• Chicago police arrest man in 9-year-old boy's fatal shooting

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say a 27-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting this month of a 9-year-old boy on the city's South Side. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-YEL'-mee) says Corey Morgan of Chicago is in custody Friday and that more information will be announced later in the day. The victim, Tyshawn Lee, was gunned down Nov. 2 in what police say was a targeted gang shooting. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has said the boy was lured into the alley and killed because of his father's gang ties.

  • The Latest: Russia to end visa-free travel deal with Turkey

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest developments regarding the war in Syria. All times local. 3:50 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow has decided to suspend visa-free travel with Turkey. Lavrov said Friday Turkey has been reluctant to share information with Moscow about it citizens accused of involvement in terrorist activities. The move comes amid a bitter spat between Moscow and Ankara over a Russian warplane downed by Turkey on Tuesday. Lavrov said the visa-free travel will be suspended starting from Jan. 1. ___ 2:35 p.m.

  • Polish cargo ship attacked off Nigeria; 5 abducted

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    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Armed attackers abducted five Polish seamen from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, Poland's government said Friday. Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said the five, including the captain and three officers, were abducted Thursday night from the ship Szafir. A further 11 crew members who barricaded themselves inside the ship were safe and in contact by phone, he said. The Polish EuroAfrica company, the ship owner, said the ship was "attacked by armed pirates from two boats, some 35 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast." The five crew members were "most probably abducted by the pirates" who left after having "ransacked the crew's cabins," EuroAfrica said.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:16 a.m. EST

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    France honors attack victims in city subdued by mourning A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to “destroy the army of fanatics” who claimed so many young lives. With each name and age read aloud inside the Invalides national monument, the toll gained new force. Most, as French President Francois Hollande noted, were under the age of 35, killed while enjoying a mild Friday night of music, food, drinks or sports. The youngest was 17. The oldest, 68. Throughout Paris, French flags fluttered in windows and on buses in uncharacteristic displays of patriotism in response to Pa

  • Pope calls slum conditions in Nairobi an injustice

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Visiting one of Nairobi's many shantytowns on Friday, Pope Francis denounced conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing. Residents of the Kangemi slum lined the mud streets to welcome Francis, standing alongside goats and hens outside the corrugated tin-roofed shacks where many of the shantytown's small businesses operate: beauty parlors, cellphone "top-up" shops and storefront evangelical churches. Those lucky enough to score a spot at St.

  • Ole Miss to demolish site where Faulkner wrote landmark book

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    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Sometime soon, the University of Mississippi plans to demolish a now-vacant 1908 power plant where William Faulkner wrote one of his most significant novels. Ole Miss is tearing down the Old Power Plant as part of a project to build a $135 million science building. Faulkner wrote "As I Lay Dying" while working as a night supervisor there in late 1929. The author later said he wrote the book atop an overturned wheelbarrow during slack times of his 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History have cleared plans to demolish the building, saying it has been so heavily altered that it lacks historic integrity. The university plans to build a space commemorat

  • Glitch causes bank customers to see billions in charges

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    HONOLULU (AP) — A technical glitch meant some First Hawaiian Bank customers logged on to their accounts to find that they appeared to be billions, or sometimes more than a trillion dollars in the red. KHON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ImxP2g ) that bank officials say the glitch was visible to customers who logged on to their accounts during a 20-minute window Wednesday. They say no actual customer information or balances were affected by the issue. Customers who logged in at that time saw outstanding balances of at least $710 billion. Kauai resident George White says when he saw the error all he could think was, "Well, my wife is going to kill me.

  • UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday. Despite gains made among adults and babies with HIV, the number of 10-to-19-year-olds dying from AIDS-related diseases has tripled since 2000, UNICEF said, launching the global data at a press conference in South Africa. "We've collectively dropped the ball in the second decade of childhood," said Craig McClure, the chief of UNICEF's HIV and AIDS division. Children born with the virus were dying in their teens because there was not enough tr

  • The Latest: Greece sees rebound in migrant crossings

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local: 4:05 p.m. Greece has seen a rebound in the number of crossings by migrants to its islands near the coast of Turkey despite growing difficulties in crossing the Balkans to reach central and northern Europe. The International Organization for Migration said Friday that the number of people crossing daily topped 5,000 on Wednesday after dropping to just 155 on Sunday. The surge comes despite ongoing protests at the Greek-Macedonian border. Hundreds of migrants are stranded there in worsening weather after Macedonia blocked access to citizens of countries that are not being fast-tracked for a

  • The Latest: Teachers to join march in Chicago's shopping hub

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    CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The Chicago Teachers Union is encouraging its members to join a march in Chicago's shopping district to protest the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer. CTU President Karen Lewis issued a statement urging members to express their "outrage and dignity" by participating in Friday's march on Michigan Avenue on a stretch called the Magnificent Mile. The 11 a.m. demonstration will be the latest in the city since Tuesday, when officials released dashcam video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and prosecutors charged Officer Jason

  • Indonesia says Australia forced back asylum seekers

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australian officials destroyed a boat carrying asylum seekers and then pushed them back to sea in another vessel, Indonesia said Friday. Foreign Office chief of multilateral affairs Hasan Kleib expressed concern that Australia took the action on its own. "We are concerned when some countries like Australia, rather than informing us or working with us, take unilateral action and push back boats," he said. Sixteen migrants from India, Nepal and Bangladesh and their Indonesian skipper were found stranded in Indonesia's part of Timor Island on Thursday. The skipper, who is being questioned by police, said he was paid 22 million rupiah ($1,600) to transport the migrants from Pelabuhan Ratu o

