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  • AP Top News At 11:21 a.m. EST

    11 minutes ago

    (AP) 2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat 2014 frustrates US hopes for ...

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

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    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand ...

  • Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage

    22 minutes ago

    (AP) ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Sunday the authorities have picked up several ...

  • Tahoe Shakespeare festival to feature expanded 2-show season

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    (AP) INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will feature an expanded two-show season in 2015. Organizers have announced the festival's 43rd year will be headlined by productions of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Romeo and Juliet, and the romantic ...

  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

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    (AP) MIAMI (AP) — The efforts of Pope Francis to foster a thaw between the U.S. and Cuba has caused some fractures among Catholics in Miami. Though many Cuban-American Catholics praise the pontiff for encouraging progress, others feel betrayed by their ...

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

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    (AP) FARGO, N.D. (AP) — It took nearly eight years from the time a Toronto man was arrested in a massive credit card fraud scheme, but a federal judge has figured out how much each victim is owed. Adekunle Adetiloye (aw-duh-KUHN-lee ...

  • States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

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    (AP) CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — Federal grant money has long been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to rural areas. Now a South Dakota program is offering a similar incentive for lawyers. It provides an annual subsidy of ...

  • Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

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    (AP) DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's ...

  • 7 puppies left for dead in trash bin find permanent homes

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    (AP) INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Seven puppies left for dead in a trash bin have found permanent homes after being nursed back to health by volunteers at a Lake Tahoe facility. Melissa Shaw of the Pet Network Humane Society in ...

  • AP Top International News At 10:34 a.m. EST

    58 minutes ago

    (AP) US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground Russia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat ...

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    1 hour, 36 minutes ago

    (AP) TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. and that a ...

  • Authorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody

    1 hour, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody.

  • Belarusian independent news sites blocked

    1 hour, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media. There was no official word on who was responsible for the blockages that ...

  • Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

    2 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to ...

  • Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

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    (AP) DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me." Dr. Desmond Williams continues: "I want to give my family the permission to request a safe and dignified, ...

  • Sunday's Sports Scoreboard

    2 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) All Times Eastern National Football League Atlanta vs New Orleans, 1 p.m. Baltimore vs Houston, 1 p.m. Cleveland vs Carolina, 1 p.m. Detroit vs Chicago, 1 p.m. Green Bay vs Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Kansas City vs Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ...

  • Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections

    2 hours, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed. Antonis ...

  • 2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

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    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. A diplomatic showdown was looming over Arab plans to force Israel ...

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

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    (AP) LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish have officially converted their civil partnership into a marriage. The ceremony took place exactly nine years after they entered into a civil partnership. The couple was able to marry ...

  • Egypt President awards medal to retired spy chief

    3 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards after ordering his retirement. Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, a longtime mentor of el-Sissi, was seen as a hardliner in the government ...

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