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New sentencing for 'Bernie' mortician

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Texas' highest court has granted a new sentencing hearing for the mortician whose conviction for killing his longtime companion and storing her body in a freezer inspired the dark-comedy movie "Bernie."

Spanish judge rules no crime in killing Ebola dog

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A Spanish judge has ruled health authorities didn't commit a crime when they euthanized Excalibur, a dog that belonged to a nursing assistant who contracted Ebola last month.

Native Americans ask Buffalo, NY, to rename island

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Two Native American women have asked the city of Buffalo to rename Squaw Island because they say the term is antiquated and offensive.

Egypt court sentences 78 minors over protests

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

An Egyptian judicial official says a court has sentenced 78 minors to up to five years in prison over their participation in Islamist demonstrations.

Mexico's left faces problems as leader quits

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Mexico's left faces huge problems following the resignation of former presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a pillar of progressive politics and son of the revered president who nationalized the oil industry.

EPA chief unfazed by mercury limit court challenge

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is expressing confidence that the Supreme Court won't block its limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

UK brothers jailed for attending Syria terror camp

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Two British brothers were sent to prison Wednesday for conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria, becoming the first Britons jailed after returning from the war-torn country.

Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn a permit allowing a pro-hunting group to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby on public land in Idaho.

Central African rebels release several hostages

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Several hostages, including a Polish priest, were released Wednesday after being held by rebels in Central African Republic, officials and rebels said.

US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

U.S. stocks aren't moving much in midday trading as indexes remain near record levels.

Syrian FM: Russia to boost relations with Assad

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants closer ties with Syria's beleaguered president and tighter cooperation between Moscow and Damascus, Syria's foreign minister said Wednesday after meeting the Russian leader.

Ethics panel again defers to Justice on Rep. Grimm

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York won re-election this month, but he still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations, as well as a 20-count indictment on tax fraud and other charges.

Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast.

Mammoth skeleton sold for $300,000 at UK auction

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds (nearly $300,000) at a British auction.

British tabloid reporter cleared of bribery charge

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A journalist with Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun has been cleared of bribing a press officer for stories about government spending plans.

Prison theater transforms Colombian inmates

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A group of handcuffed female inmates file onto a dark stage as prison guards carrying assault rifles watch nervously from the sparsely filled seats of Colombia's National Theater. On the playbill is the Greek tragedy "Antigone."

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action if the company fails to admit that driver's side air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.

Body of Canadian found in Montana lake; 2 missing

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Authorities say the body of a Canadian man has been found in a northern Montana lake days after he and two other foreign visitors failed to return from a weekend fishing trip.

Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions — to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys.

Algeria: Army killed one of Frenchman's kidnappers

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Algeria's justice minister says the army killed one of the militants responsible for the beheading of a French hiker in September.