Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win

Oakland Raiders running back Jamize Olawale (49) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrate after connecting on a 1-yard touchdown reception against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Unable to make the playoffs for the 12th straight year, the Oakland Raiders are doing a good job keeping other teams out of the postseason.



Anti-Islamist claims victory in disputed Tunisia election

Supporters of Tunisian former prime minister and presidencial candidate Beji Caid Essebsi celebrate the first results of the elections on December 21, 2014 in TunisAnti-Islamist candidate Beji Caid Essebsi has claimed victory in Tunisia's first free presidential election but bitter rival and incumbent Moncef Marzouki dismissed the declaration as unfounded and refused to concede defeat. Tunisians took to the polls on Sunday for the leadership runoff vote, with many calling the ballot a landmark for democracy in the country where the Arab Spring was born. Essebsi, 88, appeared before 2,000 supporters who gathered outside his campaign headquarters shouting "Long live Tunisia!" and thanked the voters. "Tunisia needs all its children.



AP sources: Yates tapped for deputy AG

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.
Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said. Yates, 54, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia where she is known as a close ally of outgoing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder's Justice Department. She is a vocal proponent of Holder's policies on lowering incarceration rates by cutting jail time for low-level drug offenders. ...
Driver ploughs into crowd in France's second 'Allahu Akbar' attack

Police collect evidence on December 21, 2014 in Dijon at the site where a driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) ploughed into a crowd injuring 11 peopleA driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers. Two of the people injured in the car attack in the city of Dijon were in a serious condition, a police source said, adding that the driver had been arrested. Witnesses told police that the driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "that he was acting for the children of Palestine", a source close to the investigation said. France is still reeling from a suspected radical Islamic attack on Saturday that saw a French convert to Islam shot dead after attacking police officers with a knife while also reportedly crying "Allahu Akbar" in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.





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