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Pope says ‘catastrophic’ if interests derail climate talks
NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be “catastrophic” for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of crucial climate change ...
By Nincole Winfield and Tom Odula The Associated Press FULL STORY
Turkey-Russia spat over shot Russian warplane escalates
ANKARA, Turkey — A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder. The...
By Suzan Fraser and Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bittersweet Thanksgiving in Paris after deadly attacks
PARIS — The turkey will be dished up with heaps of sadness for thousands of American expatriates celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris following the city’s worst attacks in recent memory. For some it’s an opportunity for a return to relative peace, following the Nov. 13 attacks on a rock concert,...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS
MOSCOW — The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against both of the countries...
By Sylvie Corbet and Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press FULL STORY
Where’s death penalty in push for criminal justice overhaul?
WASHINGTON — Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refuse...
By Kathleen Hennessey The Associated Press FULL STORY
Donald Trump called out for appearing to mock disability
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn’t know the reporter personally or what ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fight
RALEIGH, N.C. — State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state’s broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps. About 800 troopers — equivalent to half the force — have joined...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Study: Skin care drug prices up 401 percent since 2009
WASHINGTON — The cost of prescription skin treatments has skyrocketed since 2009, as the burden of escalating drug prices increasingly weighs on family budgets. Retail prices have surged 401 percent since 2009 for brand-name drugs for skin conditions, according to research published in JAMA Derma...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
WASHINGTON — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. CNN reports that the man was immediately apprehended. Armed security personnel have been seen outside the White House since the in...
Big balloons, heavy security for N.Y. Thanksgiving parade
NEW YORK — Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, ca...
By Karen Matthews The Associated Press FULL STORY
Oldest known seabird is back at Midway Atoll near Hawaii
HONOLULU — Federal wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the Laysan Albatross named Wisdom was spotted at the remote island on Nov. 19. An ornithologist first put an identification band on Wisdom ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pennsylvania teen misses turn, accidentally runs full marathon
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania teenager’s family says he accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course. WPVI-TV reports Evan Megoulas runs on his high school’s cross country team in Palmyra, 80 miles west of Philadelphia. He s...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Winds and high tides damage Alaska beach art installation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska —Winds and high tides have seriously damaged most of an Anchorage public art installation that is focusing on mental health. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that fewer than a dozen statues remained standing Wednesday among 74 that were originally installed on rebar stakes along...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Woman sought for series of California wedding thefts
SAN DIEGO — Southern California authorities are looking for a wedding thief who steals wallets, credit cards and other valuables on the couple’s happiest day without so much as an “I do.” The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says an arrest warrant has been issued for 50-year-old Deni...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Inmate kicks out police window, jumps onto Arizona freeway
TEMPE, Ariz. — Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle. Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of a city police van b...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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