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  • UConn rebounds from loss with 96-60 over Creighton
  • STORRS, Conn. (AP) ? Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds on Sunday, as top-ranked UConn bounced back from its first loss in 48 games with a 96-60 rout of Creighton.

  • Obama: Americans want 'new car smell' in 2016
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State, speaks during her keynote remarks at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves summit, Friday Nov. 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) ? President Barack Obama says voters want a "new car smell" in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be "a great president."



  • Rhodes scholars for class of 2015 announced
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.

  • US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The U.S. and five other nations trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran are turning away from attempting to reach an agreement by deadline and have started internal discussions on extending the talks, diplomats said Sunday. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, pool)VIENNA (AP) ? The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline.



  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
  • FILE - In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference in Washington. Barry, who staged comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.



  • Anxieties mount as Ferguson awaits jury decision
  • FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) ? Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently needed more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge.

  • Bills have faced obstacles, but familiar with Jets
  • Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs through drills with running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley during an NFL football practice at the Detroit Lions training facility in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The Bills will use the facility in preparation for Monday's game against the Jets, which was moved to Detroit because of the snowstorm in Buffalo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) ? Buffalo coach Doug Marrone outlined some of the obstacles his team was facing while trying to prepare for its next game, which was moved to Detroit because of all the snow in western New York.



  • Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
  • A dump truck waits to dump snow that is being hauled from surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ? First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt.



  • Evacuations in Cape Verde after volcano erupts
  • LISBON, Portugal (AP) ? The government of the Cape Verde islands off West Africa says a volcano there has erupted for the first time in almost 20 years.

  • Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury's decision
  • Barricades block the entrance to the St. Louis County Police Headquarters in ClaytonBy Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer. It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement. ...



  • Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald out, ending streak
  • SEATTLE (AP) ? Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was inactive for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 110.

  • Health care M&A leads global deal surge
  • In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Merck scientist Janet Lineberger conducts research to discover new HIV drugs in West Point, Pa. The health care industry has announced about $438 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions worldwide so far, about 14 percent of the $3.2 trillion total for all industries, according to data provider Dealogic. Merck & Co. agreed in June to pay nearly $4 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. to combine that company's hepatitis C medicines with its own. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout.



  • Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens during in his Cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu called for a bill that would revoke residency rights for Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis. (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) ? In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel's Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.



  • U.S., Iran discussed possible extension of nuclear talks: official
  • VIENNA (Reuters) - With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers fast approaching, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed on Sunday a possible extension of the negotiations, a U.S. official said. "Our focus remains on taking steps forward toward an agreement, but it is only natural that just over 24 hours from the deadline we are discussing a range of options both internally and with our P5+1 partners (six powers)," a senior State Department official said on condition of anonymity. ...

  • Putin says he won't be Russia's president for life
  • FILE In this file photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare to toast with ambassadors in the Alexander Hall after a ceremony of presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia?s president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution no later than 2024. Staying beyond that would be ?detrimental for the country and I don?t need this,? he said in an interview with the Tass news agency released Sunday.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)MOSCOW (AP) ? Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released Sunday.



  • 'Hunger Games' gobbles up box office top spot
  • (L-R) Actor Liam Hemsworth, director Francis Lawrence, actors Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson attend the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" on November 17, 2014, in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles (AFP) - North American cinema-goers had plenty of appetite for the latest "Hunger Games" movie, with the sci-fi survival flick debuting in the weekend box office's top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.



  • Security stepped up ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision
  • Police barricades around the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, on November 23, 2014Police stepped up security and erected barricades in St. Louis on Sunday, bracing for the worst with a grand jury to decide whether to indict a white officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, 18, a high-school graduate planning to go to technical college, was shot at least six times by Darren Wilson in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9, inflaming racial tensions and sparking weeks of protests, some violent. Metal interlocking fences and orange plastic barricades sealed off the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, another suburb of the city of St. Louis and where the grand jury has been meeting, with a handful of uniformed officers on duty outside.



  • Twelve-year-old Cleveland boy dies after being shot by police
  • By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police after he waved and pointed a pellet gun at a Cleveland city recreation center died on Sunday from his injuries, officials said. The boy, who has not been identified, was shot in the abdomen by a city officer at a playground on the city's west side on Saturday, said Timothy Kucharski, an attorney for the boy's family. According to the recording of a 911 call, a witness at the Cudell Recreation Center park told the police dispatcher that he saw somebody with a pistol and he was pointing it at people. ...

  • FSU, 'Bama, Oregon, Miss St unchanged in AP poll
  • Florida State is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Alabama, Oregon and Mississippi State. The top four teams were unchanged for the first time since late September.

  • Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan
  • By Samiullah Paiwand GARDEZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final. He said most of the casualties were civilians. ...

  • No. 1 Florida State faces another test in Florida
  • Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, center, talks with his offense in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Florida State won 20-17. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) ? Top-ranked Florida State is not as dominant as the 2013 Seminoles that swarmed opponents en route to a national championship. Ten games have proven the 2014 roster is unlikely to mimic that record-breaking level of play, but these 'Noles have pushed through new tests almost on a weekly basis.



