STATE DEPT ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING TO AMERICANS GOING ABROAD FOR THE HOLIDAYS *

WORLDWIDE ALERT WARNS U.S. CITIZENS TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT, PARTICULARLY IN PUBLIC VENUES *

STATE DEPT WARNING SAYS RECENT HOSTAGE STANDOFF AT A SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, CAFE SERVES AS A REMINDER OF THE NEED FOR U.S. CITIZENS TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS *

DEPT ANALYSIS SUGGESTS TERRORISTS ARE FOCUSED ON HOTELS, SHOPPING AREAS, PLACES OF WORSHIP AND SCHOOLS *

U.S. DRONE STRIKES TARGETING THE TALIBAN IN PAKISTAN KILL FIVE MILITANTS, PAKISTANI OFFICIALS SAY *

PAKISTAN'S MILITARY ALSO CARRIED OUT AIR AND GROUND ATTACKS, KILLING DOZENS OF FIGHTERS IN THE COUNTRY'S NORTHWEST *

STEPPED UP MILITARY ACTION COMES IN RESPONSE TO THE TALIBAN ATTACK ON A SCHOOL IN PESHAWAR EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT KILLED 148 PEOPLE, MAINLY CHILDREN *

U.S. RETURNS FOUR AFGHANS FROM GITMO BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY *

ADMIN OFFICIALS SAY THEY WORKED QUICKLY TO FULFILL PRES ASHRAF GHANI'S REQUEST TO RETURN THE FOUR DETAINEES *

DEFENSE DEPT IDENTIFIES THEM AS MOHAMMED ZAHIR, SHAWALI KHAN, ABDUL GHANI AND KHI ALI GUL *

EIGHT AFGHANS ARE AMONG THE 132 DETAINEES REMAINING AT THE DETENTION CAMP *

KURDISH FIGHTERS REPORTING ADVANCES IN THE SYRIAN BORDER TOWN OF KOBANI AFTER HEAVY CLASHES WITH ISIS *

FIGHTERS ADVANCED SAT IN SIX NEIGHBORHOODS AND HAVE BESIEGED THE ISIS-HELD CULTURAL CENTER EAST OF TOWN *

NEWS COMES A DAY AFTER KURDISH FORCES IN NORTHERN IRAQ ANNOUNCED IT HELPED FREE HUNDREDS OF TRAPPED MEMBERS FROM THE YAZIDI RELIGIOUS SECT *

FRI'S OFFENSIVE ON MOUNT SINJAR WAS HELPED IN PART BY U.S.-LED COALITION STRIKES IN THE REGION *

PRES OBAMA SAYS U.S. IS REVIEWING WHETHER TO PUT N KOREA BACK ONTO LIST OF STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM *

PRES OBAMA SAYS HIGH-TECH ATTACK AGAINST SONY PICTURES ISN'T AN ACT OF WAR, BUT A VERY EXPENSIVE EXAMPLE OF CYBERVANDALISM *

U.S. BLAMES PYONGYANG FOR THE ATTACK *

SONY HAS SCRAPPED RELEASE OF "THE INTERVIEW," WHICH N KOREA FOUND OFFENSIVE OVER FILM'S PLOT TO ASSASSINATE N KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN *

EGYPT OPENS ITS BORDER CROSSING WITH GAZA STRIP FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO MONTHS *

RAFAH CROSSING WILL ONLY BE OPEN FOR TWO DAYS, BUT OFFERS TEMPORARY RELIEF TO PALESTINIANS TRYING TO LEAVE COASTAL ENCLAVE *

EGYPT CLOSED BORDER IN OCT FOLLOWING AN ATTACK IN SINAI PENINSULA THAT KILLED 31 EGYPTIAN SOLDIERS *

103-YR-OLD FL GOLFER BECOMES OLDEST PERSON TO RECORD HOLE-IN-ONE *

GUS ANDREONE MADE ACE ON 113-YARD 14TH HOLE AT PALM AIRE COUNTRY CLUB IN SARASOTA *

PGA.COM SAYS PREVIOUS RECORD HOLDER WAS ELSIE MCLEAN WHO ACED A HOLE IN 2007 WHEN SHE WAS 102 *

ANDREONE, WHO PLAYS GOLF THREE TIMES A WEEK, HAS HAD EIGHT HOLES-IN-ONE WITH HIS FIRST BEING 75 YEARS AGO *