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Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

ISTANBUL (AP) - Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for a "constructive dialogue" with Muslims, capping the pontiff's three-day visit to Turkey with a strong show of Christian unity in the face of suffering and violence.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Bahrain’s pro-government bloc dominates vote

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Pro-government candidates took the majority of contested seats in Bahrain's parliamentary election on Sunday, although 13 independent Shiite candidates won mandates despite a boycott by the main opposition group, official results showed.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


China urges Taiwan to keep ties after poll loss

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China urged Taiwan to protect the gains of landmark cooperation between the mainland and the self-ruled island after Taiwan's pro-Beijing ruling party was routed in local elections.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Iberia corruption, austerity fuel anger at leaders

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - In Spain, citizens are fuming over tales of a secret political slush fund. In Portugal, people are aghast that a former prime minister has been jailed awaiting a possible trial for corruption. In both austerity-hit countries, mounting revelations of graft among the political class are fueling the emergence of new parties that have captured the mood of disaffected voters by offering a message of change.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-president wins Uruguay election, pot plan safe

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - Ruling party candidate Tabare Vazquez easily won Uruguay's presidential election on Sunday, returning to power a left-leaning coalition that has helped legalize gay marriage and moved to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Black Friday slows down as allure fades

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday fatigue is setting in.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police: 3 South Africans killed in Afghan attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban suicide attackers killed the South African leader of a foreign aid group, his son and daughter and an Afghan worker in an assault on the agency's Kabul offices, authorities said Sunday, as the city's police chief resigned in the wake of the latest insurgent attack there.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles

NEW YORK (AP) - For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is $583 a month.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cyber Monday gears up to get online shoppers hyped

NEW YORK (AP) - After a busy holiday weekend in shopping malls, millions of Americans are expected to log on and keep shopping on the day dubbed Cyber Monday.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


No bomb found on Spain-to-NY flight after threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport said they found nothing dangerous Sunday on an American Airlines plane after a bomb threat was phoned in and the aircraft arrived from Spain.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

NEW YORK (AP) - A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session.

November 29, 2014 | | Nation


Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.

November 29, 2014 | | Nation


Christmas tree costs on the rise

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

November 29, 2014 | | Nation


Michael Brown’s legacy continues to evolve

NEW YORK (AP) - For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another.

November 29, 2014 | | Nation


Boys trapped in snow pile had air pocket

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive thanks to an air pocket in the heavy, wet snow, New York police said Friday.

November 29, 2014 | | Nation


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Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Firm pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gang accused of robbing freight trains

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Tips for last-minute shoppers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban cigar boom? Not yet

MIAMI (AP) - The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect Tsarnaev appears in court

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with 76-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


2 states challenge legal Colorado pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban-Americans don’t think alike

MIAMI (AP) - Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


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