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  • 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.

  • Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:55:16 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday to observe the Thanksgiving holiday, decorating boarded-up storefronts and gathering for church services and turkey giveaways in marked contrast to the previous days' outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

  • 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.

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

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:19:01 GMT

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A prominent Irish Republican Army veteran has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the IRA's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a widowed mother of 10, one of the outlawed group's most notorious slayings.

  • 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.

  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:09:58 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

  • Ferguson protests dwindle as businesses regroup

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:37:45 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — As demonstrations in California heated up overnight, the robust protests in Ferguson dwindled in size and severity as Thanksgiving approached, a change from the days immediately following the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

  • Belize charges man in Panama diplomat killing

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:18:23 GMT

    BELIZE CITY (AP) — Authorities in Belize have charged a 19-year-old man for the killing of a Panamanian diplomat.

  • Belize charges man in killing of Panama diplomat

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:12:51 GMT

    BELIZE CITY (AP) — Authorities in Belize say they have charged a 19-year-old man for the killing of a Panamanian diplomat.

  • Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:56:32 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A handful of people are gathered in downtown St. Louis for what the organizer is calling a "pro-community" car cruise.

  • India: Girls died by suicide, not slain by rapists

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:33:11 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top investigative agency said Thursday that two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by attackers in a north Indian village actually committed suicide because of shame over a relationship with a boyfriend.

  • 14 convicted in UK of sexually exploiting girls

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:22:06 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Fourteen men have been convicted in Britain of running a sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of girls as young as 13.

  • In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:15:35 GMT

    CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) — The vigilantes collared the short, pot-bellied man at Cajamarca's teeming outdoor market and marched him to their storefront. He was a serial pickpocket, they said.

  • Portugal police make big hashish seizure off ship

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:54:48 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police say they seized around 20 metric tons of hashish from a fishing vessel at sea, despite the crew's efforts to sink the ship by exploding a drum of gas as authorities approached.

  • France: Police arrest 2 over jihadi propaganda

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:26:20 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities have detained two people suspected of selling jihadi DVDs and other propaganda, under a new anti-terrorism law aimed at stopping French extremists from joining fighters abroad.

  • Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S. Korea trial

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:27:59 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

  • Family: Boy's fatal shooting could have been avoided

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:43:11 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said surveillance video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive.

  • Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:31:47 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

  • Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault in Canada

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:19:05 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country's vaunted public broadcaster.