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11/26/2014 12:27 PM
RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Move over, RG3. It's Colt vs. the Colts.



11/26/2014 12:10 PM
SEC schools have incentive beyond border conflicts

Alabama head coach Nick Saban tracks Alabama defensive backs Jarrick Williams (20) and Maurice Smith (21) as they work through drills during Alabama football practice, Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt ) MAGS OUT (ST. LOUIS (AP) — Here comes SEC rivalry week, with an exclamation point.



11/26/2014 12:09 PM
Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms

A sign advertising the price of gas towers over Interstate 80 in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The cheapest gas in half a decade is expected to entice more Americans to pile into cars, trucks and vans for their Thanksgiving journeys. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast.



11/26/2014 12:07 PM
UK brothers jailed for attending Syria terror camp

This undated photo issued by the Metropolitan Police shows Hamza Nawaz. British brothers 30-year-old Mohommod Nawaz and 24-year-old Hamza Nawaz have been jailed for conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria. On Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014, Mohommod Nawaz described as the instigator of the plan, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and his younger brother Hamza Nawaz was sentenced to three years in prison. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police)LONDON (AP) — Two British brothers have been jailed for conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria.



11/26/2014 12:06 PM
US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

Traders Richard Scardino, left, and Michael Smyth work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Stock indexes are holding near record levels as traders digest some mixed news on the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, keeping the major indexes near record levels, as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy.



11/26/2014 12:04 PM
US 30-year mortgage rates slip to 3.97 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates ticked down for the third straight week, a positive trend for potential homebuyers.

11/26/2014 12:25 PM
Central African rebels release several hostages
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Several hostages, including a Polish priest, have been released after being held by rebels in Central African Republic.

11/26/2014 11:56 AM
Syrian FM: Russia to boost relations with Assad
MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's foreign minister has met with Vladimir Putin and says the Russian president wants to expand relations with Syria's beleaguered president and improve cooperation between Moscow and Damascus.

11/26/2014 11:54 AM
Oil price to close some projects, will return to fair level - Russia
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Lower oil prices will close ineffective oil projects, decreasing output to support prices which will return to a "fair level", Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday. In Vienna, talks between Saudi Arabia, fellow OPEC member Venezuela and non-members Russia and Mexico yielded no agreement on Tuesday on how to address a growing oil glut, ending without any plan to cut output. OPEC meets on Thursday. Novak told reporters Russia would not postpone its Arctic projects. ...

11/26/2014 11:54 AM
Official: US commandos took part in Yemen raid

A student holds a banner with Arabic that reads, "we want ink and pens not bullets and rifles," to protest against the Shiite insurgency during a rally at the University of Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S. special operations forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a senior defense official said Wednesday, deepening the mystery surrounding a rare raid by American commandos in the country.



11/26/2014 11:53 AM
Rare Shakespeare Folio discovered in French town

The newly discovered Shakespeare's original first folio is seen in the Saint-Omer library, northern France, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The accidental discovery in the small library in northern France of an original first folio of the bard’s plays _ one of the rarest books in the world _ has sent jitters of excitement around the world of Shakespeare enthusiasts, especially those partial to the theory that the bard was a secret Catholic. The find brings the total of known folios in the world to 233, and is significant as each first folio can contain variations that shed light on Shakespeare’s intentions. Among the 900 pages of the most recent discovery are rare annotations that suggest it was used for performance. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)PARIS (AP) — The accidental discovery in a small library in northern France of an original first folio of Shakespeare's plays has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.



11/26/2014 11:45 AM
Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls
CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration says more than 462,000 people selected a health plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through HealthCare.gov.

11/26/2014 11:45 AM
Dispute over 9-point buck settled with coin flip
ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — A dispute over a nine-point buck in Wisconsin was settled with a coin flip.

11/26/2014 11:40 AM
Ginsburg gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked coronary artery but was expected to be back at work for the start of next week, court officials said.



11/26/2014 11:38 AM
US agency threatens to act against air bag maker
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against Takata Corp. for failing to admit that its driver's-side air bag inflators are defective and should be recalled nationwide.

11/26/2014 11:31 AM
NATO sees Russia ready for Ukraine incursion

U.S. European Command Commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip M. Breedlove speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia still has enough troops along Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, NATO's top commander said Wednesday, and Moscow is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine.



11/26/2014 11:31 AM
Cleveland to release video of boy shot by officer

Demonstrators block Public Square Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Cleveland, during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — City police plan to release the names of the two officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy, along with dispatch calls and a surveillance video that authorities say clearly shows what happened.



11/26/2014 11:30 AM
Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

President Barack Obama tries to quiet one of three hecklers as he addresses the crowd after meeting with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.



11/26/2014 11:25 AM
Russian suspected of spying resists leaving Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Russian journalist suspected of spying in Poland said Wednesday that he is fighting an attempt by Polish authorities to deport him.

11/26/2014 11:25 AM
Saudi, UAE signal no push for OPEC oil cut

File photo of Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister al-Naimi talking to journalists before a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in ViennaBy Alex Lawler, Amena Bakr and Rania El Gamal VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and fellow member the United Arab Emirates signaled on Wednesday they were unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the group's meeting this week to prop up prices that have sunk by a third since June. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected the oil market "to stabilize itself eventually", after talks with non-OPEC member Russia on Tuesday yielded no pledge from Moscow to tackle a global oil glut jointly. ...



