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Updates: Black Friday from start to finish

NEW YORK (AP) — Before some people opened their eyes, Black Friday was already well underway. Read More

 

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Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago. More »

 

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

ST. LOUIS (AP) — During a quiet holiday night in Ferguson, a small group of protesters demonstrated inside St. Louis-area retail stores, speaking out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. More »

 

Rebels push forward in southern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power More »

 

Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses. More »

 

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border. More »

 

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant. More »

 

Energy revolution spells doom for German village

ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) — Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath. More »

 

Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics

ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well. More »

 

Sherman's big night leads Seattle past 49ers again

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — At midfield, Richard Sherman cradled a game ball in his right hand and took a chomp out of a turkey leg with his left. More »

 

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