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Blast at Japan's Yasukuni shrine for war dead, no injuries

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:51

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japanese war dead, said police, who suspect foul play. No one was injured.

Stars at American Music Awards have Paris on their minds

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:46

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's the American Music Awards, but guests had Paris on their minds.

Born with no voice & low odds, boy talks with new voice box

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:46

Grant Hasse was born with two very rare conditions — one that's usually fatal, the other that should have left him unable to talk.

The Latest: Mayor wants shooting witnesses to come forward

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:44
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here is the latest information on a shooting late Sunday in a New Orleans park (all times local):

Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:08

Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world. The Canadian singer sang Edith Piaf's classic "Hymne a l'Amour" ("Hymn to Love") in French at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles, which went ahead barely a week after the assault on a concert hall and other civilian targets across Paris. In front of a screen flashing images of Paris that culminated with the Eiffel Tower in the French flag's tricolor, Dion sang the song of lost love as some members of the audience were seen in tears.

1D wins big at AMAs, Dion pays tribute to Paris victims

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:06

One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the top award at Sunday's American Music Awards.

Miami beats No. 22 Butler 85-75 to win Puerto Rico Tipoff

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:05

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Angel Rodriguez stood on the court, wearing both a big smile and the flag of his native Puerto Rico around his shoulders as he celebrated with Miami teammates.

Catanzaro's field goal after penalty gives Arizona wild win

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:59

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The matchup between two of the best in the NFL lived up to the hype — with a bizarre twist at the end for good measure.

Report: Bahrain tortured detainees years after 2011 protests

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:56

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's security forces tortured detainees in the years after its 2011 protests, despite a government promise to stop such abuses in the island nation, according to a new report released Monday.

'Umbrella Soldiers' take seats in Hong Kong elections

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:50

Young supporters of Hong Kong's democracy movement, known as 'Umbrella Soldiers', took seats in the city's first vote since mass street protests -- but pro-Beijing forces dominated the polls in a key test of public sentiment. The spotlight was on Sunday's district elections to gauge whether support for the democracy movement could translate into votes. While a new generation of pro-democracy campaigners unexpectedly won a handful of seats, the balance of power remained largely the same, thanks to a better-funded and better organised pro-Beijing camp, analysts said.

Sofia Vergara, Joe Manganiello wed in Palm Beach ceremony

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:42

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actors Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello tied the knot on Sunday in a Palm Beach, Florida ceremony, according to a posting on Vergara's official Facebook page. The two have been a couple for about a year and a half, and were engaged last December on a vacation in Hawaii.

Myanmar mine landslide toll tops 100

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:38

Rescuers were searching for victims of a huge mine landslide in northern Myanmar Monday as the toll topped 100 in a disaster highlighting the perils of the country's secretive billion-dollar jade trade. The landslide is thought to be the deadliest in recent memory in the hard to reach and impoverished area, with the official toll reaching 104 according to the Global New Light of Myanmar. Myanmar is the source of virtually all of the world's finest jadeite, a near-translucent green stone that is enormously prized in neighbouring China, where it is known as the "stone of heaven".

Thompson leads Warriors to 15-0 start, over Nuggets 118-105

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:38

DENVER (AP) — Who's counting? The Golden State Warriors certainly are. The wins are piling up, and they're moving closer to NBA history.

'Kirchner era' ends with opposition win in Argentina

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:31

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President-elect Mauricio Macri's promises to revitalize Argentina's sagging economy with free-market reforms and improve strained relations with the United States resonated with voters, carrying him to a historic win that ended 12 years of often-conflictive rule by President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband.

Clinton proposes tax break for caregivers

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:30

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Pledging to invest in the "caring economy," Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a new tax break Sunday for people caring for aging parents and grandparents.

Sixteen people injured in New Orleans park shooting

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 00:02
A gunfight between two groups erupted on Sunday in a New Orleans park where hundreds of people were gathered for a block party and the filming of a music video, leaving 16 people wounded, police said. Circumstances surrounding the shooting in the city's Upper Ninth Ward, and details of what precipitated the violence, were not immediately clear, but New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble told Reuters no fatalities were reported.

Shares in Chinese brokerage slump as chief goes missing

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 23:59

Shares in Guotai Junan International dived Monday after the major Chinese brokerage said it could not find its Hong Kong chief, at a time when Beijing is targeting the financial sector in an anti-graft campaign. Shares in the Hong Kong-listed firm, a subsidiary of Guotai Junan Securities, dropped more than 15 percent at one point after the company said it had not been able to locate its chairman Yim Fung since Wednesday. "The company has been unable to reach Dr. Yim Fung, Chairman of the Board... since 18 November 2015," the company said in a statement filed to the stock exchange.

Opposition wins Argentine election, ending 'Kirchner era'

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 23:53

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri won Argentina's presidential election on Sunday, marking an end to the left-leaning and often-combative era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the country's political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract.

Virtual reality app brings crisis zones closer to home

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 23:44

Bombed-out buildings tower overhead, and rubble is piled high in the deserted streets of Syria's onetime economic hub Aleppo. "Welcome to Aleppo" is one of more than a dozen virtual reality videos available on a mobile app launched this month by Los Angeles-based media company RYOT. Users -- watching on a mobile device or wearing a virtual reality headset -- can shift their viewpoint at will -- looking up, down and even behind them to take in collapsing buildings and ruined streets by moving or tilting their device.

Asia stocks rise on momentum from Wall Street, ECB

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 23:41
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly rose Monday following Wall Street's strong gains last week and the chief European central banker's comment that the ECB will consider more stimulus.