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British banker can plea in HK murder case: Judge

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:41

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong judge on Monday deemed a British banker charged with murdering two Indonesian women fit to enter a plea in his case based on the results of psychiatric reports.

Cape Verde orders evacuation after Fogo volcano erupts

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:39
PRAIA (Reuters) - A volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted on Sunday morning, the prime minister said, calling for residents to evacuate. A photograph posted on the local RTC TV station website showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky, visible from the capital Praia on a neighbouring island. "Things could deteriorate in the coming moments, in the coming hours," Jose Maria Neves in a statement on the government website. "We've called on people to heed the authorities' instructions. ...

Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:33

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter's epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding.

Cowboys rally behind Romo, beat Giants 31-28

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:27

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — For awesomeness, Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch couldn't be topped.

Kenya says kills militants after bus ambush that killed 28

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:14

By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that killed 28 people, Deputy President William Ruto said on Sunday. Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday, when gunmen ordered passengers on the bus to recite Koran verses and shot dead non-Muslims - 19 men and nine women - who could not. ...

Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:13

DENVER (AP) — That's not mistletoe.

Transitional government appointed in Burkina Faso

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:10

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso authorities issued a decree on Sunday announcing an interim government, with President Michel Kafando and prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida also taking on the key ministries of foreign affairs and defence. Of the 26 posts available, the army claimed six, including mines, communications and the interior ministry. Other members were drawn from civil society groups and a medley of political parties. ...

Questions, answers about Detroit's bankruptcy

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:05
DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy is holding an important hearing, more than two weeks after approving the city's plan to step out of the largest public filing in U.S. history.

Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu: health ministry

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:05
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. "We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead," Ghaffar said. Two people died from bird flu in Egypt in the past week.

Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for run-off

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:03
By Tarek Amara and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, with the two major parties expecting a run-off as the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results were yet to be announced, but shortly after polls closed, the parties of two front-runners said initial tallies showed they had passed to a second round run-off next month. ...

US judge to sentence reputed drug-lord lieutenant

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:02
CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was to be sentenced Monday for his part in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and cities.

US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding toy gun

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:58

Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground, officials and reports said Sunday. The shooting in Ohio comes amid high racial tensions in the United States, with a grand jury set to announce whether a white policeman will be indicted for the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teenager in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson in Missouri. Ohio was also the scene of another fatal shooting in August, when police responding to a 911 call shot and killed a black man, John Crawford, in a Walmart store while he was carrying a toy gun sold there. The boy, identified by the county medical examiner's office as Tamir Rice, died early Sunday, local newspaper The Plain Dealer reported.

Afghan official: suicide attack toll at least 50

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:35
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a volleyball tournament has risen to at least 50, with more than 60 wounded.

One Direction, Taylor Swift shine at American Music Awards

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:33

Boy band One Direction took home top prizes at the American Music Awards as chart-topper Taylor Swift used the platform to deliver a staunch defense of traditional album buying. The American Music Awards focus on commercial success with fans voting for their favorites, in contrast to the older Grammy Awards in which music industry professionals select what they consider to be the year's top work. One Direction, the heartthrobs who have released albums every year since 2011, won the biggest prizes including Artist of the Year and Favorite Album with their latest work, "Midnight Memories". The British quintet flew into Los Angeles for the gala ceremony at the Nokia Theatre, where the young men thanked screaming fans for One Direction's success in the United States.

Some 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:23
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 30 horses died in a stable fire in suburban Chicago over the weekend, with distraught owners of the animals arriving Sunday to lay flowers at the site, a fire department official said.

New England Patriots rout Lions, new dad scores for daughter

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:20

Tom Brady sparked the New England Patriots to their seventh consecutive victory in a 34-9 rout of Detroit, while Indianapolis receiver T.Y. Hilton scored a touchdown for his newborn daughter. Brady completed 38-of-53 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against what had been the NFL's top-ranked defensive unit as the Patriots improved to 9-2, level for the league's best record after Arizona lost 19-3 at Seattle.

1 killed, dozens injured in California bus crash

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:08
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus ran off a Northern California freeway and overturned Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring 30 — six of them seriously, authorities said.

First lady attends Princeton women's hoops game

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:05
Michelle Obama spent Sunday night watching her niece play basketball for Princeton.

Protesters demand indictment of policeman in Ferguson shooting

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:00

More than 100 protesters marched through St Louis, stepping up pressure on a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old high school graduate planning to go to technical college, was shot at least six times by Darren Wilson in the suburb of Ferguson on August 9, inflaming racial tensions. Sunday's demonstration in the Shaw neighborhood of St Louis was the largest of five consecutive nights of protests as the city braces for a decision expected by the end of the month from a grand jury on whether Wilson should be prosecuted. "I would like to see an indictment because I think it actually helps the community for this person to go to trial," said theology PhD student Alex Giltner, 31.

Fort Sam Houston lockdown lifted; 1 in custody

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 23:54
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officials at Fort Sam Houston say they've taken into custody the driver of a suspicious vehicle that sparked a lockdown at the San Antonio Army base.