• Court fight erupts over care of media mogul Sumner Redstone

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A legal battle that began Wednesday over medical care for ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone has produced dueling portraits of the billionaire's health and mental state. Redstone's former companion Manuela Herzer claims in a probate filing seeking to regain control of his care that Redstone can no longer make informed decisions and requires around-the-clock medical care. Her claims, however, were disputed by lawyers for the 92-year-old Redstone, who say he was evaluated by a doctor on Monday and found to be in good spirits and able to make decisions. Herzer and Redstone dated between 1999 and 2001 and have maintained a close relationship since then.

  • Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza. About two dozen protesters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office a day after authorities released a graphic squad-car video showing the officer firing an entire magazine into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Jason Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder. The group held banners showing photos of other black people fatally shot by police in Chicago and elsewhere. Several protesters said they were parents of black men kil

  • Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Costco officials say testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in the company's chicken salad that has sickened 19 people in seven states. Craig Wilson, Costco vice president of food safety and quality assurance, said Wednesday he was told by the Food and Drug Administration that the strain of E. coli seems to be connected to an onion and celery mix. Wilson says the company uses one supplier for those vegetables in the chicken salad sold in all its U.S. stores. He says one additional test is needed to confirm that the vegetables carried the same E. coli strain connected with the outbreak. Wilson identified the supplier as Taylor Farms in

  • As you get older, let your pet carry some of the load

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it. The movement to improve care for older pets has been going on for some time. But the idea of training pets to help out aging baby boomers is relatively new. Between 1946 and 1964, 76.4 million baby boomers were born. By this time next year, about a third of them will be between 65 and 70. Millennials will outnumber their predecessors, but boomers were the generation that made cats and dogs part of the family. Gayle Krigel of Kansas City, Missouri, just turned 65 and doesn't need help now, but she's training her dogs so that when the time comes, they'll be ready. She has two rescues, a very intelligent husky mix named Sh

  • Coal railroad plans on hold due to mine permitting delays

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Plans to build a $400 million railroad to haul coal from a proposed mine on the Montana-Wyoming border were put on indefinite hold Wednesday because of delays in obtaining a mining permit and a weakening coal market, officials said. The Tongue River Railroad Co. requested that the Surface Transportation Board suspend the permitting process for the 42-mile line that would run from the proposed Otter Creek Mine in Powder River Basin to Colstrip. From there, coal trains would connect with existing railways to U.S. markets and West Coast ports for export, according to the company's preferred route. The Tongue River Railroad Co. is jointly owned by BNSF Railway, Otter Creek mine owner Arch Coal Inc. and a li

  • Travelers take to the roads and the skies for Thanksgiving

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints. At the White House, President Barack Obama said there is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a plot against the U.S. and assured anxious Americans: "While the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm." "And that's something we can all be thankful for," he added as one of the biggest travel periods of the year got under way.

  • Student leader: Washington college unsafe for women of color

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    SEATTLE (AP) — The student body president of Western Washington University said Wednesday she has received death threats involving her race and no longer feels safe on the Bellingham campus. "These attacks have threatened my sense of safety," Belina Seare, a black woman, said during a news conference about the malicious comments made about her on social media. Seare compared the racist remarks to similar incidents at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and on campuses across the nation, including the University of Missouri. She brought her concerns to the university police and school officials. "I was told there was not much they could do," Seare said. "Due to the negligent response of campus police, I

  • AP News in Brief at 7:11 p.m. EST

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    Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey. The incident is the first time in half a century a NATO member shot down a Russian plane. If Russia responds by downing a Turkish plane, Turkey, a NATO member, could proclaim itself under attack and ask the alliance for military assistance. Most observers believe that while a direct military confrontation is unlikely, the shooting down of the plane will further fuel the Syrian conflict and complica

  • Woman reports 'dynamite' text; passenger removed from plane

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Four passengers were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore's international airport last week after a fellow passenger said she saw one of them receive a text with the word "dynamite" and the code for an airport in India, according to a police report. No such message was found by officers on the passenger's phone, First Sgt. Jonathan Green, spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said Wednesday. The incident report, obtained by The Associated Press through a Maryland Public Information Act request, details the events of Nov. 17, when Spirit Airlines Flight 969 to Chicago was taxiing to the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

  • Edwin Edwards hospitalized with pneumonia

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has been hospitalized. Edwards' wife, Trina, confirmed in a text message that the 88-year-old was admitted Wednesday to a hospital for pneumonia. She did not divulge where he's being treated. She says Edwards is being treated with antibiotics and is already feeling "much better." She told WDSU-TV (http://bit.ly/1N8mG6l ) that they're hoping to have him home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. In a Facebook post, Trina Edwards said her husband had developed a cough while they were out of town visiting friends. She says they take his health very seriously so they checked with his doctor on their way home and discovered the pneumonia.

