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Washington Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan looks to put a bow on dominant season — Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was not at his locker Tuesday morning, so Trent Murphy knew he was one of two places: either recovering in the training room or lifting in the weight room. "The guy never stops working," Murphy said. "He's a monster," Jackson Jeffcoat added.
Dec 24, 2014

RT @Tom_Schad: The #Redskins defense has been bad, which makes Ryan Kerrigan's dominance all the more impressive:

Dec 24, 2014

RT @Tom_Schad: The #Redskins defense has been bad, which makes Ryan Kerrigan's dominance all the more impressive:

Dec 24, 2014

The #Redskins defense has been bad, which makes Ryan Kerrigan's dominance all the more impressive:

New Orleans area police hand out $100 bills at traffic stops thanks to Secret Santa — A handful of New Orleans area police officers handed out $100 bills instead of citations this week as part of a Secret Santa event sponsored by an anonymous donor. Eight officers with the Covington Police Department participated in the event after an anonymous Secret Santa donated thousands to the department, The Times-Picayune reported.

Bruce Willis issues Christmas message for U.S. troops — Bruce Willis posted a video message on the United Service Organizations' website Thursday, reminding Americans to appreciate and thank the U.S. military members spending this holiday season overseas. "Over the years I have been fortunate enough to travel overseas with the USO," the "Die Hard" actor says in the video.

Wizards ready for spot on Christmas marquee — Validation was attached to the preseason e-mail announcement that the Washington Wizards would be participating in one of five NBA games on Christmas Day. Bulbs in the Madison Square Garden marquee will light up to spell "Washington Wizards" on Thursday, confirming the Wizards' rise in panache is not just realized locally.

Utah woman among first headed to elite Army school — SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah National Guard solider will be among a handful of women going to the grueling U.S. Army Ranger school as part of the first steps toward integrating the elite combat unit. First Lt.
Dec 24, 2014

RT @Utah_Newspapers: Utah woman among first headed to elite Army school - Washington Times - #Utah

CAL THOMAS: Christmas story belief a true blessing — Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true - all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for those who believe it to be true, but what if it is objectively true, no matter what the deniers say?

Navy's USS Ranger aircraft carrier featured in 'Top Gun' to be scrapped for one cent — The USS Ranger, which was featured in the hit movie "Top Gun," will be scrapped by The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for a single penny. Officials were hoping that the supercarrier could be turned into a museum in the Pacific Northwest. But without any takers, they will now send the vessel to Brownsville, Texas, for dismantling.

Black Guerrilla Family gang threatens to 'shoot it out' with 2 Brooklyn precincts — Two Brooklyn precincts are beefing up security after receiving "credible" threats from the Black Guerrilla Family gang, according to the Sergeants Benevolent Association. In tweets posted Tuesday night, the SBA alerted followers that the gang allegedly threatened to "storm" the 79th and 81st Precincts and "shoot it out" with police officers, a local CW affiliate reported.

SNYDER: Christmas showcase will show what the Wizards are made of — Playing on Dec. 25 is a longstanding tradition for the New York Knicks, who in 1947 beat the Providence Steam Rollers at Madison Square Garden in the NBA's first Christmas Day game. The Knicks are gigawatts ahead of Washington in terms of franchise star power, glitz and magnetic pull on national broadcasts.
Dec 24, 2014

My #Knicks are like a gift > SNYDER: #NBA Christmas showcase will show what #Wizards are made of - Washington Times

'Catholic Warrior' arrested for damaging Satanic Temple display — A Tallahassee woman wearing a "Catholic Warrior" T-shirt was arrested Tuesday morning after police say she tore apart a Satanic Temple holiday display in the Florida Capitol lobby. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers say Susan Hemeryck, 54, said she "had to take down the Satanic display," because it was "not right" before tearing the display apart, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Iowa regulator takes control of struggling insurer — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit health insurer has been taken over by Iowa's insurance regulator and is ending enrollments after suffering financial problems. Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart's office said that the 120,000 members of CoOpportunity Health in Iowa and Nebraska may find it in their best interests to find new carriers by Feb.
Dec 24, 2014

Fed-backed health co-op created under #ACA is taken over by state of Iowa, ceases enrollments amid fiscal crisis…

Dennis Rodman on 'The Interview': 'It's only a movie' — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman doesn't appear to be thrilled about Sony's Wednesday release of "The Interview," saying that people should watch his documentary on the despotic nation instead. Mr. Rodman has notoriously made trips to North Korea to party and play basketball with Kim Jong-un - a notion dubbed by some as "basketball diplomacy."

Florida firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting outside fire station — Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown denounced the "cowardly attacks on our brave first responders" after firefighters were reportedly targeted Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting. Five or six firefighters were outside of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Station 28 pumping gas at the city gas pumps next to the station at the time of the shooting, according to a local CBS affiliate.

LAPD to investigate 'Bad, Bad Michael Brown' song performed at retired cop's event — The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after a song performed at a retired officer's party reportedly mocked Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, as looking "like some old Swiss cheese." The song, parodied after the 1970s Jim Croce hit "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," was performed Dec.

N.Y. woman who's suing United Airlines says she was arrested for changing seats — A New York woman is suing United Airlines for $5 million after she says she was dragged off her flight and forced to spend three days in jail for arguing with attendants over a seat change. Jean Mamakos, 68, of Huntington, claims that rude flight attendants overreacted when she tried to switch to an empty exit-row seat during a layover in Seattle.

CLIFFORD MAY: Korea cyberattack follows Islam wars on U.S. free speech rights — Last Friday, in his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama scolded Sony Pictures. Canceling the theatrical release of "The Interview" following cyberattacks from North Korea, he said, was "a mistake." Two days later, on CNN, he added that North Korea had committed an act of "cybervandalism." Where to begin?

Rick Santorum eyes 2016 White House bid, promises political rebirth — Rick Santorum is gearing up for another run for president and vows next time he'll be an even stronger candidate - armed with a retooled message aimed at the working class, an established network of supporters and, perhaps more importantly, a resume that he believes dovetails with the issues conservatives care about most.

Oil prices push Venezuela to brink of economic collapse — The ongoing plunge in global oil prices is pushing Venezuela toward economic collapse just as President Nicolas Maduro - the hand-picked successor to the late socialist Hugo Chavez - faces mounting international criticism for jailing opposition figures after months of street protests.

Protesters heckle NYPD cops paying respects at slain officers' memorial — A CNN correspondent at the makeshift memorial to slain NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos reported seeing a small group of protesters heckling police officers who were there to pay their respects. Sara Ganim said that while most of the people gathering at the memorial were being respectful, others were chanting anti-police phrases and causing a disruption.