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Kosovo president: Decision to form army 'irreversible' | | December 16, 2018
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The decision to transform Kosovo's security force into an army is "irreversible," the country's president said Sunday while offering assurance that a new national military does not threaten ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province.
US Air Force set to launch 1st next-generation GPS satellite | | December 16, 2018
DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.
Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests | | December 16, 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended…
Hungary sees another day of anti-government protests | | December 16, 2018
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Several thousand protesters have marched peacefully through Budapest for a fourth day to oppose laws introduced by the Hungarian government that critics say will restrict workers' rights.
'Spider-Verse' swings to the top; 'Mortal Engines' tanks | | December 16, 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has swung to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters. Sony Pictures on Sunday estimates that the film has earned $35.4 million from North…
Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces | | December 16, 2018
BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people Sunday, activists said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops.
After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate | | December 16, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations.
French city remembers victims of Christmas market attack | | December 16, 2018
PARIS (AP) — Residents of Strasbourg filled a square in the French city Sunday to show respect and sympathy for the four people killed and the dozen wounded during a shooting attack near a famous Christmas market.
Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary | | December 16, 2018
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.
For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee | | December 16, 2018
BOSTON (AP) — A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation project.
I Read the News Today, Oh Boy… | The Reader
The Reader | December 16, 2018
I'm finding more often that instead of reading or listening to the news, I'm going out of my way to avoid it. | December 16, 2018
WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) — Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of a Colorado woman who was last seen on Thanksgiving Day. | December 16, 2018
LOS ANGELES — When Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta won a MacArthur fellowship this year for his social justice work, an award that came with a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend, the obvious question was: What next? | December 16, 2018
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. | December 16, 2018
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday. | December 16, 2018
BRUSLY, La. (AP) — An attorney for a Louisiana teenager slammed to the ground by police during an altercation at school says charges against two officers are a "slap on the wrist." | December 16, 2018
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say fighting between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government near the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida has killed at least 12 people and wounded 25 from both sides. | December 16, 2018
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks. | December 16, 2018
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 26-year-old cruise ship passenger who went overboard off the Florida coast.
The Latest: Brazil causes roadblocks at UN climate talks | | December 15, 2018
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):
After Husker walk-on offer, Elkhorn Mount Michael's Garrett Hustedt will take time with decision | | December 15, 2018
Elkhorn Mount Michael's Garrett Hustedt has dreamed of one day playing football in college, and that's inching closer to becoming reality. Nebraska offered Hustedt a preferred walk-on spot Wednesday in the Huskers' 2019 recruiting class.
Ballot security was a worry long before disputed House race | | December 15, 2018
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina's Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door…
Democrat Sherrod Brown, mulling 2020, sets online town hall | | December 15, 2018
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator plans an online town hall Sunday as he considers running for president in 2020.
1 dead after truck strikes two assisting with flat tire along U.S. Highway 77 Friday evening | | December 15, 2018
The pickup truck, driven by a 74-year-old Beatrice man, was traveling south on U.S. 77 near West Hallam Road when it collided with the two individuals assisting with a flat tire early Friday evening.
7 killed as Indian forces fire on Kashmir protesters | | December 15, 2018
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — At least seven civilians were killed and over three dozen injured Saturday when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead, police and residents…
Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned | | December 15, 2018
MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, popular music.
Egypt announces discovery of 4,400-year-old tomb | | December 15, 2018
SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.
Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say | | December 15, 2018
LONDON (AP) — The Brexit debate needs a change of tone, the Church of England's bishops said Saturday, calling for national unity following a week of divisive discussions around Britain's efforts to leave the European Union.
Poland's ruling conservatives strike strong pro-EU tone | | December 15, 2018
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister and other leaders of the ruling conservative party, long seen as euroskeptic, set a strongly pro-European tone at a party convention.
Afghanistan hosts Pakistan, China for wide-ranging talks | | December 15, 2018
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met Saturday in Kabul to discuss trade, development and ways to end Afghanistan's 17-year war.
Savoring Italy, Slow Food Made With Love | The Reader
The Reader | December 15, 2018
Editor’s note: This month’s article is written by  MCC Culinary arts student, and new contributor to The Reader, Anna Hartman. Anna loves to eat, drink, and do outdoorsy things. After years in the software industry by day and attending Continuing Education cooking classes and pairing dinners by...
Fine Fellowship | The Reader
The Reader | December 15, 2018
The goal of the Union for Contemporary Art’s Fellowship program is building relationships between artists and communities through creative expression. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to be active participants in the civic life of North Omaha while recognizing the potential of art and art...
Kids Grow Up and Leave You: The Movie | The Reader
The Reader | December 15, 2018
Ralph and Vanellope travel into the internet to retrieve a replacement steering wheel for the broken arcade game in which Vanellope lives. It's the kind of busy, buzzy animated film that fills nearly two hours without really doing much of anything.
Ho, Ho, Hold Up… | The Reader
The Reader | December 15, 2018
Let's settle this once and for all: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Here's a look at the actual evidence! | December 15, 2018
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party on Saturday approved President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its candidate in 2023, just five months after a bitterly disputed election. | December 15, 2018
LONDON (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday in an enclosure at one of Britain's largest zoos, forcing keepers to evacuate visitors and move animals away from the flames. | December 15, 2018
BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well," a U.S. official said Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battled the extremists on the edge of the largest urban area… | December 15, 2018
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's military says a Ukrainian air force pilot has died when his Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at a base in the northern region of Zhytomyr. | December 15, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — Two women are in police custody after the death of a 4-month-old boy who was found unconscious and unresponsive in the lobby of a New York City hotel. | December 15, 2018
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved two underage migrants who were trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar on a truck tire. | December 15, 2018
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Local media in Ethiopia say a court has sentenced 66 soldiers to prison after they marched on the prime minister's office earlier this year in what he later described as an attempt to derail dramatic… | December 15, 2018
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police say an off-duty Russian police lieutenant has been hospitalized after a World War II-era land mine exploded on the side of a highway.
Climate talks inch forward in Poland, may go thru weekend | | December 14, 2018
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Bleary-eyed after almost two weeks of negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries on Friday discussed the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge at the U.N. climate talks in Poland, mindful that the clock was ticking to…
Lawmaker: Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka's prime minister | | December 14, 2018
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said Friday that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis.
Etihad sued for $2.3 billion by Air Berlin insolvency admin | | December 14, 2018
BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin court says the insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin has sued its former largest shareholder, Gulf airline Etihad, for 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) in damages.
Markets Right Now: Concerns about China's economy hit stocks | | December 14, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels | | December 14, 2018
MAYS AL-JABAL, Lebanon (AP) — As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.
November Theater Picks | The Reader
The Reader | December 14, 2018
The Secret Garden; The Women; The Phantom of the Auditorium Musical; Verse, Inc.
Giving Joy | The Reader
The Reader | December 14, 2018
From the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge to the Nebraska Funk & Soul Alliance to Frostival, local artists step up to help others during this holiday season. Plus great local and touring artists play area shows celebrating the joy of live music.
Drown Me in a Sea of Spider-People | The Reader
The Reader | December 14, 2018
This hallucinatory, inspired animated film is easily among the best of the year (not just animated films). Spider-powered people from various dimensions cross paths and try to get home. Trust me, it's way more fun than it sounds.