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  • Mexico's left faces problems as leader quits

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's left faces huge problems following the resignation of former presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a pillar of progressive politics and son of the revered president who nationalized the oil industry. In 1989, Cardenas founded the Democratic Revolution Party, known as the PRD. On Wednesday he said he is not...

  • Canada police arrest ex-radio host in sex case

    TORONTO (AP) — Prominent former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges and ordered to live with his mother while his case is heard. The former star CBC radio host was been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called "overcome resistance — choking,"...

  • AP's Euler wins French presidential photo prize

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has awarded a special presidential photography prize to Michel Euler of The Associated Press — for a spur-of-the-moment shot that makes the president look like he's dressed as one of his gold-helmeted guards. Euler received the Prix Elysee de la Photographie 2013 at the Elysee Palace on...

  • Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in Jerusalem in the face of the city's worst wave of violence in nearly a decade. Police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city's eastern sector and Old City — the location of its most sensitive holy sites — to monitor protests and move in...

  • Panama diplomat killed in Belize; suspect detained

    BELIZE CITY (AP) — Authorities in Belize say they have detained a man suspected of killing a Panamanian diplomat. Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa was charge d'affaires at the Panamanian embassy in Belmopan, the capital of Belize. His body was found late Sunday near a highway on the outskirts of the city with cut wounds on his head and neck. The...

  • Turkey's great escape foils our Thanksgiving plans

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took her place in our chicken coop. The turkey was intended to become Thanksgiving dinner, but she had other plans. It was unusually cold,...

  • Trooper: Driver is lucky dog food didn't crush him

    FIFE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say a semitruck driver is lucky he wasn't crushed by 50-pound bags of dog food when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a ditch and spilled the kibble. Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said Wednesday that the driver acknowledged he was sleepy and there was no sign he used his...

  • Police ID officers involved 12-year-old's shooting

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm was ordered three times to show his hands before he was fatally shot by an officer, Cleveland police said Wednesday as they released surveillance video of the confrontation and identified the officers involved. The compressed video shows the confrontation...

  • Ferguson protesters storm St. Louis City Hall

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have arrested at least two people at a protest over the Ferguson grand jury decision in which several demonstrators stormed City Hall in St. Louis. An undetermined number of protesters made it into the building Wednesday while shouting "Shame, shame." The protest march included about 200 people and began with a...

  • A burden further south, snow makes ski areas giddy

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some...

  • Suspect in deadly assault charged with murder

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of raping and setting a Kansas woman on fire has been charged in her death. Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office spokesman Dan Dillon says charges against 26-year-old Cornell McNeal were amended Wednesday to include one count of capital murder or an alternative count of first-degree murder....

  • Company to give back wages to disabled workers

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island company will give $300,000 in back wages to more than 100 disabled workers and staff for failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage. The agreement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor follows previous federal investigations and agreements with the state and the city of Providence for...

  • Lawmaker: Fight with militants needs 'Arab face'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says the battle against the Islamic State group needs to have "an Arab face," even as the U.S. leads air strikes to help defeat the militant group. Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia said he agrees with a comment made by King Abdullah II while Wittman and other Congress members were visiting Jordan this week....

  • Thanksgiving travelers slowed by snow and rain

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early afternoon, more than 600 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them...

  • 'Guardian angel,' community join to give man home

    LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — She'd warned Scotty Reynolds to stay away from people like this, but "Mr. I Don't Listen" ignored her, as usual. Now, here he sat, moaning about how someone he'd taken in had trashed his apartment and stolen his computer. Gayle Whitehead had been watching out for the mentally disabled man for 30 years — getting him out...

  • Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday. Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity. Rik Siebers of REDstack...

  • Israeli leader seeks to revoke rights of inciters

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says he will work to revoke residency rights and social benefits of people who commit politically motivated violence and those who support them. Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal, made in parliament Wednesday, appeared to be aimed at Palestinians in east Jerusalem. East Jerusalem Palestinians have carried...

  • Pregnant woman shot, killed in NYC; baby survives

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 27-year-old pregnant woman has been shot and killed in New York City but doctors were able to save her baby. The NYPD says Anastasia Massey was shot after dropping her children off at school Wednesday morning in the Queens section of the city. Her husband had remained home with another child. He told police he...

  • Italian police shut down counterfeit money ring

    MILAN (AP) — Police in Naples have broken up a counterfeit money ring that allegedly printed millions worth of fake euro bills and coins distributed in Europe and North Africa. Prosecutors said investigators seized 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in counterfeit notes in the course of the two-year investigation, along with a printing press able...

  • Official: US commandos took part in Yemen raid

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S. special operations forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a senior defense official said Wednesday, deepening the mystery surrounding a rare raid by American commandos in the country. In confirming the U.S. troops' involvement, the official said no American...

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