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Cardinals' Peterson wins Madden Bowl over Eagles' McCoy

37 min 28 sec ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rain drenched the Madden Bowl party but didn't keep partygoers from being glued to the action on screens and mingling with the NFL stars in attendance.

Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight reportedly involved in deadly hit-and-run

38 min 5 sec ago

Los Angeles police say rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is a "person of interest" in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another person in the hospital. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Trina Schrader said Knight was a "person of interest" in the case but gave no other details. The co-founder of Death Row Records ran over two bystanders as he tried to flee a fight on a film set in the city of Compton in southern Los Angeles, Knight's attorney James Blatt told Entertainment Weekly. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Rouzan told AFP there was a fatal traffic collision at 2:55 pm (2255 GMT), leaving one man dead and another person in the hospital.


Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

42 min 2 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remained in limbo Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.


NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

42 min 26 sec ago
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California and technical problems.

Minnesota man pleads guilty to part in Gambia coup bid

43 min 25 sec ago
A Minnesota man pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges in connection with a deadly coup attempt in the tiny African nation of Gambia in late December. Papa Faal, 46, a former U.S. Army sergeant with ties to Gambia, was charged with conspiring to carry out a coup and a weapons violation. Faal, from the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, was accused in federal court in Minnesota of conspiring with Texas businessman Cherno Njie and others of trying to carry out a coup to make Njie interim leader of Gambia, a nation of about 1.8 million people surrounded on three sides by Senegal. Faal has not lived in Gambia for 23 years.

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

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African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola. While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent. Preparatory talks this week ahead of the two-day meeting at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital have seen promises by AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to drum up "collective African efforts" to tackle the Islamists. Late Thursday, the AU Peace and Security Council called for regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to deploy to stop the "horrendous" rise of the insurgents.


Egypt's IS affiliate claims Sinai attacks that killed 26

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EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.

35 years after boy Etan Patz vanished, murder trial to open

56 min 3 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker's name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.


Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

57 min 49 sec ago
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said. The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection. Although recently in an area where Ebola transmission is widespread, the person had no known contact with anyone who has had the disease, said Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Public Health Department. McCasland said she did not know precisely where or when the patient had traveled in West Africa, the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, or why the individual was there or for how long.

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months: official Twitter

58 min 38 sec ago
By Yusri Mohamed, Ali Abdelaty and Mostafa Hashem ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly in the past week. Egypt's government faces an Islamist insurgency based in Sinai and growing discontent with what critics perceive as heavy-handed security tactics. A series of tweets from the Sinai Province's Twitter account claimed responsibility for each of the four attacks that took place in North Sinai and Suez provinces within hours of one another on Thursday night. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt's most active militant group, changed its name to Sinai Province last year after swearing allegiance to Islamic State, the hardline Sunni militant group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, drawing U.S.-led airstrikes.

Powell scores 23 to lead UCLA past No. 11 Utah 69-59

1 hour 3 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In need of a signature win to bolster a sagging NCAA tournament resume, UCLA looked for leadership from its lone senior starter.


Lawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash

1 hour 12 min ago

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers, his lawyer said. Authorities said the incident was being investigated as a homicide.


Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

1 hour 19 min ago

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.


Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan

1 hour 24 min ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man.

Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings

1 hour 38 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 14 percent in aftermarket trading. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues.


AHL to relocate five professional ice hockey teams to California

1 hour 39 min ago

The American Hockey League says it will create a Pacific Division next season by relocating five professional ice hockey teams to California. It is one of the biggest seismic shifts ever in the geography of minor pro hockey in North America and it also highlights the growth of the sport in the state of California. "Relocating five teams is a complex process, and we are very excited to have brought this initiative to a successful outcome," said AHL president David Andrews. The five AHL teams are all affiliated with the parent National Hockey League clubs, comprising the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.


Texas executes killer who claimed mental impairment

1 hour 42 min ago

The state of Texas executed a convicted rapist-killer whose lawyers argued was severely mentally impaired, hours after the US Supreme Court refused last-minute appeals to spare him. Robert Ladd, who had an IQ of 67, was executed by lethal injection at 7:02 pm (0102 GMT Friday) in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, justice department spokesman Jason Clark said. Ladd's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to intervene because some mentally impaired death-row convicts have been spared. The case attracted considerable attention in part because Texas's top appeals court used what some saw as a bizarre benchmark to determine mental impairment.


Harrison twins lead No. 1 Kentucky to 69-53 win over Mizzou

2 hours 10 min ago

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The way his team rolled over Missouri when they met a couple weeks ago, Kentucky coach John Calipari anticipated the Tigers throwing a few haymakers in the rematch.


Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast

2 hours 16 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"


Rio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet cases

2 hours 19 min ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap.