• Giving it away: A look at past decade's $1 billion donations

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to give away Facebook stock worth $45 billion puts him at the forefront of a philanthropic class that has promised to donate most of their fortunes. The elite list includes three men — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, stock market sage Warren Buffet and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison — who are wealthier than Zuckerberg, according to Forbes magazine's latest rankings. That trio and Zuckerberg are among the 138 wealthy individuals and families who have signed a "giving pledge" committing them to give away most of their fortunes in an attempt to fix society's problems.

  • US agency lowers safety rating of Thai aviation

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    BANGKOK (AP) — The United States has downgraded the safety rating of Thailand's aviation industry in a move that could hamper operations of Thai airlines worldwide. The Federal Aviation Administration announcement Tuesday comes after the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body which regulates international aviation standards, flagged significant concerns about Thailand's aviation safety in March. The FAA lowered Thailand's rating to "category 2" which means its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more critical areas or that the country lacks laws and regulations needed to oversee airlines in line with international standards. "Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organi

  • Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video's release, the Chicago mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras. But Emanuel's effort to keep the video secret and long wait to take action at the police department have stirred deep skepticism among those protesting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald's death. Many activists are especially incensed by the fact that the video of the October 2014 shooting first surfaced during a re-election campaign, when the mayor was seeking African-American votes.

  • Lawmaker: Planned Parenthood 'the real culprit' for violence

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    DENVER (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker from Denver blamed Planned Parenthood for a deadly shootout last week at a clinic in Colorado Springs. Rep. JoAnn Windholz wrote in a Facebook posting Monday that Planned Parenthood is "the real culprit" for violence. "Violence is never the answer, but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit," Windholz wrote. She called Planned Parenthood the "true instigator of this violence" because it provides abortions. "Violence begets violence," Windholz wrote, concluding with a plea to pray for women who get abortions and doctors who perform them. The lawmaker confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the posting is accurate but said she had nothing more t

  • Student posts $10,000 bail in Washington racial threats case

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    SEATTLE (AP) — A Western Washington University student posted $10,000 bail Tuesday evening after he was arrested on campus Monday and accused of making racial threats against black students and others on social media. Tysen Campbell, 19, has not been charged, but the Whatcom County prosecutor's office has scheduled an arraignment for Dec. 11. University officials say the sophomore who was a pole vaulter on the WWU track team has been suspended and banned from campus pending the outcome of legal proceedings and the university's student conduct process. Administrators canceled classes Nov.

  • AP Exclusive: On the set of MTV's 'The Shannara Chronicles'

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    KUMEU, New Zealand (AP) — MTV's new fantasy series "The Shannara Chronicles" is set in the future but features elves and gnomes and promises plenty of old-fashioned adventure. Best known for its reality shows, MTV hopes the new series will become its flagship scripted show after its Jan. 5 premiere. The network granted The Associated Press exclusive access during filming earlier this year in the town of Kumeu, in New Zealand's scenic wine country. Here's what some of the cast and crew said: — Poppy Drayton (who plays Ameberle Elessedil and whose previous credits include "Downton Abbey"): "Well in Downton I wasn't head-to-toe in leather, for one. It's a lot more action-packed.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:36 p.m. EST

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    Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding LE BOURGET, France (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that parts of the global warming deal being negotiated in Paris should be legally binding on the countries that sign on, setting up a potential fight with Republicans at home. Obama's stand won praise at the U.N. climate conference from those who want a strong agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas. But it could rile conservatives in Washington, especially if he tries to put the deal into effect without seeking congressional approval. The Obama administration has pledged during the international talks to reduce U.S. emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025.

  • UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and has demonstrated its intention to control more territory in the strategically located North African country — but it is only one player among multiple warring factions, United Nations experts said in a report Tuesday. The experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida and spinoff groups said in the report to the U.N. Security Council that the Islamic State group is benefiting from its "appeal" and notoriety in Iraq and Syria and poses "an evident short and long-term threat in Libya." The group's central command views Libya "as the 'best' opportunity to expand its so-called caliphate" from Syria and Iraq, the experts said.

  • 2 die in car that crashes with school bus carrying swim team

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    SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police say a car in southern New Jersey has collided head-on with a school bus carrying a high school swim team, killing the two people in the car. No students were seriously injured in the crash, which occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday at Pemberton and Ridge roads in Southampton Township. New Jersey State Police say the driver and passenger in a Volkswagen Passat died in the crash. Their identities were not immediately released. Police say 20 students from Lenape High School were on the bus. Eight students and one adult were taken to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly with minor injuries. Sgt. Joseph Little tells Philly.com the car was "traveling at a high rate of speed and may have b

  • Prosecutors lay out details in case against state auditor

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    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been on leave and has faced calls for his resignation since the government charged him with keeping millions of dollars that should have been refunded to customers of his old real-estate services business. But his attorney sought to undermine those allegations in court Tuesday with a simple notion: that the money wasn't stolen. In his first opportunity to cross-examine an investigator on the case, defense attorney Angelo Calfo hammered FBI Special Agent Michael Brown on whether anyone -- either homeowners or title and escrow companies -- was entitled to refunds of the fees paid to Kelley's former company, Post Closing Department.

  • Detroit-area priest who stole money gets 27 months in prison

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    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area Roman Catholic priest who said he "stained" his profession by embezzling more than $500,000 was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow rejected a light sentence sought by the Rev. Ed Belczak, but the punishment was shorter than the three years in prison recommended by prosecutors. The government said Belczak "took what he pleased" from St. Thomas More Church in Troy to buy a Florida condominium from his parish manager and invest in stocks. Much of the $573,000 came from a deceased parishioner's bequest to the church, which Belczak had led for nearly 30 years.

  • For gays under IS rule, isolation and fear of a cruel death

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    REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel. He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin. "I'd prefer it if you shoot me in the head," 32-year-old Hawas Mallah replied helplessly. The second man, 21-year-old Mohammed Salameh, pleaded for a chance to repent, promising never to have sex with a man again, according to a witness among the onlookers that sunny July morning who gave The Associated Press a rare first-hand accoun

  • Ex-wife says clinic suspect targeted Planned Parenthood

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An ex-wife of the man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood says he targeted the reproductive rights organization before. Barbara Mescher Michaux told NBC News that Robert Dear put glue in the locks of another Planned Parenthood clinic when they were married more than 20 years ago. Dear was arrested after the Friday attack. Officials said he gave a rambling statement that included the words "no more baby parts." But they have not released a motive for the shooting. Michaux divorced Dear in 1993 and alleged he had a violent temper. She told NBC that she is convinced Dear didn't start shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic by coincidence.

  • Ex-Connecticut mayor returns to office after prison stint

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    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The former mayor of Bridgeport, who spent seven years in federal prison for public corruption, was sworn in again on Tuesday as mayor of Connecticut's largest city. Joe Ganim's inaugural ceremony capped off a stunning political comeback. Just five years out of prison, he defeated incumbent Mayor Bill Finch in the Sept. 16 primary and then easily won the general election, defeating seven opponents. His campaign was fueled a wave of goodwill from voters who fondly remembered his years in office, from 1991 until 2003. On Tuesday, Ganim told the hundreds of onlookers who gathered for the ceremony that he planned to "bring Bridgeport back together.

  • Ex-death row inmate Mumia to get hearing over medical care

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    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') has been granted a federal court hearing in Pennsylvania over the medical care he's received for hepatitis C and other health problems. Mumia spent nearly 30 years on death row in the 1981 slaying of a Philadelphia police officer before the sentence was overturned. The former Black Panther is now serving a life sentence at a state prison in Schuylkill County. Mumia's lawyers say he was denied proper medical care both in prison and during a hospital stay this year at Geisinger Medical Center. But they say the issues stem from a medical dispute and not any indifference toward Mumia's well-being. U.S.

  • Flight attendant accused of attacks appears in court

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An American Airlines flight attendant accused of attacking fellow crew members and two U.S. air marshals during a trans-Atlantic flight made her first court appearance Tuesday, where attorneys argued over whether she should be held in custody or released to her family. Joanne Snow wore a black shirt, black slacks and shackles as she entered a federal courtroom in uptown Charlotte. She was flanked on her right by federal defender Elizabeth Blackwood. Snow appeared agitated, often speaking above a whisper to Blackwood to try to understand questions from U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer in the small courtroom. She occasionally spoke over Cayer as he explained the charges against her.

  • Detention hearing for arrested Secret Service man delayed

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    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A chickenpox outbreak has prompted a Delaware judge to cancel a detention hearing for a Secret Service officer charged with trying to solicit sex from an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The judge canceled Wednesday's scheduled hearing for Lee Robert Moore following the outbreak at the Philadelphia federal detention center, where Moore is being held. A prosecutor said he has been told that all inmates are quarantined. According to a recorded telephone message, the detention facility also has suspended inmate visits. Prosecutors say Moore sometimes engaged in online chats while on duty at the White House.

  • Illinois governor, legislators hold rare meeting on budget

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders held a rare sit-down meeting Tuesday on the elusive Illinois budget, a summit where perhaps the biggest breakthrough was an agreement to talk again — even as soon as next week. The Republican executive hosted the four leaders of the Democratic-led General Assembly during the meeting, which was originally suggested by good-government groups. It was partially televised to give the public a glimpse of the first time since May the top leaders had met in person to discuss the budget, which should have taken effect on July 1. Asked when he emerged from the private session what he considered progress, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said, "The fact tha

  • Dodgers great Newcombe 'fine' after fainting at stadium

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, baseball's first player to win rookie of the year, MVP and the Cy Young Award, was resting comfortably at home Tuesday after fainting at Dodger Stadium after welcoming Dave Roberts as the club's first minority manager. A team spokesman said Newcombe was "doing fine" and had returned home after being taken by ambulance to a hospital. In early July, Newcombe was hospitalized for two days after becoming ill at the stadium. After the introductory news conference ended, the 89-year-old special adviser to the chairman was greeted by Roberts, who grasped Newcombe's face in his hands and spoke to him. Newcombe remains a regular presence in his suit and fedora at the stadium. He has served as s

  • Second inmate dies in 3 weeks at California state prison

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    DELANO, Calif. (AP) — For the second time in three weeks, officials at a California state prison are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide. Larry Hite arrived at Kern Valley State Prison in October to serve a life sentence for a San Bernardino County murder. State corrections officials say the 59-year-old was found dead early Tuesday in his cell at the prison in Delano, north of Bakersfield. They say his cellmate is considered a suspect. In mid-November, 34-year-old Gustavo Vital was found dead in his cell at the same prison. He was serving more than 33 years for second-degree robbery from Los Angeles County. Correctional Lt. Marshall Denning, a prison spokesman, says there is no reason to believe t