  • British foreign secretary meets Tunisian leader after attack

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    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary has met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, promising his nation's support after the third deadly attack this year in Tunisia claimed by the Islamic State group. Philip Hammond said Britain, which is already helping to boost Tunisia's security, also wants to support the country's economic reforms. He said that is essential as the North African country "grows its new democracy and shows the world it is possible ... for people to live harmoniously together." A dozen presidential guards were killed in an attack Tuesday on a bus they were in. Britain has paid a heavy price in earlier attacks, with 30 British among the 38 killed in June at a tourist resort near Souss

  • Art program gives Boston's homeless a place to create

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    BOSTON (AP) — In an elegant church in one of Boston's most chic shopping districts, homeless people from across the city gather once a week to express themselves in ways not possible when living on the streets. As winter approaches, attendance at Common Art increases, and as many as 100 homeless and low-income people paint, draw, knit, sew, make jewelry or engage in other crafts that allow them to boost their self-esteem and make a little cash. Chris Haubrich started coming to Common Art about 10 years ago when he was homeless and still comes regularly even though he now has an apartment. "This is the place that saved me," Haubrich said, dabbing at a colorful painting of a parrot. "This is my safety net.

  • Algerian military court convicts ex-counterespionage chief

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    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military tribunal has convicted the nation's long-time counterespionage chief of breaching orders and destroying documents and sentenced him to five years in prison. The verdict against Abdelkader Ait Ouarabi, best known as Gen. Hassan, fell late Thursday in a closed-door trial in the Mediterranean city of Oran. Grounds for the charges were not made public, though the Algerian press has reported accusations of arms possession and creating an armed organization. Hassan said Friday through an attorney, Mokrane Ait Larbi, that he plans to appeal the verdict. Hassan was forced to retire in 2013 after leading a two-decade war against Islamic extremists.

  • A Princeton plasma physicist goes to Trenton

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey physicist who teaches undergraduates and high-schoolers about re-creating the conditions at the center of the sun at a Princeton laboratory will be taking a seat in the state Legislature in 2016. Plasma physicist Andrew Zwicker heads the science education department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He will be heading to the Assembly as a Democratic member when the Legislature begins a new session in January. He's the first physicist in the legislature in New Jersey history dating back to 1920. Zwicker won a tight election against an incumbent Republican rival in a seat that includes Princeton and parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties.

  • Pope: land grabs a serious problem in Kenya

    Updated: 59 min ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday took aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country. In a speech on poverty at a church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Francis criticized "private developers" who he accused of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools. Mention of playgrounds likely was a reference to an incident in January when primary school kids at the Langata Road Primary School were tear gassed by police during a demonstration over the takeover of their playground.

  • The Latest: Pope Francis leaves Kenya bound for Uganda

    Updated: 59 min ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.) ___ 4.15 p.m. Pope Francis has left Kenya and is bound for Uganda, the second leg of his tour of three nations on his first visit of Africa. At the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi, he was welcomed by traditional dancers, some in Maasai dresses, children waving the Vatican flag and choirs. President Uhuru Kenyatta and other officials bid farewell to the pope, who arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday. Hundreds of people lined the roads leading to the airport to wave goodbye to Francis. During his stay in Kenya, he has spoken out about the environment, corruption, human rights and poverty — issue

  • Super Bowl of shopping starts

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    The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn't over yet. Early numbers aren't out yet on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving. But it's expected that more than three times the number of people who shopped on Thanksgiving will venture out to shop on the day after the holiday known as Black Friday. Sabrina Rajkumar, 36, a writer from New York, started shopping with her stepmom at Macy's at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving and was just wrapping up at 5:30 a.m. Friday. She found a $50 bedding set and a dress for her niece marked down to $25 from $74 and Godiva chocolates for $8. "I'm from New York and I've never done Black Friday before," she said. "We just wanted to experience the

  • Tens of thousands of students protest in Nepalese capital

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    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of students held hands, waved banners and chanted slogans in Nepal's capital Friday to protest against a border blockade that has caused severe shortages of fuel and an increase in food prices in the Himalayan country. The students lined the Ring Road which circles Kathmandu to demand an immediate lifting of the blockade. "Stop the blockade. Education is our right," chanted the students. Some held banners as they held hands in a human chain organized by various groups representing schools in Kathmandu. For weeks, members of the Madhesi ethnic community protesting Nepal's new constitution have blocked the main southern border point with India, preventing fuel and other es

  • The Latest: Black Friday

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Shoppers had a bit of a buying appetizer on Thanksgiving, but the question remains how much they'll feast on deals on the day after the holiday. Big chains that include Macy's, J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart and Target opened their doors on the holiday for those who wanted to get their post-turkey shop on. But the day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, is typically the biggest shopping day of the year. And for a decade, it had been considered the official start of the holiday buying season. Still, as retailers increasingly have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night, and the discounting that used to be reserved for Black Friday into early November, analysts have questioned whether Black Friday is losing its cache.