Reviving a tradition that instills Christmas fear

Rural states pulling out the stops to lure lawyers

Journalist mourned in Afghanistan

Beavers could help California fight effects of its drought

Editor’s choice

Illness and isolation end with 1 fatal act

New York police leaders on guard after shooting

N. Korea threatens strikes amid claims of hacking

World news, briefly

All-electric car may not be so green

Alleged killer angry at chokehold death

Today’s read: Cuban exiles

’Next year in Cuba!’ is suddenly a possibility

Ranchers seeking alternative incomes

Congress finishes session, its members still grumbling

Hong Kong’s trams offer ride like no other

WWII Tuskegee Airman served in famed all-black fighter unit

Military hospitals

Reports of poor care, then reprisals

North Korea proposes joint inquiry on Sony hacking

Nation & World briefing

Today in history, and birthdays

Raise for Medicaid primary care doctors to disappear

Few Liberians turn out for vote delayed by Ebola

In Congress

Oregon liberals, Kentucky conservatives bond over hemp

Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of marijuana

Analysis

Was school attack in Pakistan a tipping point?

Setting aside race in the name of worship

Science

Will 2-degree limit be enough to stem tide of warming Earth?

Sponsors pay big bucks in college bowl name game

Employment may be factor in college ratings

Obama vows response to Sony cyberattack

No word yet from Fidel Castro amid historic U.S.-Cuba shift

Nation & World briefing

Particles of iron in your food

Today in history, and birthdays

Avian flu found; wildlife officials advise caution

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