape

Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

Newseum to display items from Ferguson protests

The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as an extension of the Washington museum's exhibit about civil rights.