Runners keep it festive at holiday race

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CARMEL VALLEY Christmas may have come and gone, but that didn’t stop thousands of runners from getting into the holiday spirit Sunday morning during the second annual San Diego Holiday Half Marathon.

About 2,800 runners took to the 13.1 mile course, which started in Rancho Peñasquitos and ended at the picturesque Torrey Pines State Beach. The mostly downhill race features a 714-foot drop in elevation and gives runners a good shot at setting a personal record, according to the event’s website.

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World Digest: Dec. 28, 2014

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About 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns in northern Cameroon during the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp Sunday before being removed by the air force, an army spokesman said.

The group attacked the military camp in Achigachia near the Nigerian border early in the morning. After an intense battle, the army abandoned the camp, Lt. Col. Didier Badjeck said.

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With his star hitched to Boehner, Stivers on the rise

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WASHINGTON When Rep. Steve Stivers begins his third term in the House next month, the Columbus Republican will have a new spot at the center of the legislative action.

That’s because GOP leaders, in a surprise move, awarded Stivers a seat on the powerful House Rules Committee in the 114th Congress. The panel sets the terms of debate for nearly every piece of legislation that goes to the House floor and decides which amendments, if any, will receive a vote.

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Dennis Cannon’s toy train layout keeps holidays alive year-round

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Born on Christmas Eve in 1949, Dennis Cannon has transformed his basement into “Forever Christmas Eve,” complete with model trains, Erector structures, antique race cars and more.

Dennis Cannon, born on Christmas Eve in 1949, keeps his “Forever Christmas Eve” trains set up yearround in the basement of his Hockessin home.(Photo: DANIEL SATO/THE NEWS JOURNAL)Buy Photo

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‘Unbroken’ Review: One Of The Best War Films Of The Year

'Unbroken' Review: One Of The Best War Films Of The Year #171

Louie competed in the Olympics 5000-meter race, and this is depicted in the film. Although he did not win, he finished … Shortly after, he enlists in the Army and during a bombing mission, his B-24 crashes into the Pacific. He and three of his crew …

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ is the story of WWII POW Louis Zamperini, and it is a must-see film this Christmas!

If you’ve read the book, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, you might be wondering if Angelina Jolie did the best-seller justice in the film adaptation, and she definitely did. Not only does it chronicle the life of Olympian Louis “Louie” Zamperini [Jack O’Connell], it is an accurate depiction of what it was like to be a POW in WWII.

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Army sets the record straight by upgrading 24 awards to Medals of Honor

Army sets the record straight by upgrading 24 awards to Medals of Honor #713

The Army set the record straight in 2014 for two dozen heroes from past wars — overlooked but not forgotten — who finally took their place among America’s most decorated military members.

The White House ceremony in March for soldiers who fought in wars from World War II to Vietnam was the culmination of decades of effort to ensure that sacrifice and bravery, regardless of race or ethnic background, are the criteria for the nation’s highest combat decoration.

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