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Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month.

UN concerned over escalation of violence in Libya

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The U.N. Secretary General has expressed deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Libya, including recent airstrikes on a military air base that until this week was Tripoli's only functioning airport.

Palestinian president against Jewish state bill

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state.

Moldova: 5 suspected of planning election violence

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Moldovan prosecutors are questioning five people suspected of planning violent protests after parliamentary elections this weekend, amid concerns that Russia may try to gain greater influence in the country.

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.

Image of Asia: Anniversary of Mumbai terror attack

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, Indian police officers guard the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station in Mumbai on the anniversary of the 2008 terror attack. The rampage by Pakistani gunmen at the train station and other locations in India's financial capital killed 166 people and shattered relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors. At a regional summit in Nepal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Today, as we remember the horror of the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008, we feel the endless pain of loss of lives. Let us work together to fulfil the pledge we have taken to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes."

3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

Campaigning under way in Liberia despite Ebola

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Campaigning is under way for Senate elections in Liberia, another sign that Ebola is loosening its deadly grip on the West African country even as it hits the capital of neighboring Sierra Leone with increasing force.

Egypt opens crossing to Gaza for 1st time in month

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Egyptian authorities temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home, officials said.

Passengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.

Broken elevator traps disabled Connecticut residents

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Disabled and other residents are trapped in their six-story building in Connecticut due to a broken elevator that may not be fixed for up to a month.

Owner of destroyed Massachusetts strip club sues

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The owner of a strip club destroyed in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts has sued the utility for $5 million.

Cleveland to release video of boy shot by officer

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Cleveland police planned to release surveillance video from an officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who turned out to be carrying a replica gun.

2 FBI agents shot, wounded in St. Louis area

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

An FBI spokeswoman says two special agents have been shot in St. Louis County, but the incident is not related to the Ferguson protests.

10 Things to Know for Today

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

IMF says Egypt's economy starting to recover

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

An International Monetary Fund official says that Egypt's economy has begun to recover after four years of slow activity.

Thomas Cook shares tumble as CEO quits

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Thomas Cook Chief Executive Harriet Green has stepped down in a surprise move that wiped off around a fifth of the market value from the U.K.-based travel operator.

Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in northeast China

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge.

Rebels attack house of Yemen leader, kill 7

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, setting off clashes that left six guards and a rebel dead, security officials and rebel media said.