  • No easy 'plan B' for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse
  • U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian FM Zarif and EU envoy Ashton pose for photographers in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) - Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China's economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran's "plan B" hardly looks ideal. Talks between Iran and six powers, which include China and Russia as well as the United States and three big EU countries, are expected to fail to reach a deal to lift U.S. and EU sanctions by a deadline on Monday. ...



  • Iran, powers 'still far apart': Germany's Steinmeier
  • VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers are "still far apart on many issues" in negotiations on a deal over Tehran's nuclear program, Germany's foreign minister said on Sunday, hinting an extension of the talks may be needed. Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to Germany's ARD television a day before a Nov. 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement to end a 12-year dispute over Iran's atomic ambitions. "We are negotiating here with the ambition to reach an agreement," he said. ...

  • Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift set for 2014 AMAs
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2014 file photo, Iggy Azalea performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Azalea, from Australia, is the lead nominee at Sunday's American Music Awards. She will compete for top awards such as artist, new artist and single of the year for her smash hit, "Fancy." (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)Is this the American Music Awards or the Australian Music Awards?



  • US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding replica gun
  • A playground is seen at a school on September 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaPolice in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun, officials and reports said Sunday. One of the police officers was in his first year in the force, it said. A Cleveland police statement said: "Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands.



  • Marion Barry remembered for love of DC
  • Marion Barry, who served four terms as the mayor of the District of Columbia and served on the D.C. Council as the representative for the city's Ward 8 until his death Sunday at the age of 78, was remembered for his love for the city he served:

  • 'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million
  • In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)NEW YORK (AP) ? "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the previous installments of "The Hunger Games," but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.



  • Obama defends moves on immigration
  • President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, before traveling to Del Sol High School to speaks about the steps he will be taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) ? President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.



  • Kenya's deputy president condemns extremist attack
  • Kenyan security forces examine the scene, as bodies of some of the victims lie in a line on the ground, at the location of an attack on a bus about 50 kilometers (31 miles) outside the town of Mandera, near the Somali border in northeastern Kenya, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, attacked the bus in northern Kenya at dawn on Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan police said. (AP Photo)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? Kenya's deputy president Sunday denounced the killing of 28 bus passengers by Islamic extremists and said the nation's military responded by killing more than 100 militants in Somalia.



  • Man ID'd who lit house on fire, ambushed officers
  • This photo shows a home where authorities said a gunman set his house on fire and fatally shot the first deputy who arrived Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 in Tallahasse, Fla. Authorities say the gunman was killed by police. It was not immediately known whether anyone was in the house when it was set on fire. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) ? Officials have identified the man who was fatally shot after he set fire to his house and then waited for authorities so he could ambush them.



  • AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found
  • This image provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows the cover of an auction catalog, featuring several pages of what has become known as "The Joan Anderson Letter," some 16,000 Benzedrine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. The letter, Kerouac said shortly before his death, would have transformed his counterculture muse Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn't been lost. As it turns out, the letter wasn't lost, just misplaced, and it's scheduled to go on sale Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Profiles in History)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre ? 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.



  • Tunisians vote for first freely elected president of post-Ben Ali era
  • People queue outside a polling station during Tunisia's presidential election in SousseBy Tarek Amara and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More than three years since overthrowing Ben Ali's one-party rule, Tunisia has adopted a new constitution, and rival secularists and Islamist parties have largely avoided the turmoil that has plagued other Arab states swept by popular revolts. ...



  • Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians
  • An Indian flag is waved near Pope Francis at the end of the Canonization mass for Eufrasia Eluvathingal, Amato Ronconi, Antonio Farina, Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Nicola Saggio da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pope Francis has canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. The Pope offered prayers Sunday for the saints, four Italians from disparate regions and two Indians from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome. Some 5,000 faithful traveled from Kerala state for the event, which was also streamed live onto screens set up outside churches in the southern region of India. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square.



  • Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies
  • Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. ...



  • Nigeria: Dozens dead in suspected extremist attack
  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) ? An attack by Islamic extremists killed dozens in the northeastern Nigerian village of Doron Baga, a major fishing center on the shores of Lake Chad, witnesses said.

  • Tunisians hold landmark presidential election
  • Tunisian soldiers stand guard at a polling station in Marsa, outside Tunis, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) ? Tunisia took another step forward in its transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy.



  • Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'
  • U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reform during a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, NevadaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something. Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner's assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using executive powers to tackle the issue of the 11 million immigrants living in America without documents. "Well, my response is pass a bill," Obama said in the interview with ABC's "This Week" taped on Friday. ...



  • Pressure builds after Pacquiao win for Mayweather
  • WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S., left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MACAU (AP) ? Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn't care.



  • Suicide bomber kills at least 45 Afghans
  • Afghan children are treated at Paktika hospital after suicide attack in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of people, officials said. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said Mokhlis Afghan, the spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. (AP Photo)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country's deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said.



  • Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York
  • Sgt. Marshall Cashman with the 105th Military Police Company helps remove snow in South BuffaloBy Mark Blinch BUFFALO (Reuters) - Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Hundreds of members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. ...