• Florida Gov. and staff used private email account

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Scott has previously said he used a Google email account to communicate with his family and not for state business. He also said that if ever he got an email dealing with state business he would forward it to his public email accounts. "If anybody sends me an email to my private account, I do the right thing," Scott said this past August. "I try not to use my personal email for anything.

  • UN: 12.2 million Syrians need humanitarian help

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday. But Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council that the delivery of aid from Turkey and Jordan to rebel-held areas in Syria without government approval has "made a difference." She urged the council to extend the authorization for cross-border aid which expires on Jan. 9. Amos painted a grim picture of the worsening situation in Syria: a 40 percent contraction in the economy since 2011, three-quarters of the population living in poverty, a 50 percent drop in school attendance, and 7.6 million people displac

  • Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing. Space station commander Butch Wilmore removed the small plastic creation from the printer Tuesday, a day after its manufacture. Some of the plastic piece stuck to the print tray, said NASA spokesman Dan Huot. He noted it's part of the learning process and will be further investigated. About 20 objects will be printed in the next few weeks, all for return to Earth for analysis, NASA said.

  • In Seattle, tofu turkeys get Thanksgiving pardons

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    SEATTLE (AP) — As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soybean-based roast Friday, The Seattle Times reported this week (http://bit.ly/1HEA5Uu ). Spokesman Jason Kelly says Murray posed with the tofu turkey at City Hall to draw attention to hunger in the community. It will be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank. Kelly acknowledged that Seattle's reputation in the rest of the country is "a little bit 'granola'" and that Murray was poking fun at himself. Communications director Jeff Reading said Tuesday that the mayor has no plan to pardon any of Seattle's urban turkeys "either the literal or figurative variety.

  • Pottsboro teen's video wins national library award

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    POTTSBORO — Most teens spend their time watching videos instead of making them – much less filming videos that win awards. One Pottsboro teen has done just that however, with a video about the Pottsboro Area Public Library no less. High school sophomore Deonte Sanseverino was recently named a recipient of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Maker Contest, marking the Pottsboro Area Public Library as a spot where creativity and energy come together to help the community build and create. Using film footage and snapshots he’d taken of the Lego races the Pottsboro Area Public Library held over the summer, Sanseverino combined these visual aids to create his award-winning video.

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia

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    PARIS (AP) — France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. French President Francois Hollande's office announced the suspension "until further notice" after growing pressure from allies due to tensions over Russia's actions in Ukraine. The decision exposes France to eventual fines for not fulfilling the contract. The Vladivostok, meant for delivery this month, is docked at the French port city of Saint Nazaire, where about 400 Russian sailors have spent months training aboard the vessel.

  • HP earnings show continued struggle

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead. CEO Meg Whitman has decided to split the pioneering Silicon Valley company in two. But she has said it will take a year to disengage the sluggish printer-and-PC division from units that sell commercial tech hardware, software and services, where Whitman believes there are more opportunities for growth. Meanwhile, the company reported Tuesday that its sales fell 2 percent in the most recent three-month period, marking its 12th revenue decline in the last 13 quarters. Profit was down 6 percent from a year ago. For the August-October f

  • Gunmen seize jewels and hostage in Paris heist

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    PARIS (AP) — Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage — and then surrendered, authorities said. The unusual drama in the French capital sent heads turning from the Champs-Elysees shopping district to the southern neighborhood where the gunmen holed up in a hair salon. Police cordoned off a large area during a nearly two-hour standoff, and a helicopter circled. Two armed assailants first targeted the jewelry boutique, then fled as police tried to stop them, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. They dragged a woman from the boutique at gunpoint, then let her go outside, said witness Julien R

  • Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98. Harman, who worked into his mid-90s at the hospital in Omaha after a brief illness, medical center spokesman Tom O'Connor said. Harman developed the "Free Radical Theory of Aging" in 1954, though it took years for additional research to prove its importance. The theory holds that one of the byproducts of oxygen utilization is adverse chemical reactions in cells, which results in aging and, ultimately, death.

  • Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers." Advertisers can post promotions and discounts in users' Twitter feeds, whether or not the users follow those merchants on the short-messaging service. To redeem an offer, customers enter their credit or debit card information. They then use the same card to redeem the promotion in a store. After they do, they will get cash back on their card. For now, the feature only works in the U.S. but Twitter could expand it to other countries. San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. says it will encrypt and store the credit card information but users can remove it any time. The company has slowly been branching out into shopping.

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  • Heirloom ring flushed; sewer workers retrieve it

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    CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) — It took sewer workers in southern Oregon a couple of days of looking, but they finally found a 1920 wedding ring a local woman lost in a church toilet. Pat Hanson of Central Point tells the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/1FpkJz4) it was her mother's ring, and she's been wearing it for about 25 years. Lately, Hanson says, she's lost weight due to a fall, and the ring slipped off when she used the restroom earlier this month. The regional sewer agency, Rogue Valley Sewer Services, sent out four workers, with two trucks and portable closed-circuit television cameras to inspect the line. Eventually workers came back to plug the pipe and vacuum out the line. Finally, a worker spotted t

  • Business Highlights

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    ___ US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3 WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world. The gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, expanded at a healthy 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That's a notable jump from its first estimate of 3.5 percent. The revision was propelled higher by more robust consumer and business spending. Together with a 4.6 percent surge in the spring, the country has recorded its biggest back-to-back quarterly

  • Sizing up what Apple's $700B market cap could buy

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies. Shares backtracked in the afternoon, closing down $1.03 at $117.60 — leaving Apple up 47 percent this year with a still-staggering market value of $690 billion. Exxon Mobil Corp. is a distant second with a market value of about $400 billion. The iPhone and iPad maker is worth so much that it stretches the imagination. Consider the buying power of $700 billion: — It could buy 935 million models of the iPhone 6 Plus with 16 gigabytes of storage. That would be nearly enough to distribute Apple's latest gadget du jour to everyone living in North America and Europe. Or you could j

  • Argentina president returns after illness

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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's president has made her first public appearance since being hospitalized more than three weeks ago for a bacterial infection of the colon. President Cristina Fernandez entered a Buenos Aires hospital Nov. 2 and has continued her recovery at the presidential palace since being discharged a week later. Fernandez spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Argentine construction chamber. Doctors say she suffered an inflammation of the sigmoid colon. It is the latest in a string of health issues for the 61-year-old leader, who has accumulated more than a month of convalescence this year for such conditions as sore throat, hip pain and a sprained ankle. Last year, surgeons removed a

  • Greece: HIV infections ease after spike

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis. In its annual report issued Tuesday, Greece's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Keelpno, said the number of new infections nationwide fell to 920 last year from 1,188 in 2012 — after a spike in cases among drug users eased, helped by more targeted prevention efforts. Greece has struggled to maintain support for various public health programs amid steep cuts imposed under austerity programs during successive international bailouts that started in 2010 — when the annual number of infections was 610. The highest number of new cases last year occurred amo

  • Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Sony Computer Entertainment America, the U.S.-based arm of the PlayStation business, over advertising claims that the government contended were misleading. As part of the proposed settlement, Sony will provide refunds to those who bought the PS Vita console before June 1, 2012. They'll be eligible for either a $25 cash or credit refund — or a $50 merchandise voucher from Sony. The company will contact consumers about the refunds or vouchers via email.

  • Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. The comments by the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, were among the sharpest from a foreign official as images of violent protests in Ferguson topped newscasts around the world. The protests came after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown. "The developments in Ferguson and other cities highlight serious challenges to the American society and its stability," Dolgov said in remarks broadcast by Russian sta

  • Schumer to Dems: Make government help workers

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more. At a Washington news conference, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said his party erred five years ago by putting health care reform ahead of jobs and economic priorities. The vast majority of Americans were relatively happy with their employer-provided health insurance in 2009, he said, and the health care overhaul's message was aimed at about 5 percent of the electorate: those who lacked insurance and who voted.

  • Conservationists sue over federal coal program

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change. The lawsuit from Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils is being paid for by the philanthropic foundation of Microsoft founder Paul Allen. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs in the case said there hasn't been a comprehensive review of the government's coal program since 1979. That was before climate-changing greenhouse gases produced by burning coal emerged as a significant public concern.