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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 …

Hong Kong tries to clear protest site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HONG KONG — An attempt by Hong Kong authorities to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in Mong Kok district spiraled into chaos Tuesday as hundreds more protesters flooded the crowded neighborhood, a flashpoint for earlier violent clashes …

Nuclear talks face obstacles even with time

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VIENNA — The United States and Iran say a new deadline in nuclear talks could allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran’s apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran’s capacity to make nuclear arms. Western …

Buffalo area dodges major flooding

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A wild nine-day stretch of weather that saw epic snow followed by springlike temperatures, high winds and flood fears came to a close Tuesday, and forecasters said the Buffalo area was in for an …

French warship not going to Russia

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PARIS — France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. French President Francois Hollande’s office …

Obama bestows top civilian honor on 18

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America’s highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites. The 18 notables who gathered in …

Grand jury won’t indict Mo. officer; protests over slain teen grow violent

Monday, November 24, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions …

Pentagon chief Hagel out under pressure

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said …

Iran nuclear talks extended to July

Monday, November 24, 2014

VIENNA — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to …

Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers

Monday, November 24, 2014

JERUSALEM — Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn’t do. A wrecking crew gutted her family’s apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind …

Police share video of officer shooting boy in Cleveland

Monday, November 24, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said …