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  • Fugitive New Zealand killer deported from Brazil

    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:39:00 GMT

    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.

  • Fires, other incidents investigated after protests

    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:32:14 GMT

    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.

  • Argentina charges HSBC with aiding tax evasion

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:54:12 GMT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank Thursday with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts.

  • Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:42:09 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.

  • US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:51:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.

  • 1-year-old unharmed in New Orleans carjacking

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:38:22 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As a 30-year-old woman pumped gas at a station in a New Orleans neighborhood, a man jumped in the car and sped away with her 1-year-old daughter inside.

  • Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:19:12 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

  • Mexico leader announces anti-crime crackdown

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:02:23 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan on Thursday that would give Congress the power to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs, and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.

  • For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:50:23 GMT

    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.

  • LAPD: Arrested protesters to be released by dinner

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:36:51 GMT

    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.

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

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:26:16 GMT

    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.

  • LAPD: All arrested in protests released by dinner

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:06:23 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department says demonstrators who can't make bail after being arrested during Ferguson protests will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • 11 burned bodies found in southern Mexico

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:37:12 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan on Thursday, the same day police found the partly burned bodies of 11 men dumped on the side of a road in the southern state of Guerrero.

  • LAPD updates arrests to 145 in Ferguson fallout

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:23:45 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is updating its tally of arrests from a third night of demonstrations linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Hong Kong student protest leader banned from site

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:05:52 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Thursday banned a high-profile student leader from going near a recently cleared protest site, constraining the pro-democracy movement as it enters a third month.

  • Death penalty sought for Nigerian child bride

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:02:52 GMT

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence.

  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:57:45 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thanksgiving started quietly in Ferguson, following protests Wednesday night that drew the smallest crowd since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

  • For 600 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:51:57 GMT

    IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) — Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks.

  • France returns 250 smuggled Egyptian antiquities

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:14:00 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France has returned 250 Egyptian antiquities seized from the luggage of travelers arriving in Paris four years ago.

  • Police return to Hernandez home seeking sneakers

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:47:49 GMT

    NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have returned to the home of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez seeking sneakers they believe were worn on the night of a 2013 killing he's charged in.

  • Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians' interest wanes

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:39:48 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Amal Shaker's 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, she is still waiting for justice.