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  • China arrests US aid worker near N. Korean border

    BEIJING (AP) — A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region. Shanghai-based lawyer Zhang Peihong said...

  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. "If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour...

  • Franciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis

    ROME (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, head of the order said. The head of the Order of Friars Minor, the Rev. Michael Perry, said "questionable financial activities" by some friars and outsiders have threatened the...

  • Man charged with bogus report during police search

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been accused of making a bogus carjacking report while police were searching for someone believed to have killed six people in suburban Philadelphia. Doylestown resident Luke Sanderlin was charged Friday with risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and making false reports to law enforcement during this...

  • Judge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. Family Dollar shareholders are to vote on the acquisition Tuesday. But some Family Dollar shareholders want the vote postponed until the board reviews a deal with Dollar...

  • UN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country. Nicholas Haysom, the top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan, told a...

  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern...

  • Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in California at 95

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95. His son Lowell Jr. says Steward died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura. After graduating with a business degree from Santa Barbara College in 1941,...

  • Obama signs massive defense spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes and training Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels. The law authorizes funds for basic military operations, from a 1 percent pay raise for troops to the purchase of ships,...

  • NY police officer suspended after videotaped punch

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended. New York Police Department officials announced the suspension on Friday but didn't name the officer. The arrest occurred Monday after police responded to a report of an assault in Manhattan. The video shows...

  • Soccer governing body sues over player images

    CHICAGO (AP) — A dispute over U.S. soccer players' images has landed in federal court. U.S. Soccer Federation Inc. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association this month asking a judge in Chicago to loosen some constraints on the use of players' images. The Chicago-based federation is U.S. soccer's governing...

  • Jail boss: Restrictive NYC unit will stop violence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Correction officials on Friday encouraged the city's jail watchdog board to approve a proposed rule change to allow for the creation of a 250-bed restrictive housing unit at Rikers Island for the 2.2 percent of inmates they say are responsible for the vast majority of violence. Speaking at a public hearing before the oversight...

  • Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt

    MIAMI (AP) — Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. The symbolism is hard to...

  • Chrysler gives in to gov't, expands air bag recall

    DETROIT (AP) — After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver's side air bag inflators across the nation. The automaker said Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks in the U.S., as demanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The...

  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was an 18-year-old model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when her...

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home. The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was under guard and speaking with police, Queensland Police...

  • North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Friday denied the FBI's accusation that it was behind a devastating hacking attack on Sony but it said the now-shelved film "The Interview" mocked the impoverished but nuclear-armed country. "It defamed the image of our country. It made a mockery of our sovereignty. We reject it," a North Korean diplomat to...

  • Ohio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county. Sakeena Majeed said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that a correction officer made her and other Cuyahoga County jail inmates attend Friday afternoon services led by a Baptist...

  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year. With little news to give them direction, traders continued to push indexes higher. That extended a rally from Wednesday when the Federal Reserve said it was in no hurry to hike interest rates....

  • Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. Fighting was still underway near the mountain, said Mahma Khalil, himself a member of Iraq's minority...

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