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Curry-less Warriors slip past Rockets

Houston — Soon after Draymond Green posted his NBA-leading fifth triple-double he was asked whether Stephen Curry should worry that he was trying to steal his job as point guard while the NBA MVP is out with a leg injury. “I don’t think Steph Curry got to worry about too much of nothing,” Green said, laughing. Klay Thompson scored 38 points, Green had a career-high 16 assists and added 10 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors overcame Curry's absence to beat the Houston Rockets 114-110 on Thursday night. “I just tried to step up and make plays,” Green said. “One thing we talked about was kind of trying to slow the pace of the game down and executing our offense.” Golden State was blown out by Dallas on Wednesday night for …

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Terror threat remains in Germany, train stations open again

Munich train stations reopened and trains were running Friday, January 1, as Bavaria's top security official said that the warning about Islamic State extremists intending to blow themselves up in the German city was no longer acute. "We no longer have concrete indications for a terror threat today or tomorrow at a specific location," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told reporters. He warned, however, that the overall terror threat in Europe remained high. Just shortly before the city rang in the new year, Munich police had evacuated the main train station and a station in the Pasing neighborhood. Partygoers were asked to avoid crowds. Herrmann said a friendly foreign intelligence service had warned Germany of an imminent attack at midnight by between five and seven Islamic State militants from Syria and Iraq planning …

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15 drown after rural ferry sinks in Nile River in Egypt

Egyptian search parties on Friday, January 1, recovered an elderly man's body from the Nile River, bringing the death toll to 15 from the sinking of a small ferryboat on New Year's Eve, officials said. Two more people believed to have been on the boat were still missing. The chief of the country's River Transport Authority, Reda Ismail, told the state MENA news agency that the ferry did not have a license to operate between the Nile Delta villages. The boat sank in the Nile Delta province of Kafr el-Sheikh. It was not immediately clear what had caused the accident. Afterward, angry villagers gathered on the banks of the Nile, but the police "contained the situation," MENA reported. Egypt's social solidarity minister, Ghada Wali, ordered the payment of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (around $1,300) …

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Indian capital starts limiting cars for 2 weeks to clear air

The Indian capital kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks. New Delhi is testing a formula where private cars will be allowed on the roads only on alternate days from Jan. 1-15, depending on whether their license plates end in an even or an odd number. On Friday, January 1, most cars appeared to be following the rules and traffic was a trickle compared to the usual rush-hour chaos. But with schools and colleges shut, and many offices closed for the New Year's holiday, far fewer people needed to be on the roads. The city government last week announced a number of exemptions to the new rules, including top politicians, judges, police and prison officials, women and …

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UN says 980 killed in Iraq violence in December

The United Nations (UN) said violence has claimed the lives of 980 Iraqis in December, up from 888 the previous month. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said in a statement that 506 of those killed in December were civilians, while the rest were security forces, including paramilitary troops and the Kurdish "peshmerga", the military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Peshmerga means "one who confronts death" or "one who faces death".. It said the worst-affected province was Baghdad with 261 killed, followed by Ninevah province with 68. Citing its local health authorities, the UN said 124 civilians were killed in Anbar province, which has large areas under IS control. The UN says it could not fully verify the Anbar figures due to the increased volatility of the situation …

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Pope: Remember the good news, sometimes hidden by bad

VATICAN CITY — In the final hours of 2015, Pope Francis is encouraging humanity to hang on to recollections of good deeds, so that gestures of goodness can be seen triumphing over evil. Francis was presiding over a year's end prayer service Thursday evening in St. Peter's Basilica, where he mused about how people are sometimes driven by "insatiable thirst for power and by gratuitous violence." He says it was impossible to forget "so many days marked by violence, by death, by the unspeakable suffering of so many innocents." Still, Francis is calling attention to what he called "great gestures of goodness, love and solidarity" that don't make headlines. Francis says: "These signs of love can't and mustn't be obscured by the tyranny of evil," and that good always triumphs.

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Cameras allow New Year’s views all over world

NEW YORK — If you aren't looking for a rockin' New Year's Eve or forced small talk between television hosts, an online service is offering a way to experience the beginning of 2016 as it happens all over the world. New Year's Eve is usually the year's most popular day at EarthCam.com, a 20-year-old service that shows live camera views from hundreds of landmarks. The hourly celebrations began at 11 a.m. EST with beach fireworks on the Philippine island of Boracay and continue until the last stroke of midnight in Kauai, Hawaii, five hours behind Times Square. The celebrations are offered without fanfare, or commentators. "We do get comments people that they appreciate that this is a clean feed," said Lisa Kelly, strategic sales director at EarthCam. "It's not edited — it's real …

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Jittery world bids adieu to a year marred by terror

The world yesterday bid a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled. In Bangkok, police-flanked partygoers rang in the new year at the site of a deadly bombing that took place just months ago. In Paris, residents recovering from their city's own deadly attacks enjoyed scaled-back celebrations. And in Belgium's capital, authorities, anxious after thwarting what they say was a holiday terror plot, canceled festivities altogether. Still, most places forged ahead with their celebrations as many refused to let jitters ruin the joy of the holiday."We still have this fear but we need to continue to live," said Parisian Myriam Oukik. "We will celebrate." AUSTRALIA In Australia, officials, struggling to contain the threat from home-grown extremists, encouraged revelers to enjoy the evening and assured …

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