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WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and his family spent the day paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by joining a painting project at a school on Capitol Hill. Obama says King's legacy is one of service, in addition to seeking justice and nonviolence. Today is the 25th annual federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

WASHINGTON (AP) An attorney for a Muslim rights group says it plans to file a legal challenge for a U.S. teenager it says was not allowed to board a flight back to the United States. Gadeir Abbas, the attorney for the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations, says it is preparing to file a challenge in federal court this week in Alexandria.

NEW YORK (AP) Former Washington Nationals outfielder Willie Harris and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract. The 32-year-old hit .183 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 132 games for Washington last season. He played all three outfield positions, plus third base.

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Angelina Jolie On Her Film's 'Unbroken' Hero: 'He Was Truly A Great Man'

Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to "make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves."
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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.
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Hogan Cabinet Appointments Expected In Annapolis Today

Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will announce some of his cabinet appointments today, but there's no early indication which positions he will fill.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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