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Islamic State group recruits, exploits children
BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training cam...
By Zeina Karam and Vivian Salama The Associated Press FULL STORY
Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
WASHINGTON — 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 accomplishm...
By Ben Nuckols and Brett Zongker The Associated Press FULL STORY
Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury
FERGUSON, Mo. — Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge. More than 3 1/2 months have passed since polic...
By David A. Lieb and Andale Gross The Associated Press FULL STORY
Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish
JERUSALEM — In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy debate that could bring down Prime Minister Benjamin N...
By Josef Federman and Aron Heller The Associated Press FULL STORY
New Jersey looks at ’yes means yes’ college policy
TRENTON, N.J. — You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals. But if things turn sexual, are you sure that will hold up under legal scrutiny? That’s a question at the...
By Michael Catalini The Associated Press FULL STORY
Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
BUFFALO, N.Y. — First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt. Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Gov...
By Michael Hill The Associated Press FULL STORY
A way for republicans to defuse immigration issue?
DENVER — Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama’s moves on immigration without alienating the nation’s fast-growing population of Hispanic voters can find a playbook in Colorado. GOP Rep. Cory Gardner won election to the Senate in the midterms in a state where 14 perc...
By Nicholas Riccardi The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension
VIENNA — The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it’s time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior U.S. official said that with the Monday evening c...
By George Jahn and Matthew Lee The Associated Press FULL STORY
Letter that inspired Kerouac found, up for auction
LOS ANGELES — It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” and, during a three-week wri...
By John Rogers The Associated Press FULL STORY
Church members each get $500 to do good for world
CHICAGO — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, the pastor said, and $160,000 — a typical 10 percent tithe ...
By Sharon Cohen The Associated Press FULL STORY
Joey Chestnut devours turkey to win eating contest
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird. Ten contestants vied to see who could eat the most of a 20-pound turkey in a competition Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Chestnut ate 9.35 pound...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
City’s ‘ugly’ Christmas tree prompts public outcry
READING, Pa. — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Reading’s spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit. Now...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Oregon festival’s giant nutcracker: 41 feet
  ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece - a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts. The statue was created by a Willamette ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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What do you think of President Obama's expansive executive actions on immigration unveiled Thursday?

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