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Pope Francis meets with Muslims in Central African Republic

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 04:08 AM

Pope Francis ventured into a volatile Muslim neighborhood of Central African Republic's capital on Monday to bring his message of reconciliation to the city's main mosque, insisting that Christians and Muslims have long lived peacefully together here and that religion can never justify violence.

Bono, Clooney, Kardashian part of all-star campaign for AIDS

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 03:53 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments?

How about walk a red carpet with Meryl Streep or visit the set of "Game of Thrones"?

They are all possible: Bono is a launching an all-star campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" that can be won after donating at least $10 to his organization (RED), which raises funds to fight AIDS. The campaign kicks off Tuesday to coincide with World AIDS Day, which is Dec. 1.

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 03:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill for a two- to three-week sprint to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes.

It's an end-of-the year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like newly-installed House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea-party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates.

There are less than two weeks until a deadline to pass a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill to fund Cabinet agencies across the board and avoid a holiday season government shutdown.

Calendars show Clinton's availability to supporters

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 03:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press show that Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her office to dozens of Democratic Party fundraisers, political loyalists and corporate donors to her family's charity while she was secretary of state.

Clinton met nearly 100 donors, executives and political heavyweights. Many led organizations that lobbied or pursued interests with the Obama administration at the time.

Court appearance set for suspect in Colorado clinic shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 03:28 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is making his first appearance in court.

Fifty-seven-year-old Robert Lewis Dear is accused of killing three people, including a police officer, on Friday. The shootout lasted several hours and also left nine other people in the hospital.

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 03:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New cars that can steer and brake themselves may lull drivers into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal.

That was one surprising finding from Stanford University research that studied the behavior of students in a self-driving car simulator.

Thirteen of the 48 participants tasked with monitoring the car nodded off. But only three became drowsy when told to read or watch a movie.

Jurors set to return for deliberations in ex-coal CEO trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 03:01 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors are preparing to head back to court for deliberations in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

The jury is expected to hold its sixth full day of deliberations Monday. They haven't met since Tuesday because of Thanksgiving.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break safety laws and defrauding mine regulators at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, and lying to financial regulators and investors about safety. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

Fantasy sports companies weigh leaving US market _ for now

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 02:57 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports companies are taking different approaches when it comes to deciding what states they'll operate in as their industry faces increased scrutiny.

Many, including market leaders DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo, continue to offer their online contests in most states while steering clear of a handful where there are consensus local regulations effectively banning the games.

But there are a small but growing number of companies pulling out of U.S. markets or seriously considering it.

NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 01:13 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is beginning a new era in nutritional warnings this week: Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

The first-of-its-kind rule takes effect Tuesday. It will require a salt-shaker emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That's about a teaspoon.

The Board of Health approved the new warning in September. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett is expected to discuss it at a news conference Monday.

Kevorkian archive opens as physician-assisted deaths rise

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 01:10 AM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The personal and professional archive of Dr. Jack Kevorkian has been made public just as legislation supporting physician-assisted deaths makes gains in the U.S.

The digitized archive comprises nine boxes at the University of Michigan. The manuscripts, medical histories, photos, video and audio offer a varied glimpse into the life of a man who helped end about 130 ailing people's lives - and sparked a national right-to-die debate.

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