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  • British banker can plea in HK murder case: Judge

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:33:48 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong judge on Monday deemed a British banker charged with murdering two Indonesian women fit to enter a plea in his case based on the results of psychiatric reports.

  • Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:32:47 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has convicted nine Chinese fishermen of poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea and fined each nearly $103,000 but imposed no jail term.

  • Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:08:30 GMT

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter's epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding.

  • AP Photos: Refuge takes smuggled monkeys in Chile

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:04:31 GMT

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Elba Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants.

  • Baby girl accidentally shot in New York City home

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:21:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested the parents of a 9-month-old girl who was hospitalized after she was accidentally shot inside her home in New York City.

  • Mexico summons Uruguay's ambassador over comment

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:36:20 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Sunday after the South American country's president described Mexico as a kind of "failed state" in a magazine interview.

  • San Jose police arrest man after airport chase

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:58:40 GMT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say breached security and commandeered an airport work truck at the San Jose airport.

  • Sydney mom charged with attempted murder of baby

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:45:13 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.

  • Russell has 32 to lead No. 20 Ohio State, 106-48

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:20:07 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — D'Angelo Russell scored 32 points and Shannon Scott set a school record with 16 assists to lead 20th-ranked Ohio State to a 106-48 win against overmatched Sacred Heart on Sunday night.

  • Man who ambushed cops had anti-government beliefs

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:09:39 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who set his house on fire and ambushed responding police officers held "anti-government, anti-establishment" views and had previously threatened law enforcement, authorities said Sunday.

  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:04:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

  • Vatican prosecutor didn't report abusive priest

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:41:15 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other acts of sexual abuse, according to legal documents reviewed by The Boston Globe.

  • DA to dismiss ticket in wreck that killed family

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:25:51 GMT

    MONROE, La. (AP) — A prosecutor says he is dismissing the ticket issued to a Texas teenager who apparently fell asleep at the wheel and caused a wreck that killed five members of his family as they were headed to Disney World.

  • Boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:17:53 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

  • Portuguese ex-premier kept in jail amid fraud case

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:01:46 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates is spending a third straight night in jail as officials continue to investigate him for suspected corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

  • Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:53:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of the U.S. nuclear force amid a gambling investigation is denying that he made the counterfeit casino chips he was caught using at an Iowa casino poker table.

  • Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:43:00 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

  • Mother who shot children dies from her injuries

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:07:18 GMT

    TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who authorities say shot all three of her children, killing two of them, before turning the gun on herself died Sunday from her injuries, state police said.

  • Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:46:28 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

  • Man ID'd who lit house on fire, ambushed officers

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:05:01 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials have identified the man who was fatally shot after he set fire to his house and then waited for authorities so he could ambush them.

  • Relatives question honor for civil rights workers

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:41:51 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three civil rights workers who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the honor makes some of their relatives uneasy.