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  • Ex-studio boss who oversaw major '70s films dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Yablans, a former president of Paramount Pictures in the 1970s who oversaw the release of several groundbreaking pictures, has died. Yablans died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles, his son Eddy Yablans told The Associated Press on Thursday. He was 79. Yablans was president at Paramount when...

  • Fugitive New Zealand killer deported from Brazil

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand who fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison was deported Friday from the South American country. New Zealand police said three officers escorted Phillip John Smith onto a plane that left Rio de Janeiro en route to New Zealand. Smith, 40, fled to...

  • Fires, other incidents investigated after protests

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Several suspected arsons and other incidents are being investigated following the violent protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Here's a look at some of those incidents, though it's unclear if all are...

  • Protesters wounded by gunfire in northeast Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian authorities on Thursday were investigating a street protest that turned violent in a northeastern town close to the country's border with the Dominican Republic. Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours confirmed people were wounded by gunfire during a Thursday protest in Fort Liberte, but he could not immediately...

  • Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government said 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...

  • Small quake rattles California wine country

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a magnitude 3.1 earthquake rattled Napa County wine country in California, but no injuries or property damage was immediately reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the small, shallow quake hit at 12:36 p.m. Thursday and was centered about 5 miles northeast of Sonoma and six miles from Napa. The Los...

  • For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death — a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop. Soon, "Hands Up. Don't Shoot!" became a rallying cry for protesters in the streets of this St. Louis suburb and a symbol nationwide of racial inequality for those who believe...

  • Venezuela opposition leader will appear in court

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said Thursday she will continue working toward a peaceful change of Venezuela's government even as she complies with an order to face charges of plotting to kill the president. Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the former congresswoman to appear in court next week...

  • Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty

    GENEVA (AP) — After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually. Diplomats said the deal is the first multilateral trade agreement in the organization's 20-year history. Agreement has been difficult to reach because WTO deals require...

  • Riviera rains leave at least 1 dead in flooding

    PARIS (AP) — Torrential rains along the French Riviera have inundated homes and roads, leaving at least one person dead and three missing. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says rescue teams were searching for three missing residents after a woman was found dead in La Londe-les-Maures, not far from Hyeres, her car swept away by raging...

  • 38 UN peacekeepers deserted Mali post, will return

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokeswoman says more than three dozen U.N. peacekeepers have deserted their post in northern Mali, complaining that supplies including food and water were slow to reach them. Radhia Achooru says 38 Chadian soldiers left their camp on Tuesday and a delegation from the peacekeeping force met with them Thursday to hear...

  • Giant balloons draw oohs, ahhs at Macy's parade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Spectators of all ages oohed and ahhed as giant inflated characters floated through the streets of Manhattan during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thursday's spectacle featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. It was around 37 degrees with a...

  • Flight 93 chapel closed after being struck by car

    SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A car has crashed into a Pennsylvania chapel honoring the Sept. 11 victims of United Airlines Flight 93, temporarily closing it. State police say the car hit a chapel wall after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday. They say the accident killed a Shanksville woman and injured the other driver. The chapel in Stonycreek...

  • Sinn Fein figure arrested over widow's '72 killing

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police have interrogated a prominent Irish Republican Army veteran about the IRA's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a widowed mother of 10, one of the outlawed group's most notorious slayings. The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party says its Northern Ireland chairman, Bobby Storey,...

  • Hollande: France helped exile ex-Burkina leader

    PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande says France helped secure the exile of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore to "avoid a bloodbath." Compaore was forced from power Oct. 31 by opposition protesters angry that he was seeking another term after 27 years in power in Burkina Faso, a former French colony. Hollande said in an interview...

  • Bomb kills 5 Nigerian troops; Boko Haram suspected

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Five Nigerian troops were killed and seven injured when a roadside bomb went off in northeastern Nigeria, an army colonel said. The explosive detonated in a village just outside of Mubi, the second largest city in Adamawa state on Wednesday, according to the colonel, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to...

  • Brazil's Rousseff names banker as finance minister

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff named a former treasury secretary with a reputation as a fiscal conservative as finance minister on Thursday in a move that's widely seen as charting a new course for Brazil's flagging economy and soothing jittery financial markets. The appointee, Joaquim Levy, is a University of...

  • LAPD: Arrested protesters to be released by dinner

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators who can't make bail after being arrested during Los Angeles protests linked to the Ferguson police shooting will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner, police said Thursday. About 90 people remained in jail after being arrested late Wednesday, and those who weren't able to pay the $500 bail were to be...

  • Expectant mom struck by car dies; baby born alive

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A pregnant woman sitting outside a drugstore died when an elderly driver trying to park jumped the curb and pinned her against the wall, police said. Doctors delivered her nearly full-term baby, who police said was in critical condition Wednesday night. A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday that no information about the child...

  • OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

    VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power to push up markets...

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