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  • German consumer confidence on the rise

    BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases. The GfK research group said Friday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 9 points for January from 8.7 points in December. GfK says consumers still have...

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite. The property magnate Thomas Kwok was convicted of conspiracy for making HK$8.5 million ($1.1 million) of payments to city official Rafael...

  • Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office revealed late Wednesday that it was...

  • Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution. Tunisians must decide Sunday between Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old veteran of previous...

  • Farmers, unionists protest EU-US free trade talks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of farmers and trade unionists are protesting in Brussels against negotiations to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone, which they fear will leave them out in the cold at the expense of big multinationals. Farmers built fires and set off firecrackers close to EU headquarters early Friday, where only a few hours...

  • Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial. Relatives of Jennifer Laude saw the suspect, Marine...

  • NYC event marks winter solstice with music parades

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles. An outdoor musical celebration is marking the winter solstice on Sunday with just over a dozen small parades in locations around New York City, and people are invited to join in — with...

  • In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

    BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights. It is a problem that is replicated, to varying degrees, in nations across the Middle East where more than 3.3 million Syrians have found...

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be a big beneficiary of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island. Agricultural exports are among the few exceptions to the U.S. trade...

  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When police got to the...

  • Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector. Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla says the man told firefighters he was sleeping when his dog Buddy nudged him and woke him...

  • Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

    HAVANA (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off. Sarraff was publicly identified by a former intelligence official in the United States on...

  • Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end?

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system. And in perhaps the most stunning turn of all, the oil and mining tycoon who once was Brazil's...

  • Pilot gets 3 years for China crash that killed 44

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison after 44 people died when his plane crashed more than four years ago. Captain Qi Quanjun violated regulations by trying to land his plane in low visibility, the Yichun district court said in a ruling posted online. It said Qi was also found guilty...

  • Phoenix police chief fired after union strife

    PHOENIX (AP) — Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference where he said it was "time to silence the critics" and requested a two-year contract from the city. Unions representing Phoenix police officers sought a vote of no confidence in Garcia last month, alleging the...

  • California lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego was sentenced to three years of informal probation, ordered to participate in a six-week alcohol education program,...

  • S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators. The Justice Ministry petitioned the court to disband the Unified...

  • Japan, US delay update to defense cooperation

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States formally postponed Friday an update to their defense cooperation guidelines. The two governments said in a joint statement that they would work toward completing it in the first half of next year. Both sides had hoped to finish by the end of this year, but they decided to wait until the Japanese...

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able to assist in their own defenses but their attorneys disagreed with the...

  • Arson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday. The Dec. 8 fire burned the seven-story, 1.3-million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. Investigators...

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