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  • Pele doing 'fine' after move to special care unit

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary tract infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday. The Albert Einstein hospital released a statement saying the 74-year-old Pele was transferred to a "special care" unit after his condition...

  • City's ugly Christmas tree getting single red bulb

    READING, Pa. (AP) — A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment. Officials in Reading (RED'-ing) say the spindly branches will be decorated with a single red ornamental bulb — just like the scrawny tree in the beloved "Peanuts" holiday tale. Officials say they hope the symbol will remind people...

  • Egypt braces for new Islamist protest

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest Friday by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government and the defense of their religion, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force." The Islamists' call for nationwide rallies Friday is the first attempt in months to...

  • Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says at least 13 prisoners died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, though activists on Thursday questioned the official version and said the death toll could be far higher. The disturbances at the David Viloria...

  • Peres criticizes Israel's 'Jewish state' bill

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former president has come out against a bill floated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would define Israel as "the Jewish state." At a ceremony alongside Netanyahu on Thursday, Shimon Peres said the legislation was driven by political interests, would hurt the country's image and erode Israel's "democratic...

  • France returns 250 smuggled Egyptian antiquities

    PARIS (AP) — France has returned 250 Egyptian antiquities seized from the luggage of travelers arriving in Paris four years ago. The customs office said that it gave the Egyptian Embassy on Thursday the amulets, rings, funeral statues, clay pots and other objects seized in March and November of 2010 at Charles de Gaulle airport. A statement...

  • Oil prices tank as OPEC leaves output unchanged

    LONDON (AP) — Oil companies saw their shares take a beating Thursday as crude prices slid to their lowest in over four years in the wake of OPEC's decision to maintain production levels even though prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks. With U.S. markets closed for Thanksgiving, investors around the world were taking their cue from...

  • Pope condemns Islamic State violence

    JERUSALEM (AP) — On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists. In an interview published Thursday, Francis was quoted as saying that the persecution of Christians today is "the worst" it has been since Christianity's...

  • Spain soccer team starts fund for evicted woman

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish soccer team opened a bank account Thursday to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week from her Madrid apartment sparked an outcry, team officials said. Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa said his club will also donate money from ticket sales from its next home game to help Carmen...

  • Judge: British minister did call policemen 'plebs'

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court has weighed in on a big scandal over one small word, saying a government minister did call a policeman by the "politically toxic" insult "pleb." Judge John Mitting on Thursday rejected a lawsuit by former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell over a two-year furor, weighted with class and politics, that has...

  • Slovakia to hold referendum on same-sex marriage

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country on Feb. 7, the president said Thursday. President Andrej Kiska's move comes after the Alliance for Family conservative group gathered about 400,000 signatures supporting the vote. Slovaks will be asked whether they...

  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all. An Associated Press...

  • Justice sent home after heart stent implanted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery. Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on...

  • Israel says it busted Hamas cell planning attacks

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet security service said Thursday it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet said it arrested more than 30 Hamas militants who planned to kidnap Israelis and carry out attacks against Jerusalem's light rail and its...

  • Original Alice manuscript to travel to US museums

    LONDON (AP) — Lewis Carroll's original handwritten, illustrated manuscript for "Alice in Wonderland" will travel to the U.S. to mark its 150th anniversary. The British Library said Thursday it will loan the book — presented by the author to Alice Liddell, who inspired it — to New York's Morgan Library and Museum and the Rosenbach Museum of the...

  • Nigeria parliament: Shell should pay $3.6 billion

    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — A parliament committee in Nigeria says that Shell should pay $3.6 billion in fines as punishment for a 2011 oil spill. The committee's decision, made Wednesday, is non-binding. The spill occurred in 2011 of the Bonga oil field. In 2011, the National Oil Spill Detection Response Agency estimated that around 40,000 barrels...

  • 10 dead in Kashmir gunbattle between rebels, army

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Heavily armed militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir on Thursday, and four civilians were among the 10 dead, authorities said. The nine-hour exchange of firing stopped as night fell, but some militants were still believed to be holed up in an abandoned bunker in the Arnia...

  • Mosul residents: IS group cuts phones in Iraq city

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group blocked all mobile phone networks in the largest Iraqi city they control, Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition forces to their whereabouts, residents told The Associated Press on Thursday. Residents described a scene of "chaos" and "paralysis" in the city...

  • Greece says under pressure for new austerity

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek official says the country is under pressure from rescue creditors to impose new austerity measures to resolve an ongoing budget disagreement worth a reported 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion). Negotiator Christos Protopapas, a former union leader and Socialist labor minister, said Thursday that international lenders...

  • Frida Kahlo's garden to be reimagined in New York

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's native garden and studio will be reimagined at the New York Botanical Garden in the spring. The garden will use flowers and plants native to Mexico in the exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life," which will open May 16 and run through Nov. 1. The artist's first solo exhibition in New York City...

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