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Oklahoma says its education waiver reinstated

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say the federal government will restore the state's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding.

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Nigeria's opposition condemns raid on their office
Posted: November 24, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A spokesman of Nigeria's main opposition party has condemned the State Security Service for raiding its Lagos office over the weekend.

Democrats name 3 finalists to host 2016 convention
Posted: November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities: Columbus in Ohio, New York and Philadelphia.

GOP wisdom shifts on immigration
Posted: November 24, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing.

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts
Posted: November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again.

Pope Francis meets Egyptian leader on Europe trip
Posted: November 24, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt's role in establishing peace in the Middle East.

TN Lottery
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — These Tennessee lotteries were drawn Monday:

Israel leader vows to pass nationality law
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister vowed Monday to pass a contentious nationality law that has threatened the stability of his fragile coalition government, but he left the door open for negotiations to soften it.

Oklahoma high school rocked by 3 rape allegations
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Allegations by three girls at an Oklahoma high school who say they were raped by the same male student have led to a police investigation and protests by students who say school officials have mishandled the case and subsequent bullying.

Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Getting over the river and through the woods could prove challenging for some Thanksgiving travelers.

Gunmen kill scores in northeastern Nigeria
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian senator says that gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect have killed scores of residents in Damasak in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state.

Police: 1 suspect confessed to killing 5 women
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a convicted sex offender has confessed to four California serial killings and says there was a fifth victim.

Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land.

Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday.

US condemns Gambia's anti-gay law
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia's president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

Obama meets with American winners of Nobel Prizes
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some smart minds came together in the Oval Office.

Iraqi troops take 2 towns from Islamic State group
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday.

Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea.

Media sue over records of fired UNC staffers
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A coalition of North Carolina news organizations sued the state's flagship public university Monday to force it to disclose the nine campus employees fired or disciplined for their roles in a scheme allowing fake classes and generous grades to persist for nearly two decades.

UNC apologizes to Duke for locker-room paint mess
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora has apologized to Duke's David Cutcliffe after his team's celebration following the Tar Heels victory against the Blue Devils left the visiting locker room damaged by spray paint. The school also says it will pay for the cleanup.

UK: 'Severe' terror threat requires new powers
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

LONDON (AP) — Britain faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, the interior minister said Monday, announcing measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms.

Japanese man gets back boat lost in 2011 tsunami
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese man has been reunited with a small boat that got swept away in the deadly 2011 tsunami and found three years later on a small atoll about 800 miles southwest of Hawaii.

Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Erdogan: women are not equal to men
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.

U.Va. frat leader sickened by rape allegation
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A fraternity leader at the University of Virginia said Monday that a female student's account of being gang-raped by seven men during a party made him "sick to my stomach."

FDA strengthens warning on device linked to cancer
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients.

Hall gets 2nd term as NC House minority leader
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Durham Rep. Larry D. Hall has been re-elected as minority leader of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

Man with rifle, ammo at White House pleads guilty
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa man arrested who had a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car near the White House has pleaded guilty.

Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm helped evictions
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company supplied the bulldozers that destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.

Swiss museum gets huge, priceless art trove
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:16 pm

BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum accepted a massive, priceless trove of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt on Monday, promising to work with Germany to make sure that any Nazi-looted pieces in it are returned to Jewish heirs.

Student held after Fort Sam Houston lockdown
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A college student has been detained after driving onto Fort Sam Houston over the weekend, causing a nearly four-hour lockdown.

Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown marries
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off weeks of ongoing protests, has gotten married.

US stocks inch further into record territory
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market moved slightly higher in early afternoon trading Monday, keeping major indexes at record levels. Renewed confidence that stimulus measures from global central banks will help spur economic growth is supporting demand for stocks.

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:16 pm

VIENNA (AP) — Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.

Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday.

Church members each get $500 to do good for world
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:16 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

Nike extends contract with USOC through 2020
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020.

Police: Pair stole deceased woman’s car
Posted: November 24, 2014

Two brothers from Old Fort have been charged with allegedly stealing a dead woman’s car, police said on Friday.

Man shot to death in Cumberland County
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Cumberland County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting death of a 76-year-old man at his home in the Cedar Creek community.

Judge: Confession can be used in missing boy trial
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect with a low IQ understood his rights when he told investigators two years ago that he choked a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979, a judge ruled Monday, allowing prosecutors to use the confession that appears to be their key evidence in a notorious missing children's case.

Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis is set to deliver his first public speech about Europe, focusing on complex continental issues such as high jobless rates among the young, and immigration.

US stocks inch further into record territory
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are higher in midday trading, keeping major indexes at record levels.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him.

Questions, answers about Detroit's bankruptcy
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit said Monday it needs more time to wrap up critical deals with creditors before it will be ready to officially emerge from bankruptcy.

US Steel to build new headquarters in Pittsburgh
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. has announced it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the NHL's Penguins' redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site.

Hagel: US on stronger course toward security
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration has put the Defense Department and the United States on a stronger course toward stability and security.

Hagel: 'Greatest privilege' of life was to lead, serve with men and women of the Defense Dept
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hagel: 'Greatest privilege' of life was to lead, serve with men and women of the Defense Dept.

Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree in Poland
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest.