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November 26, 2015 - 9:29am
1 day 23 hours ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Obama administration tried to give a boost to the U.S. seafood industry by allowing marine aquaculture to expand into federal waters — yet not a single offshore farm is in operation since the first permit was issued nearly two years ago.

The pioneers of offshore aquaculture say their plans have stalled or been abandoned because of the long, extensive and expensive permitting process. One permit holder has spent $1 million and not seeded any mussels...

November 26, 2015 - 9:23am
1 day 23 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Barack Obama makes a case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he's been less clear about the death penalty.

Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he's refused to discuss what he might do.

A Justice Department review has dragged on for 18 months with little mention or momentum. The president recently said he's "deeply...

November 26, 2015 - 8:48am
1 day 1 hour ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Several hundred protesters again amassed on the streets of Chicago in response to the city's release of a squad-car video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.

Here's a look at what's happened so far and what's to come:



November 26, 2015 - 8:42am
1 day 6 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

A march protesting the videotaped slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer is planned Friday in the city's busiest shopping district on the busiest shopping day of the year.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the march will begin at 11 a.m. Friday.


November 26, 2015 - 7:12am
2 days 52 min ago

DUMFRIES, Va. (AP) — The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia is planning to close for three months at the start of 2016 to allow for the display of two new aircraft.

The museum plans to add a restored World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber and a Vietnam-era Sikorsky helicopter to its Leatherneck gallery.

To accommodate the aircraft installation, the museum will close its doors from Jan. 4 through March 31. The outdoor grounds, including...

November 26, 2015 - 6:21am
2 days 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is appealing anew for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity."

In his weekly radio address broadcast Thursday, Obama noted his commitment to accept an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

He said he's been touched by the generosity of the Americans who have offered to "open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality" of the Islamic State group....

November 26, 2015 - 3:53am
1 day 1 hour ago

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra is still a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific, but it is expected to weaken significantly before it reaches Mexico's mainland.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were 120 mph (195 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says rapid weakening is expected: Sandra is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm Friday night and become a remnant low on Saturday before it reaches the coast of Mexico's Sinaloa state....

November 26, 2015 - 3:02am
2 days 1 hour ago

Among the 130 victims killed in attacks in Paris were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. They had varied backgrounds and interests. Here are some of their stories:


Raphael Ruiz, 37, worked at a desk job, but his real love was being on stage with his guitar or studying licks firsthand at concerts. He died when terrorists attacked Bataclan music hall, where he was listening to a rock concert....

November 26, 2015 - 1:33am
2 days 1 hour ago

BOSTON (AP) — As Americans sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, they should give thanks to one of the original Pilgrims for their very existence.

John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver or Myles Standish, yet he probably had a greater impact.

And he almost never made it. Howland fell off the Mayflower during a gale and had to be pulled back aboard.

Howland married another Mayflower passenger and they had...

November 26, 2015 - 1:08am
1 day 22 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The giant balloons, floats and marching bands are making their way down Manhattan streets for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Security is heavy, with more than 2,500 officers stationed along the route. That's the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.

Crowds of onlookers are lining the parade route, which starts on the Upper West Side and ends in front of Macy's flagship store on 34th...

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