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Police hunt suspects in New Orleans park shooting
NEW ORLEANS — Police on Monday sought to determine what touched off a wild shootout in a crowd of hundreds of people at a New Orleans playground, where an evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare. The shootout, combined with the recent shooting of a good Samaritan who tried...
By Janet McConnaughey and Rebecca Santana The Associated Press FULL STORY
Everyone loves idea of same-day delivery, until they have to pay
NEW YORK — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it? That’s the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like Ub...
By Mae Anderson The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. issues travel warning in wake of terror attacks
WASHINGTON — Americans should be alert to the possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased terrorist threats around the world, the State Department warned on Monday. A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said current information suggests that milita...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
DeMaio accuser sentenced to probation over threatening email
SAN DIEGO — An aide to former California congressional candidate Carl DeMaio was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation for lying to federal investigators about a threatening email he wrote but said might have come from DeMaio, one of several allegations that rocked one of last year’s most ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Suicide vest found in Paris raises possible link to suspect
BRUSSELS — A street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday near the place where a suspect’s mobile phone had been found, raising the possibility that he aborted his mission, either ditching a malfunctioning vest — or fleeing in fear. The discover...
By Raf Casert and Elaine Ganley The Associated Press FULL STORY
Terror alert makes Brussels surreal for residents, tourists
BRUSSELS — Brussels is more accustomed to the toing and froing of European diplomats than to truckloads of soldiers patrolling the streets. Its stores and markets should be bustling in the runup to Christmas. But three days of the highest terror alert and unprecedented measures that have closed d...
By Maria Cheng The Associated Press FULL STORY
Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers
WASHINGTON — Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA’s supply chains. The unusual disclosure comes from Geneva-based Nestle SA itself, which in an act of self-policing announced...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mideast chaos, violence won’t end with IS defeat
WASHINGTON — The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and beyond. Why? The national structures and bound...
By Steven R. Hurst The Associated Press FULL STORY
Californian charged in golf cart crash that killed Canadians
INDIO — A Southern California woman has been charged with murder, animal cruelty and driving while impaired in a crash that killed two Canadian men and two dogs riding in a golf cart in a residential area. Angela Lavanty, 32, is charged with second-degree murder in Wednesday’s crash in unincorp...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hiker killed in avalanche in Sierra Nevada
INDEPENDENCE — Searchers have located the body of a missing graduate student killed in an avalanche in the Sierra Nevada. Inyo County Sheriff William Lutze says crews used sonar technology to find Michael David Meyers on Saturday in the John Muir Wilderness east of Fresno. Lutze says the 25-year...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Disneyland PeopleMover car sells at auction for $471,500
LOS ANGELES — A car from Disneyland’s long-running PeopleMover has sold at a Los Angeles auction for $471,500. The PeopleMover was an elevated tram that took visitors on a slow moving ride through the Tomorrowland attraction. It carried its first passengers in 1967 and ran until 1995. The buye...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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