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In this Nov. 27, 2014 photo, Lori Karn, of Harrisburg, heads for the door after shopping the Black Friday sale at Target in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn)  NO SALES

Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW YORK — 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 … 0

Inside Kobani: Devastation mixed with optimism

Friday, November 28, 2014

KOBANI, Syria — Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town’s Kurdish … 0

Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35

Friday, November 28, 2014

KANO, Nigeria — 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 … 0

Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain

Monday, November 24, 2014

SYDNEY — A 30-year-old Australian has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in … 0

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Monday, November 24, 2014

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with … 0

GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response on immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama’s order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully. Former … 0

Children made into militants

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s … 0

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

Friday, November 21, 2014

LONDON — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve … 0

Kids give first lady sarcastic ‘thanks’ on Twitter

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag (hash)ThanksMichelleObama … 0

Republicans look for an immigration response

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their … 0

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no … 0

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

Friday, November 21, 2014

VIENNA — Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal. … 0

Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor … 0