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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015

Officials: Bipedal bear spotted, appears to be healthy

WEST MILFORD, N.J. – New Jersey wildlife officials say there’s been a sighting of a bear that walks upright on its two hind legs and has become a social media darling. Fans of the bipedal bear nicknamed Pedals had grown concerned when the animal had not been seen for several weeks.

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Wildlife experts from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito attempt to corral an elephant seal that repeatedly tried to cross a highway, slowing traffic in Sonoma, Calif., on Monday.

Nation in brief: Elephant seal repeatedly tries to cross California highway

SAN FRANCISCO – Wildlife experts and law enforcement officials on Monday worked to keep a determined elephant seal off a Northern California highway that it has repeatedly tried to cross, snarling traffic in the area. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Andrew Barclay said callers first reported the 500-pound mammal was trying to climb the divider wall of Highway 37 near Sears Point in Sonoma.

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Motorhead frontman, hard-rock hero ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister dies

LOS ANGELES – Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the Motorhead frontman whose outsized persona made him a hero for generations of hard-rockers and metalheads, has died. Kilmister, 70, died on Monday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with aggressive cancer, according to his agent, Andrew Goodfriend.

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People: Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher fund help for Syria victims

Actors Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher, are donating $1 million to Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee to support victims of the conflict in Syria. Save the Children has announced that one-half of the sum will fund a program vaccinating more than 250,000 children against a potential measles outbreak in northern Syria.

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Texas cleans up after twisters, snow and ice pelt Midwest

GARLAND, Texas – Jacqui Gordon spent Monday sifting through the debris that had been her home, searching for old family photographs – especially of her father, who died two years ago. She and nine others were enjoying a holiday gathering when winds began to rattle her home in suburban Dallas. They all dashed into closets and suffered only bumps and bruises, but Gordon’s roof was torn away and her house destroyed.

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This photo provided by the San Francisco City Attorneys office shows Justin Bieber graffiti on a San Francisco street  Saturday.

San Francisco demands help investigating Bieber graffiti

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s city attorney is demanding that Justin Bieber’s music publisher help determine who is responsible for sidewalk graffiti promoting the pop star’s latest album. City attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Universal Music Group on Monday, saying the graffiti appears to have been applied with spray paint that has not come off even after recent rainstorms. That contrasts with other recent sidewalk marketing campaigns that have used chalk, according to Herrera.

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Tima Kurdi, left, lifts up her 5-month-old nephew Sherwan Kurdi after her brother Mohammad Kurdi and his family, who escaped conflict in Syria, arrived at Vancouver International Airport on Monday.

Relatives of drowned Syrian boy land in Canada

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Relatives of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, sparking worldwide concern for the refugee crisis, have landed in Canada. Mohammed Kurdi, his wife and their five children arrived in Canada as refugees on Monday, sponsored by Mohammed’s sister Tima Kurdi, who wiped away tears as she greeted her relatives at Vancouver airport’s arrival gates.

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Russia removes Iran’s enriched uranium as per nuclear deal

VIENNA – A landmark nuclear deal with Tehran moved closer to implementation Monday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announcing that tons of enriched uranium that could potentially be turned to use in atomic arms were on a ship heading from Iran to Russia. Kerry hailed the development as “one of the most significant steps Iran has taken toward fulfilling its commitments” under the July 14 nuclear agreement, in comments that expanded on information the Associated Press received from a senior Russian diplomat earlier in the day.

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In brief: Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria kill 80

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck a city and a town in northeastern Nigeria with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers Monday, killing at least 80 people, witnesses said. The attacks appear to be a challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration last week that Nigerian security forces have “technically won the war” against Boko Haram and that it is now capable of no more than suicide bombings on soft targets.

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Former South Korean sex slaves, forced to serve  the Japanese army during World War II, wait for results of a meeting Monday of South Korean and Japanese foreign ministers  in Gwangju, South Korea.

South Korea, Japan reach landmark deal on WWII sex slaves

SEOUL, South Korea – An apology from Japan’s prime minister and a pledge of more than $8 million sealed a breakthrough deal Monday in a decades-long impasse with South Korea over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II. The accord, which aims to resolve the emotional core of South Korea’s grievances with its former colonial overlord, could begin to reverse decades of animosity and mistrust between the two thriving democracies, trade partners and staunch U.S. allies. It represents a shift for Tokyo’s conservative government and a new willingness to compromise by previously wary Seoul.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2015

Oscar winning cameraman Haskell Wexler dies at 93

LOS ANGELES – Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood’s most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory,” died Sunday. He was 93. Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, according to his family.

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Pakistani army chief visits Kabul to discuss peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed on Sunday to meet with U.S. and Chinese officials in the first weeks of the new year to discuss “peace-related issues,” a move that could invigorate a stalled peace process with the Taliban, the Afghan president’s office said. The development came as Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met with senior officials in the Afghan capital, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

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‘Force Awakens’ becomes fastest movie to $1 billion

LOS ANGELES – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has reached $1 billion at the box office, achieving the milestone with record-setting hyper speed. The Walt Disney Co. said “The Force Awakens” crossed the billion-dollar mark Sunday, accomplishing the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which did it in 13 days in June. “Jurassic World” also had the benefit of record grosses in China. “The Force Awakens” doesn’t open in the world’s second-largest movie market until Jan. 9.

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‘Concussion’ doctor Bennet Omalu not ‘anti-football’

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the central figure of movie that raises some tough questions about the safety of America’s favorite sport, insists he is not anti-football. At first glance, Omalu seems an unlikely subject for a major studio movie. A Nigerian-born forensic pathologist, Omalu worked for years in quiet obscurity, performing autopsies at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh – hardly the kind of resume that would normally attract the attention of Hollywood.

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Iraqi security forces enter the heavily damaged downtown Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday. Islamic State fighters are putting up a tough fight in the militant-held city.

Islamic State puts up heavy fight to slow Iraqi troop advance on Ramadi

BAGHDAD – Islamic State fighters are putting up a tough fight in the militant-held city of Ramadi, slowing the advance of Iraqi forces, a senior Iraqi commander said Sunday. Iraq launched the long-awaited operation to retake the Anbar provincial capital, which was captured by IS militants in May, but after an initial push across the Euphrates River, their progress stalled.

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Day after Pepperdine

Back with my day-after Pepperdine post. The Zags held off the Waves 69-66 to remain a half-game up (tied in the loss column) with Saint Mary’s atop the WCC standings. ...

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