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INSIDE KOBANI: Devastation mixed with optimism

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — 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 defenders. Read More

 

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BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators. More »

 

Ferguson protest closes huge St. Louis-area mall

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators temporarily shut down a large shopping mall in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest days of the year during Friday during one of several organized rallies to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. More »

 

Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve

NEW YORK (AP) — For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another. More »

 

Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said. More »

 

French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola. More »

 

Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said. More »

 

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties. More »

 

Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated

NEW YORK (AP) — Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL. More »

 

Oil plunge is threat and boon to global economies

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses. More »

 

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