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  • Moderate quake rattles Anchorage area

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moderate earthquake rattled south-central Alaska and was felt in Anchorage and other locations, but officials say there have been no reports of any problems. The U.S. Geological survey says the magnitude-4.8 temblor struck at 7:14 p.m. Friday and was centered about 100 miles northwest of Anchorage and about 60 miles beneath the earth's surface. The Alaska Earthquake Center says that though it was widely felt, it had no immediate reports of damage. The USGS website recorded responses from scores of people in the region reporting that they felt the quake.

  • UAE official visits Qatar in sign of mended ties

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    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A senior United Arab Emirates official has held talks with the Qatari emir in Doha in the highest level meeting between the two Gulf neighbors since a diplomatic spat erupted earlier this year. State news media in the two countries said Friday's meeting between Emirati Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani aimed to enhance ties. Sheikh Mohammed is crown prince of the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi. He plays an active role in the running of the country and is next in line to succeed his half-brother, Emirati President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is recovering from a stroke.

  • Spieth among 3rd-round leaders at Australian Open

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    SYDNEY (AP) — American Jordan Spieth shot a 2-under 69 to move into a three-way share of the lead at the Australian Open after Saturday's third round. Adam Scott stayed close while defending champion Rory McIlroy dropped five shots in two holes and shot 76. Spieth, second-round leader Greg Chalmers (71) and fellow Australian Brett Rumford (69) had three-round totals of 5-under 208 on a tough Australian Golf Club course and its swirling, unpredictable winds. Only eight players were under par. Scott shot 69 and was tied for fourth, a stroke behind the leading trio, along with Australian veteran Rod Pampling (69). McIlroy, who had a triple bogey on the ninth hole and a double-bogey on 10, was six strokes from the l

  • Venezuela gets ballet commemorating Chavez's life

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    CARACS, Venezuela (AP) — In life, Venezuela's exuberant leader Hugo Chavez often captivated supporters by bursting into song, even the occasional dance. Now that he's gone, supporters are turning to the musical arts to help immortalize him. A state-sponsored biographical ballet premieres on Saturday, with dozens of performers recounting Chavez's life, from humble roots, to failed coup, to international fame as leader of Venezuela's socialist revolution. The hour-long show, presented by Venezuela's National Dance Company, blends classic and contemporary choreography, and draws on a range of music including Venezuelan folk melodies, African rhythms and symphonic scores.

  • Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima

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    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse. Negotiators from more than 190 countries will meet in the Peruvian capital for two weeks to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. Getting all countries aboard will be a crucial test for the U.N. talks, which over two decades have failed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Pledges by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S.

  • Bahrain voters cast ballots in runoff election

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    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini voters are returning to the polls for a runoff election being boycotted by the opposition for the country's first new parliament since widespread Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago. Saturday's election follows a first-round vote last weekend and is for 34 seats in the 40-seat lower house of parliament where no candidate won a majority. Bahraini authorities say more than half of registered voters cast ballots last weekend, though leading Shiite opposition group al-Wefaq disputes that figure. It estimated turnout at closer to 30 percent. Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and is part of the U.S.-led coalition striking the Islamic State group.

  • Colorado Springs mom's invention could make a world of difference

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    Darla Skolnekovich's business ambitions are made of cardboard. Reinforced, waterproof, fire-resistant cardboard - the type that, Skolnekovich says, could make a difference in disaster-ridden areas around the world. The married Colorado Springs mother of two recently created the SadieShelter, a Lego-like hut named for her daughter that can quickly be constructed or taken down, while offering shelter and safety on the cheap. She recently established a crowd-funding website to build 200 of the structures with the intent of marketing them to nonprofit or human rights organizations tasked with offering emergency shelter in disaster situations. "That's our primary objective, to replace the crisis tent shelters that are curren

  • When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane

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    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — This was a pig that truly could not fly. The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal had become disruptive, Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways parent American Airlines, said Friday. The pig had been brought aboard the flight by a passenger as an emotional support animal, Masvidal said. She said both the pig and its owner left the aircraft before it took off. She had no other details and did not immediately know where the flight was headed. Jonathan Skolnik, a University of Massachusetts professor who was on the flight, said he initially thought the female passenger was carrying

  • For five decades, KAKE News anchor Larry Hatteberg stayed innovative, kind -- and close to home

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    He turned down an offer to work for a national network. It cost him buckets of money to do that, he says. Some of the country’s better photojournalists say he could have been a star. Instead, photojournalist and anchorman Larry Hatteberg retired on Tuesday from a 51-year career during which he never worked at any place other than KAKE News. Hatteberg got lucrative offers to work for ABC or much bigger stations in Dallas and elsewhere, said Fred Shook, a television news authority who has written textbooks about the industry. “He turned them down,” Shook said. “And I’d ask him: Why?” Hatteberg agonized over those decisions, wondering whether he was sabotaging his career.

