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 *

PRES OBAMA UNCONDITIONALLY CONDEMNS KILLINGS OF TWO NYPD POLICE OFFICERS SHOT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT SAT, SAYING THERE'S NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SLAYINGS *

OBAMA SAYS POLICE OFFICERS RISK THEIR OWN SAFETY TO SERVE AND PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES, ADDING THEY DESERVE PUBLIC'S RESPECT AND GRATITUDE *

NYPD COMMISH BILL BRATTON CALLS MURDERS AN ASSASSINATION, WHILE ATTY GEN ERIC HOLDER CALLS IT A SENSELESS AND "UNSPEAKABLE ACT OF BARBARISM" *

GUNMAN ISMAAIYL BRINSLEY, WHO TOOK HIS OWN LIFE, VOWED TO KILL TWO POLICE OFFICERS IN RETALIATION FOR DEATHS OF ERIC GARNER IN NYC AND MICHAEL BROWN IN FERGUSON, MO, AT HANDS OF WHITE COPS *

FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN SAYS IT REJECTS "ANY KIND OF VIOLENCE DIRECTED TOWARD MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT," CALLING ON CITIZENS TO "WORK TOGETHER TO BRING PEACE TO OUR COMMUNITIES" *