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Pope Francis waves as he delivers a "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the VaticanPope Francis denounces the group's "brutal persecution" of religious minorities.

2014-12-25 06:21:07 -0700

Police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in Berkeley, Mo. The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed the black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.

2014-12-25 05:43:39 -0700

Astronauts Celebrate Christmas in SpaceWhile many of us here on Earth are opening presents and feasting on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be having their own celebration high above the planet's surface. The two Americans among the six-person crew of the current Expedition 42 — commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts — are getting a break to mark the holiday in space, NASA officials said. Wilmore and Virts recorded a Christmas video message wishing everyone on Earth a Merry Christmas. It's clear from the video that the space station is decked out with lights, Santa hats, Christmas stockings for each crewmember and even a tiny Christmas tree.

2014-12-25 06:33:14 -0700