  • Killing of Guatemalan hunter likely to go unsolved

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    ZACAPA, Guatemala (AP) — Jose Miguel Ramirez went hunting for iguanas on a melon farm, and paid for it with his life. The 19-year-old's body was dumped by a stream near the property line, a bullet hole above his left eye. What happened to Ramirez remains in dispute, though no one is pushing for answers any longer. The private security guards alleged to have killed him were never prosecuted. A witness who said he saw the shooting recanted. In a country that averages some 100 homicides a week, the killing barely drew headlines and public attention moved on.

  • NY dinner puts wealthy and homeless at same tables

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Some well-off Manhattan residents paid $100 Friday for the honor of eating a candlelit holiday dinner with homeless people at a church, an intersection of two worlds that left one down-on-his luck man thinking the seemingly impossible. "What if a love connection happened tonight between the haves and the have-nots?" 44-year-old Craig James said before guests arrived. James, who has been homeless since losing a security job four years ago, also volunteers at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, where the dinner occurred. The Rev. Edward Sunderland called the unusual mealtime gathering a "smashing success." He said he hopes it will become a nationwide trend. "When the food was passed we all became equa

  • French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea

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    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola. Guinean President Alpha Conde greeted his French counterpart at the airport and said that if Hollande could visit the country, then anybody could. "There is hope," said Hollande, "The hope of those who have been cured. The hope that we can control this epidemic ... The very fact that hope exists." But the French leader also warned that isolation "in a health crisis can become an economic crisis which can set off a political crisis.

  • Caltech president Marvin Goldberger dies at 92

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marvin L. Goldberger, a former president of the California Institute of Technology and a noted physicist, died Wednesday. He was 92. Caltech said Goldberger died of cancer in the La Jolla area of San Diego. Goldberger was Caltech's president from 1978 to 1987. During that time, Goldberger helped develop the first 10-meter telescope at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. It is one of the largest optical telescopes in the world. After leaving Caltech, Goldberger became director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He later was a physics professor at UCLA and UC San Diego.

  • Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

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    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said. One hundred and fifty others sustained various degrees of injury in the blasts in the city of Kano, State Deputy Police Commissioner Sanusi Lemu said. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. Witnesses said heavy smoke could be seen billowing in the sky from a long distance away. Immediately after the blasts, hundreds of angry youth took to the streets in riots, throwing stones, brandishing sticks and shouting at security officials. The palace of the Emir of Kano is near the central mosque.

  • A conversation with Mark Torline

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    Mark Torline left Wichita in 1979 with a marketing degree from Wichita State University. He returned last month as director of WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Along the way, Torline started and led Allegiance Capital, a Southern California-based fixed income investment firm that over 20 years grew into an enterprise with $15 million in revenue, 60 employees and $5.5 billion in assets under management. “We started in the mid ’80s … with what we thought was a good idea,” Torline, 58, said. “It’s no different than the concepts of what we see here (at WSU). You have an idea, your ideas go through the evolutionary process, you revise, you evolve, you raise capital. This was just a natural fit for me.

  • Iconic Mexican comedian 'Chespirito' dies at 85

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85. Known as "Chespirito" (chess-pee-REE-to), he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well as Mexico's other transcendent comedian who eventually made it to Hollywood, Cantinflas. His two most famous characters were "El Chavo del Ocho," who lived in the homes of Latin America and beyond with his barrel, freckles, striped shirt and frayed cap, and the naive superhero "El Chapulin Colorado," or "The Crimson Grasshopper.

  • Apple v. Samsung: Patent war reaches key appeals court

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    Apple had an eventful year in 2011. The first iPad was flying off the shelves, the company unveiled its new iPhone 4S, and founder Steve Jobs died. It also was the year Apple launched its worldwide courtroom blitzkrieg against archrival Samsung, accusing the South Korean tech giant of copying the secret ingredients from the iPhone and iPad for its smartphones and tablets. Now, nearly four years later, that legal offensive is about to hit arguably its most crucial stage. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

  • Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores' earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That might be hard to stomach for people worried about commercial encroachment on Thanksgiving. But it is good news for bargain-hunters who hate crowds. Whether it's good news for retailers remains to be seen. Sales estimates for the start of the holiday shopping season will start trickling out later in the weekend. Stores such as Wal-Mart and Target reported brisk Thanksgiving crowds.

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season didn't seem as frenzied as in past years after many die-hard shoppers swarmed stores the night before on Thanksgiving. Still, millions of Americans headed out in search of deals. In Colorado, the new retail marijuana industry joined in the discounting, as did a brewery in Milwaukee. The day wasn't all about deals, though. In some regions, shoppers ran into protesters who turned out after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Elsewhere, protesters once again called on Wal-Mart to pay its workers $15 an ho