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January 8, 2015

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CANADA-BILL COSBY

KITCHENER, Ontario — Bill Cosby gets a standing ovation from polite Canadian fans at the end of his first show since November, but protesters outside braved below-freezing weather to shame the ticket-holders as they streamed in. By Rob Gillies. AP Photos.

With COSBY-NEW ACCUSERS

TERRORISM SUPPORT

RALEIGH, North Carolina — A federal judge orders psychiatric treatment for a North Carolina man so that he might be competent to stand trial on a charge that he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Syria. By Emery P. Dalesio.

CYBERSECURITY CONFERENCE-SONY HACK

NEW YORK — The FBI director reveals new details about the stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., part of the Obama administration’s effort to challenge persistent skepticism about whether North Korea’s government was responsible for the brazen hacking. By Tom Hays. AP Photos.

MEASLES DISNEYLAND

SANTA ANA, California — Nine Americans have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, state officials say. By Amy Taxin. AP Photos.

CUBA-DISSIDENTS

HAVANA — Three dissidents are freed in what a leading human rights advocate calls part of Cuba’s deal with the U.S. to release 53 political opponents. Neither the U.S. nor Cuba speak publicly about the releases, adding to unanswered questions about the deal and the broader detente the two countries recently announced. By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein. AP Photo.

OHIO AIRPORT-SHOOTING

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who tried to buy an airline ticket using a fake ID is fatally shot after returning to his illegally parked car, where he lunged at an airport police officer with a knife during a confrontation, police say. By andrew Welsh-Huggins. AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-TAMPON SHORTAGE

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A shortage of tampons in Argentina has turned demand for one of the most personal of personal hygiene products into a public debate over what has emptied store shelves of the product. By Almudena Calatrava. AP Photo.

MARS ROVER

PASADENA, California — NASA’s Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory. AP Photos.

CHINA-VENEZUELA

BEIJING — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid hopes for new loans to bolster the South American nation’s stricken economy. AP Photos.

With: VENEZUELA-FRENCH FRY SHORTAGE.

CHINA-LATIN AMERICA

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping hails burgeoning ties with Latin America, pledging to use his country’s economic clout to support billions of dollars in regional projects and almost double two-way trade to $500 billion over the next 10 years. By Christopher Bodeen and Jack Chang. AP Photos.

With: CHINA-VENEZUELA.

COLOMBIA-PEACE TALKS

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s second-largest rebel group says it’s willing to lay down its weapons if government-brokered peace talks open political space for leftist groups. By Joshua Goodman.

MEXICO-OBIT-JULIO SCHERER

MEXICO CITY — One of Mexico’s most important and influential journalists of the past half century, Julio Scherer Garcia, dies at age 88, according to Proceso, the newsmagazine he founded. By Christopher Sherman. AP Photo.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-THINGS TO KNOW

BOSTON — The first week of jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing trial is wrapping up. Here’s what you need to know about where the federal death penalty case stands and what’s next: By Denise Lavoie.

SPACE STATION

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — SpaceX will try again to launch a load of groceries and other supplies to the International Space Station. By Marcia Dunn. AP Photo.

POLICE CHIEF-MURDER CHARGE

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina — The 2011 killing of an unarmed black man by a small-town South Carolina police chief was a senseless act of violence by an officer who should be convicted of murder because everyone is equal under the law, a prosecutor says. By Bruce Smith. AP Photos.

FOIE GRAS BAN

LOS ANGELES — Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge overturns the state’s ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver. By Brian Melley. AP Photos.

OBIT-CHITRESH DAS

SAN FRANCISCO — Chitresh Das, a renowned practitioner and teacher of the kathak form of Indian classical dance, has died at 70.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

GADGET SHOW-CELEBRITIES

LAS VEGAS — Driverless cars of the future. Every imaginable (and unimaginable) kind of smartphone case. The latest laundry technology, even. So how can a company get noticed among all the noise? By Kimberly Pierceall. AP Photos.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE-NEBRASKA

OMAHA, Nebraska — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route. By Margery A. Beck. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

LOS ANGELES — Melissa McCarthy and Adam Sandler are among the early winners at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. By Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos.

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