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  • AP PHOTOS: Brazil housing shortage a daily drama

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When it rains, the dirt floor of the home where Taina Ferreira lives with her three small children turns to mud, and the contents of the open sewer that cuts in front of her front door sweep into the house. Ferreira, a 25-year-old single mother who works odd jobs as a maid, is one of an estimated 220,000 Rio de Janeiro...

  • Baby of dead pregnant woman in critical condition

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man whose pregnant fiancee was struck and killed by a van in a Pittsburgh parking lot says their son was born by emergency cesarean section and doctors are evaluating whether he was harmed by a lack of oxygen. George Weatherwalk told reporters Thursday that the baby's name is Trace Joseph Weatherwalk. The boy's vital signs...

  • Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest

    BEIRUT (AP) — Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital. Security forces beat several protesters and some journalists as they broke up the demonstration. The Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Syria...

  • Cops: Man inspired by gangster movie uses firebomb

    DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old inspired by a scene in "Gangster Squad" tossed Molotov cocktails in a suburban New York community. Police say Brandon Scerri unleashed a couple of handmade incendiary devices Sunday on streets in Dobbs Ferry after watching a scene in the 2013 movie involving grenades. The film recounts police...

  • High winds scale back search for missing anglers

    CUT BANK, Mont. (AP) — Strong winds in northern Montana led Glacier County officials to scale back the search for a Canadian man and a Japanese woman who went missing after a weekend fishing trip. The sheriff's office had patrols working the shoreline of Mission Lake, which is south of U.S. Highway 2 between Browning and Cut Bank. However,...

  • French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine

    PARIS (AP) — France's government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. France's lower house of Parliament on Friday debated a measure urging the government to recognize an independent Palestine. The Socialist...

  • Cops: Beau who ate holiday meal early gets stabbed

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania woman chased her boyfriend around a dining room and stabbed him in the chest because he started eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a bender. Authorities say Jacklyn Blake confessed to officers who responded to her Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree) home Thursday. Officers found her...

  • Magicians stage effort to restore Houdini's grave

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America's most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name in bold letters: Houdini. It is an impressive tribute to the man who grew up as Ehrich Weiss and died on...

  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said...

  • Candy distribution center in Ohio ravaged by fire

    MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Some orders for chocolates have been halted after fire gutted a candy warehouse and distribution center in northeast Ohio. Authorities are trying to determine what caused the blaze that began Thursday morning at the Fannie May Fine Chocolates center in Maple Heights, Ohio. Authorities said there were no injuries....

  • Sarkozy's back _ but can he regain the presidency?

    PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy tried to quit politics after losing the French presidency, and instead followed his wife's international singing tours and traveled the speakers' circuit. He couldn't stay away. "I miss it so much," he said recently of the political scene he once dominated. Sarkozy is almost certain to win leadership of his...

  • Flooding kills at least 4 in French Riviera towns

    PARIS (AP) — At least four people have died in torrential rains along the French Riviera where flooding transformed roads into waterways. The prefecture of the Var region at the center of the storms said a woman's body was found Friday in La Londe-les-Maures; rescuers were searching for her 8-year-old daughter. Another woman died there on...

  • Spain: Bank shootout kills police officer, suspect

    MADRID (AP) — A shootout at a bank in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo has left a police officer and the lone suspect dead. Authorities say the unnamed suspect was trying to rob a branch of the Abanca bank when police arrived. The suspect shot two officers Friday while using a bank worker as a human shield. A national police spokeswoman...

  • Islamists hold small protests in Egypt, 5 killed

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army and navy officers killed in separate incidents. The call for nationwide rallies to topple the government marked the first...

  • Animals sacrificed in Nepal to bring good luck

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A festival believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world began Friday in southern Nepal, where devotees believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess will grant their wishes. In the fields outside a temple before dawn, a priest dropped five drops of his own blood and sacrificed a rat,...

  • NY museum digitizing Harlem Hellfighters records

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Air Force retiree Greta Hamilton was familiar with the Harlem Hellfighters, a storied all-black infantry regiment that won fame on the World War I battlefields of France only to be virtually shunned by the U.S. military back home. But it wasn't until she volunteered to help the New York State Military Museum...

  • In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

    The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke — on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson....

  • UN panel raps US record on torture

    GENEVA (AP) — Police brutality, military interrogations and prisons were among the top concerns of a U.N. panel's report Friday that found the United States to be falling short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty. The report by the U.N. Committee Against Torture, its first such review of the U.S. record since 2006,...

  • Thai legislature approves ban on surrogacy

    BANGKOK (AP) — A lawmaker says Thailand's interim parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term. Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals earlier this year. One involved an Australian couple who took home a healthy baby girl born from a Thai...

  • Brazil's GDP grows in third quarter

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The government says Brazil's economy has pulled out of the recession it slipped into after the second quarter of the year. The IBGE statistics bureau said Friday that Brazil's gross domestic product grew 0.1 percent in the third quarter, ending the technical recession of the first half of the year. A technical recession is...

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