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Florida al-Qaida commander was betrayed by 'mole,' Pakistan Taliban says

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ISLAMABAD -- The long saga of South Florida's leading al-Qaida figure has added another chapter nearly a year after his death in Pakistan.

The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that a former al-Qaida operative had confessed to leaking the whereabouts of Adnan El Shukrijumah, the onetime Miramar, Fla., resident who rose in al-Qaida's ranks ...Read more

Miami Facebook killer found guilty of second-degree murder

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MIAMI -- A Miami jury found Facebook killer Derek Medina guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday, a verdict that will send him to prison for a long time and finally end his 15 minutes of fame -- or rather, infamy.

Medina, whose attorney had argued that he shot his wife in self-defense in their South Miami townhome before posting photos of her ...Read more

Russia deploys missiles in Syria; pilot denies straying into Turkish airspace

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Russia ordered the deployment of sophisticated ground-to-air missiles in Syria on Wednesday, a day after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane that Ankara said had repeatedly violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.

The Kremlin also said it was moving the missile-carrying naval cruiser Moskva closer to the Syrian ...Read more

Consumer spending inches up in October as cautious Americans save more

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WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending inched up last month, rising at a rate well below expectations, as cautious Americans saved more of their growing incomes, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Personal consumption expenditures increased just 0.1 percent for the second straight month. Economists had expected a 0.3 percent increase.

The slow ...Read more

No 'credible' Thanksgiving terror threat, Obama says

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that national security officials see no evidence of a Thanksgiving terrorist attack in the United States, and he urged Americans to proceed with their holiday travel and revelry.

Less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 dead, Obama said it is "understandable" for ...Read more

Pa. Senate panel urges hearings on attorney general's removal

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Senate should move forward with hearings to determine whether to remove embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, a Senate committee announced Wednesday.

The seven-member bipartisan panel said Kane has been so hobbled by the suspension of her law license that she can no longer perform...Read more

US service members suspended for attack on Afghan hospital, could face court-martial

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WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that multiple service members were suspended from duty following an investigation into the deadly airstrike last month on a hospital in Kunduz.

Gen. Joseph Campbell said the Oct. 3 strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital, which killed 30 civilians and left 30 others wounded...Read more

New suspect sought in Paris attacks as Brussels lockdown eases

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Belgium issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in the Paris attacks as an unprecedented lockdown in Brussels slowly began to come to an end.

Authorities announced a manhunt for 30-year-old Mohamed Abrini, who was seen driving a car between Brussels and Paris with Salah Abdeslam two days before the shootings and bombings that killed 130 ...Read more

Russia: Turkish downing of jet 'looks like planned provocation'

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MOSCOW -- Turkey's downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber near the Syrian border "looks like a planned provocation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"We have serious doubts that it was unintentional," Lavrov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

The Russian warplane was shot down by Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday as it ...Read more

Analysis forecasts derailment every other year if oil train terminal is built

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WASHINGTON -- A proposal to build the largest oil train terminal in the Pacific Northwest could result in a derailment every two years and an oil spill from a derailment once every 12, according to a draft analysis by a Washington state agency.

The document, released Tuesday, indicates that most fire departments along the oil trains' rail route...Read more

Ejected fan sends University of Wisconsin police 20 dozen coconut doughnuts

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department received a strange, anonymous delivery of 20 dozen coconut doughnuts on Monday, the department posted on Facebook.

"We were confused. Nobody likes coconut doughnuts," public information officer Marc Lovicott wrote.

Two-hundred-forty doughnuts -- every one of them covered in coconut -- ...Read more

Traffic halted, but few arrests, as hundreds march in Chicago after video release

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Hundreds of protesters weaved through downtown streets Tuesday night into Wednesday morning after Chicago officials released the video of the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old teen by a Chicago police officer.

The march halted traffic for a few minutes on Interstate 290 in and out of the city, just east of the bridge over the Chicago River, ...Read more

Sweden overwhelmed by worsening housing crisis

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STOCKHOLM -- As a wintry chill settles over Sweden and the government struggles to find shelter for tens of thousands of refugees who have streamed across the border, the Nordic country's biggest construction company Skanska AB says the private sector should be brought in to help build infrastructure.

As many as 190,000 asylum seekers are ...Read more

Join a terrorist group, lose your citizenship

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Governments around the world seeking to strengthen their defenses against terrorism are threatening to revoke the citizenship of those joining the Islamic State or other militant groups training in the Middle East for global jihad.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday became the latest leader to call for stripping those defecting...Read more

Videos of police shootings don't always tell the full story, experts warn

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LOS ANGELES--The video, shot from the dashboard camera of a police cruiser, shows a black teenager walking down the middle of a Southwest Chicago street. Two police officers approach the 17-year-old from his left, guns drawn.

The teen stumbles and falls as he is hit by gunfire. But, Cook County prosecutors say, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van ...Read more

Rubio faces pressure from all sides over his views on immigration

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DENVER -- Immigration politics has long offered great promise but also threatened great peril for Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.

The heated fight over what to do about people in the country illegally poses a dilemma for the son of Cuban immigrants: How far can Rubio go in appealing to the party's core of conservative white voters ...Read more

A new data-mining technique to uncover New Hampshire influencers

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In recent weeks, as Ben Carson began to slip in national polls of the Republican presidential primary field, volunteers at New Day for America, the super PAC backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich, began calling Carson backers in New Hampshire who might be open to Kasich as a second or third choice. But these weren't just shots in the dark. They were ...Read more

LA's 'soft targets' draw more security in the wake of Paris attacks

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LOS ANGELES -- Counterterrorism efforts in Southern California have long focused on the region's distinct landmarks. Los Angeles International Airport, the intended target of a terrorist driving a vehicle filled with explosives in 2000. The U.S. Bank tower in downtown L.A., mentioned in al-Qaida documents as a possible 9/11 mark. And, of course,...Read more

How the rise of renewables brings a fix for climate ever closer

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LONDON -- United Nations climate talks set to begin in Paris next week promise to produce a landmark deal that has eluded diplomats for more than two decades.

All of the Group of 20 nations, including the biggest developing countries -- China, India and Brazil -- have prepared to limit emissions into the next decade. Plunging costs for wind and...Read more

Nuclear accord paves way for importing Persian rugs into US again

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LOS ANGELES -- The earthy smell of silk and wool fills a showroom piled waist-high with thousands of hand-woven rugs, some of them centuries old. It is a familiar scent, one that links this shop in L.A.'s Westwood neighborhood to Tehran's bazaars nearly 8,000 miles away.

Some of the carpets, dyed with natural ingredients such as walnut skins, ...Read more