• AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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    The United Stated and Cuba restored diplomatic relations after a break of more than five decades. Prisoners were exchanged, and Cubans on the island celebrated the surprise thaw. In Haiti, demonstrators clashed with police in the streets of Port-au-Prince, demanding the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly. A Nicaraguan woman awaits news about her missing son in the Caribbean port of Puerto Cabezas, after a lobster fishing boat capsized with more than 50 people onboard. Mexican relatives of 43 missing college students blocked the entrance to a military base to protest the army's alleged responsibility or failure to respond the night the young people disappeared.

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index added 2.4 percent to 3,185.12. South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,936.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.4 percent to 23,428.73. Japan's Nikkei 225 was unchanged at 17,621.66. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.6 percent to 5,424.90. Stocks in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also rose. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Our markets have opened firmer after the strong rebound in energy prices," said Tony Kwok, a sales trader in Sydney for CMC Markets. "O

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

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    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. North Korea has reacted angrily to Obama's comments blaming it for the hacking of Sony, warning of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea's propaganda machine during times of high tension with Washington.

  • Police: Man killed girlfriend, her 2 kids in Maine

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    GARLAND, Maine (AP) — A man was charged Sunday with killing his girlfriend and her two children, whose bodies were found in the mobile home they shared, state police said. Keith Coleman, of Garland, faces three counts of murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Christina Sargent, her 10-year-old son, Duwayne Coke, and her 8-year-old daughter, Destiny Sargent. Their bodies were discovered Saturday night by Penobscot County sheriff's deputies, who had been alerted by worried relatives. On a tip, deputies searching for Coleman found him Sunday afternoon at an apartment building in Bucksport where he was visiting friends. The minivan that Coleman had been driving and that police had sought was found parked outside the apartment.

  • Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

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    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A neighbor of the Baltimore woman who was shot by a man who killed two New York City Police officers says she heard screams coming from the apartment and saw the woman with a gunshot wound. Yevette Seay told The Associated Press on Sunday that she called 911 when her neighbor, 29-year-old Shaneka Thompson, banged on her door for help after being shot. Police say Thompson's ex-boyfriend, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot her in the stomach and then went to New York, where he gunned down two officers in a squad car. Thompson is at a Baltimore hospital in critical condition. Seay says she didn't know her neighbor and when she talked to her through her door, she told her she was calling the police and to hang in

  • Obama offers help to NYPD after 2 officers killed

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    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama offered full support and federal assistance on Sunday to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers the day before. Obama called New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to offer condolences from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing, the White House said. He also spoke to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is co-chairing a task force on 21st Century policing that Obama established in the wake of the shooting death of an unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In his call with the New York police chief, Obama said Americans must reject violence and instead turn to prayer and sympathy for the victims' relat

  • Police: Fugitive killed Florida officer

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    MIAMI (AP) — A fugitive trying to evade an arrest warrant shot a Tampa-area police officer and then ran him over early Sunday, killing the officer, police said. Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, crashed his car into a pole and another vehicle after running over Tarpon Springs officer Charles Kondek. Parilla was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. The shooting did not appear to have any connection to the ambush killings of two New York police officers a day earlier. Authorities said Kondek responded to a noise call around 2 a.m. at an apartment complex. Parilla was pounding on doors, looking for a neighbor who "dimed him out" to police, authorities said.

  • South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices. The finance ministry said Monday that Asia's fourth-largest economy will expand 3.8 percent in 2015. Six months ago, it forecast growth of 4.0 percent. It also lowered its forecast for this year to 3.4 percent growth from the previous forecast of 3.7 percent. In 2013, South Korea's economy expanded 3.0 percent.

  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

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    Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men were working out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as part of a special detail to help with crime reduction in the area. ___ RAFAEL RAMOS Ramos, who celebrated his 40th birthday this month, joined the NYPD in 2012 after working as a school security officer. He was a lifelong Brooklyn resident, living in the same Cypress Hills section where he had grown up.

  • QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof." Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar decision a year ago when he decided not to criminally charge Winston, citing a lack of evidence. This month, a two-day hearing was held to determine whether Winston violated four sections of the code of conduct — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment. The ramifications for Winston ranged from a reprimand to expulsion from

  • 7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game

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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after their game with Green Bay on Sunday, injuring seven people, officials and witnesses said. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said. The strike kicked up rocks and gravel and knocked a few people down when it hit around 4 p.m. "The boom came at the same time as the light did. It was like the speed of sound type thing. And it was loud. It scared the heck out of everybody," Packers fan Rudy Hynek said. "It was amazing nobody was killed." Bruce Kudick, of Sarasota, said the lightning appeared to hit the top of a car and "shattered the top" of it. "I never saw a strea

  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street and asked them to follow him on Instagram, then told them, "Watch what I'm going to do," Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

  • What's being said about killings of 2 NYC officers

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    Reaction to the deaths of two New York Police Department officers killed by a gunman who ambushed them in their squad car on a Brooklyn street: ___ "I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day — and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen. — President Barack Obama.

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. "I'm devastated," Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. "I have concerns about how to continue this farm that's been in the family for 150 years." Energy companies denied the chance to drill in New York can simply raise their rigs in other states. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in place.

  • Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night. In a videotaped interview with the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1z9vp1h ), Satanic Temple spokeswoman Jex Blackmore said her group doesn't worship Satan but does promote individuality, compassion and views that differ from Christian and conservative beliefs.

  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association in New York, said there was "blood on the hands" of demonstrators and elected officials who have criticized police tactics.

  • Comstock quits Tuscaloosa play on falling prices

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    MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A second oil company is stopping drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale because of falling oil prices. Comstock Resources, based in Frisco, Texas, said Thursday that it would stop drilling in the oil region, which straddles the state line between southwest Mississippi and Louisiana's Florida Parishes. "Comstock has released its rig in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale and will postpone its drilling activity there until oil prices improve," the company said in a news release discussing its 2015 exploration plans. Company officials said they also will shut down four rigs drilling for oil in the Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas, but will continue natural gas operations there.

  • How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

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    How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you're Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie "Top Five" this week, he noted an added bonus: "My movie's very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in 'Top Five.' If you're Korean, go out and see 'Top Five.' You will enjoy it." Given that the fallout over an unabashedly silly movie — "The Interview," which Sony shelved last week after a stunning cyberattack by hackers the U.S. has linked to North Korea — has escalated into a serious global situation, one would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish just now.

  • 'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

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    NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell. Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of "The Interview" and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth provided reliable refuge.

  • Mokrzycki, former AP polling director, dies at 52

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    WEST NEWBURY, Mass. (AP) — Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, has died. He was 52. Mokrzycki (pronounced mohr-ZIK'-ee) died Friday of an apparent heart attack at home in West Newbury, said Jill Gambon, his wife of 21 years. Mokrzycki worked for the AP for 24 years, starting as a reporter in Augusta, Maine, in 1985. He later became the founding director of the AP's polling unit. Following his work for AP, Mokrzycki started a survey research business, whose clients included NBC News, The Washington Post and Pew Research Center. In addition to his wife, Mokrzycki is survived by two teenage sons. A wake