• Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

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    KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has reached the end of its "capacity to absorb" refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught. The United Arab Emirates meanwhile joined Saudi Arabia in saying that it was open to the idea of sending ground troops to Syria to battle the Islamic State group, raising the possibility of even greater foreign involvement in the five-year-old civil war. Turkish authorities say up to 35,000 Syrians have massed along the border, which remained closed for a third day on Sunday.

  • 'Kung Fu Panda 3' tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend. DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Joel and Ethan Coen's '50s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar!" opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million in North American theaters for Universal Pictures. The two other major new releases struggled. The Nicholas Sparks' romance "The Choice" debuted with $6.1 million for Lionsgate. Despite expectations of a No.

  • The Latest: Newton, Manning arrive at Super Bowl

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl Sunday from AP reporters covering the game, the telecast, the commercials and fans around the world (All times local): 1:12 p.m. Both teams have arrived at Levi's Stadium for the Super Bowl. MVP quarterback Cam Newton walked in decked out in his typical flashy style. He wore black pants, a black shirt with a bow tie and a black-and-white sports coat along with sparkly black loafers — with no socks, of course. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning arrived with a more traditional and conservative blue blazer with a white shirt, orange tie and gray pants. — Steve Reed reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 12:29 p.m.

  • Alicia Keys gives positive vibes at pre-Super Bowl show

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alicia Keys was energetic when she performed for a loud and excited audience at a pre-Super Bowl party, but she also got serious at the top of her show. Keys opened her performance Friday night at Levi's The City Stage with words about Mario Woods, the 26-year-old who was shot and killed in December by five San Francisco officers shot after they say he refused commands to drop an 8-inch knife. After acknowledging that she heard some of the protesters, Keys said: "I want to thank you for your commitment to make sure justice is done for Mario Woods." She added that "as the mother of two black sons, it breaks my heart to" to see young men gunned down. Police were responding to a stabbing report

  • Congo claims African Nations title, beats Mali 3-0

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    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Congo won the African Nations Championship title by convincingly beating Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda on Sunday. The Congolese claimed their second title after winning the inaugural tournament in 2009. The African Nations Championship is Africa's competition for home-based players. Mechak Elia scored twice for Congo, once in each half, and Jonathan Bolingi added a third in the 74th minute to seal victory for coach Florent Ibenge's team at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali. The young Mali team missed a series of good chances after starting strongly. Elia turned the game in Congo's favor with his fierce long-range strike in the 29th. He added a second in the 61st, skipping past Mali goalkeeper Dji

  • Christie, others hit final stretch in New Hampshire

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    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — It's less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn't need to win New Hampshire, anyway. From their movements and remarks on Sunday, you'd think New Hampshire is unimportant in the race for president. In fact, it's the nation's first primary and the next in a series of clues into what Americans want in their next president. But the field is still crowded, and the electorates that await the candidates in South Carolina and Nevada are markedly more diverse. So there are more tests to come for the candidates and the parties.

  • Clinton calls Flint water crisis 'immoral' in break from NH

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    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water. The Democratic presidential hopeful made a quick visit to Flint, Michigan, an unusual stop for a candidate trailing in polls against rival Bernie Sanders in the first primary state. Clinton hopes to use a narrower-than-expected loss in Tuesday's primary as a springboard into contests later this month in Nevada and South Carolina.

  • Gas prices drop 8 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.82

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    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.82 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price is 37 cents per gallon under its year-ago point. Lundberg says the price drop may continue if crude oil costs continue to slide. In the Lower 48 states, the highest average price of regular gasoline was $2.62 per gallon in Los Angeles. The lowest was $1.44 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. average diesel price is $2.13 per gallon, down about 7 cents from two weeks ago.

  • Sheriff: Texas teen kills mom, 2 neighbors, then himself

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    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Texas teenager killed his mother and two neighbors before killing himself. Uvalde County Sheriff Charlie Mendeke said Sunday that 19-year-old Dylan Westerburg gunned down his mother Friday in their home near Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. He then went and killed two brothers who lived next door. Mendeke says a witness saw Westerburg kill one of the brothers and called for help. When officers arrived they heard a final gunshot that investigators believe was Westerburg shooting himself inside the neighbors' home. Authorities surrounded the homes and began evacuating those nearby.

  • Here come the ads of Super Bowl 50 _ upbeat and safe

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Game on. On advertising's biggest night, Super Bowl ads are aiming for optimism. An Audi ad will show an aging astronaut getting reinvigorated by driving an Audi to the tune of David Bowie's "Starman." Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan will try to unit Americans with the "Bud Light Party." And Axe will tell teenagers to embrace their unique qualities and "Find Your Magic." The stakes are high, with more than 114 million people expected to tune into CBS as the Carolina Panthers duke it out with the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California. Forty-plus advertisers — including newcomers like Amazon and stalwarts like Anheuser-Busch — have taken a $5 million gamble for a 30-second chance to wow viewers.

  • At least 3 killed in fight at complex; bats, sticks used

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    MARIN CITY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say at least three people were killed after a fight broke out among a group of people wielding sticks and bats at a large apartment complex in Marin City, north of San Francisco. Marin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Doug Pittman tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://sfchron.cl/1mm6VT3 ) the fight broke out Sunday morning and that there may be more victims. Pittman says three people were confirmed dead. He says officers from multiple agencies are responding to the scene, which was not immediately secured.

