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  • As border checks return in Europe, economic costs loom

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:04:03 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Queues, bottlenecks and security checks — their return in Europe could have a sizeable economic impact if they become entrenched in the wake of the attacks in Paris and the unprecedented flow of refugees from conflict zones like Syria.

  • Canadian PM Trudeau: Syrian refugees not security risk

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:01:30 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has slowed down plans to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees within weeks in order to allay citizens' security concerns after the Paris attacks.

  • Brazil police arrest government Senate leader

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:59:02 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police Wednesday arrested the government's leader in the Senate for allegedly obstructing the investigation into a corruption scandal at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

  • Growth _ but not expansion _ in US Internet gambling market

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:48:15 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet gambling is slowly growing — but not expanding — after 2 1/2 years of online betting in the United States.

  • The Latest: Canadian PM slows down Syrian resettlement

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:46:29 GMT

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slides to 3.95 percent

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:36:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week after they climbed recently expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.

  • Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:35:02 GMT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip.

  • Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:34:38 GMT

    Among the 130 victims killed in attacks in Paris were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. They had varied backgrounds and interests. Here are some of their stories:

  • Georgia sheriff revels in 'politically incorrect' sign

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:27:30 GMT

    HAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — If you don't like a Georgia sheriff's political incorrectness, you can leave his county.

  • Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against US

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:27:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said there is currently no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Stage set for vote on Pennsylvania attorney general's future

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:27:05 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor faces a new threat to her hold on office after a state Senate committee recommended Wednesday that the full chamber consider whether to remove her from the job as she fights criminal charges.

  • Jurors at trial of ex-NY Assembly speaker take holiday break

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:21:38 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Deliberations will resume Monday at the federal corruption trial of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

  • Polish minister: Country against further gas emission cuts

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:20:21 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new environment minister said Wednesday he is against further cuts in carbon gas emissions, a key topic during climate talks next week in Paris.

  • Rubio finesses abortion stance criticized by Democrats

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:16:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio staked out a hard-line position on abortion in the first GOP debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton took notice.

  • Religion news in brief

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:09:44 GMT

    Mayor seeks support of ministers in helping to maintain calm in wake of release of deadly police video

  • Obama says there is no specific and credible intelligence about a plot against US now

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:08:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says there is no specific and credible intelligence about a plot against US now .

  • Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:52:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.

  • Criminal justice issues showing up in 2016 presidential race

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:51:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.

  • Outgoing Argentine president says she's not going away

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:43:44 GMT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Argentines chose a new president in recent elections, many voters seemed more concerned about what would happen with the old one.

  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:41:42 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor.

  • Lithuania leads way in reducing Russia's clout in energy

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:36:35 GMT

    KLAIPEDA, Lithuania (AP) — Andrius Petraitis watches the flickering blue flame on his cooker and sighs with relief. This winter, he won't have to worry about supplies of gas for heating or cooking.