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  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:40:29 GMT

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

  • Man sets house on fire, kills responding deputy

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:49:54 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man set his house on fire and then started shooting at responding police officers and firefighters Saturday, killing a deputy and wounding another one before he was shot to death by law enforcement, authorities said.

  • Washington museum won't give up guns after all

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:42:49 GMT

    LYNDEN, Wash. (AP) — A small museum in northwestern Washington says it won't be removing all of the weapons from its World War II exhibit, after all.

  • Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:16:53 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America.

  • Mexico confirms US agent wounded in north in July

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:53:31 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy confirmed on Saturday that a U.S. marshal was wounded in Mexico while working with naval personnel in the northwestern state of Sinaloa during the summer.

  • Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:31:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy — just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms.

  • Poland's ruling party wins local elections

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:17:17 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Results for local elections in Poland show the governing Civic Platform party as the winner, a surprise outcome given that exit polls had predicted a defeat for the pro-European party.

  • Family of NYC man killed by police seeks answers

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:38:20 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sharpton and public officials demanded a full investigation Saturday into what law enforcement officials have termed an apparent accident.

  • Correction: Wintry Weather story

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:35:47 GMT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Nov. 21 about the Buffalo snowstorms, The Associated Press reported erroneously that warmer temperatures could make the snow heavier. Warmer temperatures alone would not increase the snow's weight.

  • Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:34:47 GMT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle.

  • Hitler watercolor sold for $162,000 at auction

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:37:01 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A watercolor of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday.

  • Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:47:38 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning of "serious gaps" in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, and if major differences persist the possibility of extending past Monday's deadline is seeming more likely.

  • Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:01:58 GMT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:42:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

  • City: Quarter-toting 'Robin Hooders' must back off

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:59:45 GMT

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The self-styled "Robin Hooders" race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from "the king's tariff."

  • Source: NKorean escapes kidnap attempt in Paris

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:59:32 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.

  • CORRECTS: Official: Florida sheriff's deputy, gunman killed in shootout; 1 wounded

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:38:11 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — CORRECTS: Official: Florida sheriff's deputy, gunman killed in shootout; 1 wounded. (Corrects APNewsAlert to fix typo regarding number of wounded)

  • Official says Florida sheriff's deputy, gunman killed in shootout near Tallahassee; I wounded

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:27:46 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Official says Florida sheriff's deputy, gunman killed in shootout near Tallahassee; I wounded.

  • Most of Thruway open after massive NY snowfall

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:05:29 GMT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Drivers are now free to exit the New York State Thruway in the areas pummeled earlier this week by up to 7 feet of snow.

  • Anti-government protest in Albania's capital

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:01:06 GMT

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Albanians protested on Saturday against their government's economic policies, including tax and energy price increases.

  • California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:45:11 GMT

    COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state.