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  • FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report. Garcia quit...

  • Little-known coach has Memphis off to record start

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach Dave Joerger is constantly thinking of new plays for his Grizzlies or tweaking something he saw another team that might benefit his squad. He just needs a better way of remembering that nugget of information. "I'm not very smart," Joerger said with...

  • Fiore again ousted from GOP Assembly leadership

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada lawmaker Michele Fiore has once again been removed from leadership positions in the Republican Assembly Caucus. Assembly Speaker-elect John Hambrick announced Fiore was removed as majority leader and taxation chair on Thursday. Hambrick said Fiore's...

  • Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush is stepping down from an advisory role with British banking giant Barclays. A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would resign his senior advisor position at the end of the year. Bush has been with the banking and financial services...

  • US-Cuba rapprochement complicates LatAm politics

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewing of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders...

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April. Most of those kidnapped Sunday were young women, children and members of a...

  • FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday: ___ ON THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY: PUTIN: "We will rely on these reserves. And I'm sure we will be able to...

  • Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security law

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties....

  • Referendum sought in Italy about use of the euro

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    ROME (AP) — An opposition party in Italy is conducting a petition drive for a referendum that would ask citizens if they want to keep the euro as the country's currency. The 5-Star Movement, led by comic Beppe Grillo, would need to collect 500,000 signatures that were certified by a...

  • Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. But Pakistan has had many potential turning points in the war on terror that at the time were called game...

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