  • 3 killed after brief police chase in San Francisco streets

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three people died in a fiery crash after a car fleeing authorities crashed into a taxi in San Francisco streets, officials said Sunday. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Vu Williams said the brief chase Saturday night began after an officer tried to pull over the driver of a white Chevrolet sedan seen rotating in circles in the middle of a neighborhood street. The car drove away and the officer gave chase but stopped the pursuit after the car began racing through red lights. Moments later the car crashed into a taxi and burst into flames, killing all three passengers, Williams said. Williams said the officer made a judgment call to end the pursuit because of the people out on the streets

  • Former Seattle IRS agent to face trial on bribery charge

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    SEATTLE (AP) — A former IRS agent in Seattle is set to face trial this week on accusations that he solicited and received a $20,000 bribe from a medical marijuana dispensary. Federal prosecutors say that after Paul G. Hurley audited Have A Heart Compassion Care in Seattle last year, he told its owner, Ryan Kunkel, that he owed $290,000 on his 2013 and 2014 taxes. But, they say, Hurley told Kunkel it could have been a lot worse: Hurley had saved him $1 million. As Kunkel described it, the IRS agent rubbed his fingers together and suggested that in return for the leniency, Kunkel should pay off his student loan debt over time, court documents allege. Kunkel said that sounded like a bad idea, but fearing his audit would be hel

  • Hamas kills a local commander for unnamed 'violations'

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, said Sunday that it has killed one of its own commanders over unnamed "moral and behavioral violations." Hamas said in a short Twitter statement that Mahmoud Eshtewi, a local member of the group's military wing, was killed after he confessed. It said the decision to kill Eshtewi, who was detained in January 2015, was taken by its "military and religious judiciary," a previously unheard-of department. Hamas seized the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to the Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007. During periods of fighting against Israel, Hamas has killed dozens of Palestinians it accused of spying.

  • Teacher placed on leave for alleged student relationship

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    HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A teacher at a college preparatory school has been placed on paid administrative leave following allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a high school student. The New Haven Register reports (http://cour.at/1oizWk4) Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries confirmed the teacher had been removed from Engineering and Science University Magnet School. He declined to name the teacher. Harries says the alleged relationship was reported by a student. He says the school district immediately contacted police. New Haven Public Schools said in a statement Thursday the teacher was removed from the classroom the previous day. ESUMS is a public school for both middle and high school student

  • Freeway opens with demolition of LA bridge ahead of schedule

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demolition crews brought down a portion of a famed downtown Los Angeles bridge sooner than expected, allowing for the early reopening Sunday of a section of U.S. 101 that was closed for much of the weekend. Traffic began flowing again on the freeway shortly after 10 a.m. — about four hours ahead of schedule, said Mary Nemick of the city Public Works Department. "Everything just went extremely well," she said about the weekend's work. "Great weather, no unforeseen problems, no problems with equipment." A 2.5-mile section of the freeway was closed Friday so crews could bring down 220 feet of the 6th Street Bridge. No major traffic tie-ups were reported.

  • Iraq says planned Baghdad wall not change demographics

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — A spokesman for Iraq's prime minister said Sunday that a security wall is being built around Baghdad but that it is "not politically motivated" or aimed at "achieving demographic change." Saad al-Hadithi spoke to The Associated Press after an earlier statement from the prime minister's office seemed to dismiss the idea entirely. "Baghdad is the capital for all Iraqis and it's not possible for a wall or a fence to isolate the city," the earlier statement said. The plan for the wall was originally drafted by the Interior Ministry as an effort to curb near-daily attacks carried out by the Islamic State group and cut down on checkpoints inside the city that snarl traffic. The Interior Ministry's spokesman,

  • 'Inside Out' sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 43rd annual Annie Awards were a joyous affair for "Inside Out." The Pixar release won the Annies' top honor and 10 awards altogether at the ceremony Saturday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Along with best animated feature, the film won best director for Peter Docter, best screenplay for Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, and outstanding achievement in voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who voiced Sadness. The wins further solidify "Inside Out" as the Oscar favorite. "The Good Dinosaur" gave Pixar an 11th Annie award for best animated effects in an animated movie. Another Academy Awards nominee, "The Revenant," earned outstanding character animation in a live production for its bear that mau

  • The Latest: Funeral held for victim of NYC crane collapse

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of a construction crane, which killed a pedestrian (all times local): 12:20 p.m. A funeral has been held for a man killed by a falling construction crane while he walked down a New York City street. Wall Street worker David Wichs (wihks) was praised for his good deeds during his funeral Sunday at a synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Wichs died Friday. He was a mathematics whiz who worked at a computerized-trading firm. Relatives have said Wichs was born in Prague, moved to the United States as a teenager and graduated from Harvard University. City officials say it could take weeks to determine why the crane came crashing down while it was being lowere

  • 4th patient infected during mold outbreak at hospital dies

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a western Pennsylvania hospital has died, officials said Sunday. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center confirmed the death of Che DuVall, a 70-year-old retired glass cutter who was diagnosed with the infection in September, a month after undergoing a double lung transplant. "We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, as well as to our doctors and nurses who have worked with great compassion and skill to care for him," UPMC spokeswoman Allison Hydzik said in a statement.