  • Signed editions of Harper Lee novel offered for $1,500

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    NEW YORK (AP) — How much is a signed Harper Lee novel worth? Her publisher is offering a special edition of "Go Set a Watchman" for $1,500. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that 500 collector's editions are available — leather bound with gold foil stamping, inside a velvet-lined cloth box. HarperCollins told The Associated Press that Lee, 89 and in frail condition, signed the books during the past few months. Prices on eBay for signed Harper Lee books range from $1,000 for an anniversary edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird" to $15,000 for a signed and inscribed first edition of her Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

  • Rams WR Bailey has surgery after being shot in Florida

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stedman Bailey was in intensive care and in stable condition at a Miami area hospital Wednesday after undergoing a surgical procedure that the St. Louis Rams say lasted 4-6 hours for a bullet wound to the head. Coach Jeff Fisher said he didn't anticipate Bailey, who is eligible to return from a suspension in two weeks, would play again this season. But that in itself is good news. It likely made for a sobering atmosphere at Rams Park, although loud music was played during practice as usual to prepare the team to play at Cincinnati this week. "Whether you're a coach or you're a father or you're a family member, anytime something like that happens it's very, very difficult," Fisher said after practice.

  • Uncle: Girl who survived deadly home shooting doing OK

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The uncle of a 12-year-old Ohio girl wounded in a shooting that killed her parents and 7-year-old brother says she could be released from the hospital soon. Jason Lozier told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his niece was doing well two days after the shooting. Columbus police say a man shot Lozier's brother, John Anderson II, as well as Anderson's wife, Christina, and their son, Landon, at their Columbus home on Monday. The suspect, 50-year-old Barry Kirk, was shot by officers responding to the scene and later died. Lozier has said Kirk was a once-friendly neighbor who had some kind of argument with Anderson in recent months. Police have said all the victims suffered multiple gunshot

  • Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had "experienced firsthand" symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84. His widow, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC's "Today." The statement said that the family "made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury.

  • The Latest: Dozens of protesters march busy Chicago street

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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): 5:15 p.m. Dozens of protesters are marching in downtown Chicago, demanding justice for a black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer. The small crowd gathered Wednesday evening with chants of "indict, convict, send that killer cop to jail." The marchers disrupted traffic along the busy State Street shopping corridor. A handful confronted police officers, staring them down and shouting in their faces. Authorities on Tuesday charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. City officials released squad-c

  • At funeral for slain Minneapolis man, vow to seek justice

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several of the protesters. Impassioned speeches from pastors and Jamar Clark's relatives were occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause inside the cavernous Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Several relatives wore white T-shirts that read, "I matter," with Clark's picture on the back. Programs also adorned with a photo of Clark described the 24-year-old as a man who "liked to swim, fish, listen to music, play basketball, be with family and take

  • Alabama attorney in landmark libel case dies at age 91

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama attorney who was involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court libel case died Tuesday night in Montgomery. Merton "Rod" Roland Nachman, died at home at age 91 following a prolonged illness, said his daughter Amy Nachman. The elder Nachman represented Alabama officials in the 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan case. The case stemmed from an effort by authorities in Alabama to limit newspaper coverage of civil rights protests. The newspaper ran a full-page advertisement titled "Heed Their Rising Voices" in 1960 describing the treatment of civil rights demonstrators and appealing for donations to support leaders of the movement. Then Montgomery city police commissioner L.B.

  • Winds and high tides damage Alaska beach art installation

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Winds and high tides have seriously damaged most of an Anchorage public art installation that is focusing on mental health. The Alaska Dispatch News (http://is.gd/xHH93f) reports that fewer than a dozen statues remained standing Wednesday among 74 that were originally installed on rebar stakes along Point Woronzov. Lead project artist Sarah Davies said her volunteer team was assembling at the beach Wednesday to assess the damage and determine an action plan. Participants of the 100Stone project say the statues represent people dealing with emotional vulnerabilities, including trauma and mental illness. The figures are modeled from body casts and are made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap.

  • Estate of Malcolm X launches online store

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The family organization of Malcolm X has launched an online store, with items ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to the eventual availability of the late activist's speeches and other writings. The announcement for www.shopmalcolmx.com was made Wednesday by X Legacy, along with the estate's representatives, The North Star Group. Malcolm X's daughter Attallah Shabazz said in a statement that she and other family members had been moved by the "many at home and global citizens" inspired by his commitment to human rights and equality and looked forward "to sharing Malcolm as Malcolm via select products." Additional merchandise will go on sale Dec.

  • Court revives Oregon suit over 'phantom recall' of Motrin

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit over Johnson & Johnson's buyback of defective Motrin pills has been given new life by the Oregon Court of Appeals. Johnson & Johnson discovered in late 2008 that supplies of the painkiller manufactured in Puerto Rico failed to dissolve properly, an issue that could lessen effectiveness. Instead of notifying customers with a recall, the company hired a contractor to send secret shoppers out to buy the bad product from store shelves. The unique approach eventually came to light, prompting a congressional inquiry in 2010.