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  • South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices. The finance...

  • AP sources: Yates tapped for deputy AG

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move. They said Sally Quillian Yates is Obama's pick for deputy attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, she'll oversee day-to-day operations....

  • France: Driver slams into passersby in rampage

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots around the eastern city of Dijon, injuring several people and raising national concern. The government said the driver's motives were unclear. But the strange incident Sunday evening came a day after an attack on police in another French town that...

  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece,...

  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

    Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men...

  • Interim prime minister named in politically fractious Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named as Haiti's interim prime minister on Sunday following the resignation of her predecessor a week ago amid a stalemate over delayed legislative elections. Duperval Guillaume will hold the post for a maximum of 30 days, as established by the constitution, before a...

  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on...

  • What's being said about killings of 2 NYC officers

    Reaction to the deaths of two New York Police Department officers killed by a gunman who ambushed them in their squad car on a Brooklyn street: ___ "I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The...

  • Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the...

  • Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Farther north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities. In...

  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and...

  • Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a 4-year-long rocky transition to democracy...

  • Protester takes perch on St. Peter's façade

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur lowered himself onto a narrow ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest against government reforms at one of Roman Catholicism's holiest sites. Marcello di Finizio told The Associated Press by telephone from his...

  • States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

    CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys. Although federal grant money for decades...

  • Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops...

  • Mokrzycki, former AP polling director, dies at 52

    WEST NEWBURY, Mass. (AP) — Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, has died. He was 52. Mokrzycki (pronounced mohr-ZIK'-ee) died Friday of an apparent heart attack at home in West Newbury, said Jill Gambon, his wife of 21 years. Mokrzycki...

  • Egypt President awards medal to retired spy chief

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards on Sunday, after ordering his retirement. Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, a longtime mentor of el-Sissi, was seen as a hardliner in the government crackdown against Islamists and secular dissidents that followed the...

  • Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the return of a convicted cop killer before diplomatic relations proceed. Christie outlined his requests in a letter sent to the White House last week and released by his...

  • Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. "Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the other have been taken into custody," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, adding that the...

  • Egypt court bars pictures in homosexuality trial

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court official says a judge has barred photographers from taking courtroom pictures of 26 men on trial in connection to their suspected homosexuality, after their families protested. The case has captured public attention. Scenes of half-naked men covering their faces behind towels escorted by policemen out of a...

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