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  • Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday. Agent Federico Rosa told The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September....

  • Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee suggested during a hearing Friday that it would be unprecedented to dismiss the team's lawsuit against five Native Americans who complained about the name to...

  • UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world faces a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. The report by a panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida and the Taliban, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, has been submitted to the U.N. Security...

  • Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay. As night fell on Friday, the Peshmerga force left the area outside the Turkish town...

  • Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city. Small groups of Palestinian worshippers made their way through a series of...

  • Canadian gets life sentence in Mounties shootings

    MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others was given Canada's harshest prison sentence in more than 50 years. Justin Bourque Friday was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance for parole for 75 years by Judge David Smith, four months after...

  • Bank of Japan redoubles efforts to revive economy

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive a chronically anemic economy. The Bank of Japan's move to pump trillions more yen into the financial system is intended to stimulate spending in the world's...

  • Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him. An army general quickly stepped into the vacuum left by departing President...

  • 2 adult human skulls found in trash in Connecticut

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The skulls of an adult man and woman have been found at a waste transfer station near some books and videos on witchcraft and Satan, police said Friday. The skulls and a jaw bone were found Thursday in Stamford in a pile of recyclables brought from the home of a Fairfield man who recently died, said Stamford police Lt....

  • Correction: Strip Mall-Arson story

    BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about a suspected arson fire in a Pennsylvania strip mall, The Associated Press reported erroneously the relationship of the suspect to the store where the fire took place. Police say suspect Johnathan Szabo was a customer of the Dollar General store, not an employee. A corrected version of the story...

  • NYPD's highest ranking black official quits

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities. Chief Philip Banks III was to have been named first deputy commissioner, second in command...

  • Jury deliberations begin in band hazing trial

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Deliberations have begun in the manslaughter and hazing trial of a former Florida A&M band member charged in the death of a drum major.  Judge Renee Roche sent the jury out to deliberate Friday afternoon.  Dante Martin is charged with manslaughter and hazing in the 2011 death of 26-yearold Robert Champion, of Decatur,...

  • Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of the underground Christian church. "That was my little bit to spread the Gospel out to the remote corners," Jeffrey Fowle said. Fowle said he knew...

  • Man who says he hoarded convicted of murder

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A jury convicted a Northern California man of first-degree murder in the killing of an animal control officer, rejecting testimony from a psychologist who stars on the reality show "Hoarders" that the defendant's hoarding disorder could have made him react violently to anyone trying to take his pets. The Sacramento...

  • Slain officer's handcuffs were ready for suspect

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police had a special pair of handcuffs set aside and ready for the man wanted in the fatal shooting of one of their troopers, Cpl. Bryon Dickson. They were Dickson's. After the 38-year-old trooper was ambushed Sept. 12 outside his barracks, state police say the cuffs were kept at all times in the...

  • Albuquerque police reforms ordered

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached a deal to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings. The deal announced Friday also orders the force to be...

  • Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

    PARIS (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio forced radio stations housed inside to interrupt broadcasts, as columns of black smoke spilled out of windows. No one was hurt in the blaze at the massive Maison de la Radio in the capital's chic 16th arrondissement, and the building was safely evacuated, fire department...

  • After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. So on Friday, as state police paraded the gaunt and battered-looking former fugitive in front of a courthouse, residents were relieved to see him in the flesh. It...

  • Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing. Parents of the three siblings, whose bodies were identified Thursday, have said witnesses...

  • Gentiloni named new foreign minister of Italy

    ROME (AP) — Italy's premier has named Paolo Gentiloni as his new foreign minister, tapping a longtime center-left lawmaker and former Cabinet minister in the Romano Prodi government. Gentiloni took his oath of office Friday in the presidential palace. He replaces Federica Mogherini, who is taking over as the European Commission's foreign...

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