11/26/2014 11:25 AM
Iran says OPEC agreement emerging after talks with Saudi
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said on Wednesday he had an "excellent" meeting with Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and that their positions were now "very close". "(There is) unity inside OPEC that we should monitor the market carefully and to react at the convenient time for managing the market," Zangeneh said when asked whether an agreement between members was emerging a day ahead of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. (Reporting by Alex Lawler, Editing by Dale Hudson)

11/26/2014 11:24 AM
Lack of coal may bring Ukraine to its knees this winter
By Nina Chestney and Barbara Lewis LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A shortage of coal, rather than gas, is likely to plunge Ukraine into freezing darkness this winter as conflict in its east seals off supplies that used to make it self sufficient. Kiev has said any hopes it had of Russian coal coming to the rescue were dashed when Moscow suspended exports. Ukraine has declared a state of emergency in its electricity market and blackouts are imminent unless it can import coal, analysts and industry officials say. ...

11/26/2014 11:24 AM
Russian Railways chief says coal trains to go to Ukraine now
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of state-controlled Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, said on Wednesday that 12 trains loaded with coal are scheduled to go to Ukraine "right away" after Kiev said Russia had suspended its coal exports to the country. Ukraine's energy minister said on Monday Russia had suspended coal supplies to Ukraine, a blow to domestic energy suppliers struggling with a severe lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east. The Russian government and customs officials have made no comment on the claims so far. ...

11/26/2014 11:24 AM
US consumer sentiment rises for 4th straight month

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, customers shop at the Century 21 Department Store in Philadelphia. Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November.



11/26/2014 11:21 AM
Eastern U.S. storm threatens to foil Thanksgiving travel
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A storm expected to blast the East Coast with rain and snow through Thursday morning is threatening to snarl traffic for millions and impede air travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico and is sweeping the northeast will bring rain to major cities, including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see as much as a foot of snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...

11/26/2014 11:19 AM
3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, shoppers enter a Best Buy as the store opens on Thanksgiving Day, in Overland Park, Kan. Despite positive economic signs, holiday shoppers will only spend if they get big discounts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.



11/26/2014 11:17 AM
US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

In this Oct. 28, 2014 photo, customers shop at a Century 21 Department Store in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for October on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, but the small uptick suggests that they're still wary of buying too much ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season.



11/26/2014 11:16 AM
Ferguson protesters across US peaceful, disruptive
People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.

11/26/2014 11:14 AM
South Asian leaders don't sign expected agreements

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks at his watch during the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit, the first since 2011, is meant as a forum to discuss regional issues, but is usually dominated by the rivalry between Pakistan and India. (AP Photo/Narendra Shrestha, Pool)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, discussed trade and energy cooperation and regional peace on Wednesday, but did not reach a consensus on expected transportation and energy agreements.



11/26/2014 11:14 AM
Saudis suggest no need for OPEC output cut

Iran's Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh talks to journalists as he arrives at a hotel for a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia suggested Wednesday there is no need for the cartel to cut its output ceiling despite a plunge in prices that has poorer members of the organization hurting.



11/26/2014 11:06 AM
Residents asking why city smells like cat urine
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Residents are hoping tests on air samples can explain why their western Pennsylvania city smells like cat urine.

11/26/2014 11:04 AM
US pending home sales slip in October

FILE - In a March 21, 2014 file photo, a home for sale stands in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for October, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers.



11/26/2014 11:01 AM
Lithuania may supply weapons as part of military aid to Ukraine: minister
VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania may supply weapons to Ukraine as part of military aid it promised to help Kiev fight pro-Russian separatists, the Lithuanian defense minister told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. NATO countries have so far been reluctant to arm non-member Ukraine against the well-equipped rebels in order to avoid provoking Russia, although the United States is providing Ukraine with non-lethal military equipment. Before a ceasefire came into effect on Sept. ...

11/26/2014 10:55 AM
Nigeria devalues currency amid falling oil price
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Central Bank of Nigeria says it has devalued of the naira, setting the new official exchange rate at 168 to the dollar from its previous rate of 155.

11/26/2014 10:54 AM
Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter by Mexican navy marines in Mexico City, Mexico. The normally bucolic, vacationer-laden Mexican state at the tip of Baja peninsula is now the scene of dozens of killings in what authorities call a power struggle resulting from the February arrest of international drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago.



11/26/2014 10:51 AM
Hiker photographed bear before it killed him

In this Sept. 21, 2014 photo taken by hiker Darsh Patel and provided by the West Milford Police Department, a bear approaches 22-year-old Patel in New Jersey's Apshawa Preserve. Patel was mauled to death by the bear shortly after the photo was taken. (AP Photo/Darsh Patel via West Milford Police Department)WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.



11/26/2014 10:50 AM
Russia's Putin holds talks with Syrian foreign minister
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Moualem were discussing "bilateral relations", declining further comment. Moualem's two-day visit to Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict, appears to be the latest move in a renewed diplomatic effort by Moscow to restart peace talks aimed at seeking a solution to the Syria crisis. ...

11/26/2014 10:46 AM
10 Things to Know for Today

In this Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 photo, an Iranian Jewish man lights candles at the at the tomb of Harav Oursharga, one of the holiest Jewish sites in Iran, in the city of Yazd 420 miles (676 kilometers) south of capital Tehran. More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimages like many others in the Islamic Republic until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



11/26/2014 10:45 AM
US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

11/26/2014 10:43 AM
See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity

In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, Shelah Barr of Happy Hounds Massage gives a massage to Dewie, 2, at the home of Laurie Ubben in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)PHOENIX (AP) — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.



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