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  • Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown marries

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off weeks of ongoing protests, has gotten married. Records at the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds office show that 28-year-old Darren Wilson married Barbara Spradling on Oct. 24. A municipal judge performed the ceremony in Overland,...

  • Student held after Fort Sam Houston lockdown

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A college student has been detained after driving onto Fort Sam Houston over the weekend, causing a nearly four-hour lockdown. Officials at the military installation in San Antonio said Monday they were investigating how the private vehicle got through security late Sunday afternoon. 502nd Air Base Wing spokesman Alex...

  • US Steel to build new headquarters in Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. has announced it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the NHL's Penguins' redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site. Company, team, city and state officials made the announcement Monday. The steel giant has been in talks with local leaders about whether to remain in...

  • Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest. The deputy chief forest ranger in Szprotawa, Jerzy Wilanowski, said Monday that firefighters battled the blaze for more than 30 hours last week using water and foam. Foresters noticed the fire Tuesday...

  • Judge: Confession can be used in missing boy trial

    NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect with a low IQ understood his rights when he told investigators two years ago that he choked a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979, a judge ruled Monday, allowing prosecutors to use the confession that appears to be their key evidence in a notorious missing children's case. The 53-year-old suspect, Pedro Hernandez, has...

  • Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it...

  • Erdogan: women are not equal to men

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently,...

  • California bus crash kills 1 in 2nd wreck of day

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus drifted off a Northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man and injuring 30 others in the vehicle's second wreck in a day, authorities said. The bus was en route from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, when it drifted off the right shoulder of Interstate 5 around 7:30 a.m....

  • Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday. Police officials in the Diyala province said that Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late Sunday after heavy fighting with the Sunni...

  • Spanish police arrest 4 priests in pedophile case

    MADRID (AP) — Four priests were arrested Monday on suspicion of child sex abuse in a case which Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Pope Francis has taken a special interest in uncovering. Fernandez Diaz said police made the arrests in the southern city of Granada. The priests' identities weren't revealed. The minister said he...

  • Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse

    LONDON (AP) — Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts. Daniel Hegglin, a Hong Kong-based investor, went to Britain's High Court to force Google to ensure posts falsely labeling him a murderer, pedophile and Nazi didn't appear in search results. Hegglin's...

  • Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never has been and never will be any government plan to evict the...

  • Romania appoints diplomat as foreign minister

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has named a respected diplomat as foreign minister after two ministers resigned over criticism about the way voting was organized for Romanians abroad in a recent election. Bogdan Aurescu, 41, was named by Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday and the president accepted the appointment. The previous two...

  • Buffalo area preps for melt, possible evacuations

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People in storm-socked areas around Buffalo began returning to work on Monday as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell. It was not clear how widespread flooding would be almost a week after western New York was pummeled by epic snowfall. Thermometer readings were approaching 60 degrees by...

  • Deal gives Russia greater control over Abkhazia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia further tightened its control over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia on Monday with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia. Under the treaty signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abkhazia's leader, Russian and Abkhazian forces will come under...

  • US judge to sentence reputed drug-lord lieutenant

    CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was to be sentenced Monday for his part in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and cities. The spotlight during Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez's sentencing in federal court in Chicago will be on the credibility of two Sinaloa cartel...

  • Filipino troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in clash

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed at least five Abu Sayyaf gunmen and seized their camp in a clash in an ongoing offensive in the south, a military spokeswoman said Monday. Army troops and marines were on their way to arrest an Abu Sayyaf commander on Sunday when an undetermined number of militants opened fire at them,...

  • Man pleads not guilty in Indianapolis teen's death

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a 15-year-old girl whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis backyard in August. Forty-six-year-old William Gholston appeared before a Marion County judge for his initial hearing Monday on the murder charge he faces in Dominique Allen's death....

  • China defends land reclamation in South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman...

  • Hong Kong to clear more protest barricades

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said they will remove some barricades Tuesday from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. The government said in a statement late Monday that police will be on hand to assist bailiffs working under a court order to...

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