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Police tape marks off the scene after authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. In the distance, police cars surround the suspect's vehicle parked near the Interstate 35 overpass. (AP Photo/Jim Vertuno)

Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

Friday, November 28, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — 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. Some of the targeted buildings are near the popular Sixth Street entertainment district, where bars close at 2 a.m., about the same time the shootings …

Pope calls for dialogue to counter extremists

Friday, November 28, 2014

BEIRUT — Pope Francis arrived in the Turkish capital Friday at the start of a three-day trip widely seen as an effort to build interreligious dialogue with Muslims and focus attention on the plight of Christians and other minorities in the war-ravaged Middle East. “Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the …

Public’s view of Michael Brown continues to evolve amid polarizing views of police

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW YORK — 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. Yet …

Protests over Brown grand jury decision temporarily close malls

Friday, November 28, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Demonstrators temporarily shut down two large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury’s recent decision not …

64 years later, woman battles to erase a McCarthy-era conviction

Friday, November 28, 2014

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It was the summer of 1950, and Miriam Moskowitz was being followed. The men stalked Moskowitz on the subway. They trailed her as she walked to the laundromat. They followed her on a date with her boss and secret lover, Abraham Brothman. They shadowed …

Parades, turkey mark Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. Here’s a look …

Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TORONTO — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomeshi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country’s vaunted public broadcaster. Ghomeshi, 47, was charged …

Novelist PD James dies

Thursday, November 27, 2014

LONDON — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died at 94, is best …

Taliban attacks rock Kabul

Thursday, November 27, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies …

Israel says Hamas cell was planning attacks

Thursday, November 27, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Thursday it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet said it arrested more than 30 Hamas militants who planned to kidnap Israelis and carry out …

With gifts, brute force, IS subdues Sunni tribes

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts — everything from cars to feed for their animals — while …

Thanksgiving travel ‘a little hairy’ across region

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested …

Cleveland cop shot boy seconds after encounter

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CLEVELAND — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster …