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Traffic crawls along Interstate 95 as sleet falls during the beginning of a snow storm in Danbury, Conn., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in the state, calling for snow during the day on Wednesday, changing to rain and snow Wednesday night with rain and snow showers possible on Thanksgiving day. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick)

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 Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them in the Northeast, during what is …

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 three times to put up his hands, they said. The city released a surveillance video …

Thousands of gun sales beat checks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. At no time of year is this problem …

Roads likely busier this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are …

Fla. State shooter well-liked but troubled

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him. Or, as Tallahassee Police Chief Michael …

Japanese police arrest suspected ‘black widow’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TOKYO — Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the …

1975 murder charges dismissed against 3

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he’s sorry his mother isn’t alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only …

California regents OK tuition hike over protest

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system’s governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the …

Israeli mayor bans Arab workers, igniting uproar

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JERUSALEM — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in …

Amnesty: Refugee crisis grows in Turkey

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ISTANBUL — With Turkey’s government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, according to an Amnesty …

Protesters, police clash in Mexico

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MEXICO CITY — Protesters marched in the capital Thursday to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico’s 1910-17 Revolution. Authorities canceled the traditional …

Buffalo snow onslaught not over

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …

Kurdish operation targets IS

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State group in areas of Iraq that the extremists had captured this past summer. The operation came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip …