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Lawyer says Conyers verbally abused her, was inappropriate

WASHINGTON — A Washington lawyer says Rep. John Conyers verbally abused her and acted inappropriately when she worked for him on Capitol Hill in the 1990s.

Prison spokesman: Arkansas inmates take 2 guards hostage

TUCKER, Ark. — Two correctional officers at a maximum-security prison in central Arkansas were held hostage Friday by a pair of inmates, a prison system spokesman said.

Protest on Chicago's Michigan Avenue targets police conduct

CHICAGO — Activists gathered on Chicago's Michigan Avenue for a third consecutive year to protest against police misconduct and demand civilian oversight.

11 dead in hotel fire in Georgia's Black Sea resort

TBILISI, Georgia — A fire at a luxury hotel in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt, officials said Saturday.

Man badly bitten by shark off California beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Authorities say a spear fisherman was badly injured in a shark attack in California.

Celebrities reignite fight to free woman in prison for life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Celebrities have reignited the fight to free a Tennessee woman serving a life sentence for fatally shooting a man, saying she was a sex-trafficking victim wronged by the legal system.

The Latest: Time magazine says Trump's got it wrong

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Consumer watchdog head names a successor, and Trump does too

NEW YORK — The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resigned Friday and named his own successor, leading to an open conflict with President Donald Trump — who announced a different person as acting head of the agency…

Universities revoke journalism awards given to Charlie Rose

PHOENIX — Charlie Rose, who was fired this week by CBS News and whose program was canceled by PBS in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women, had accolades from two universities rescinded Friday.

Georgian Interior Ministry says 12 people have been killed in hotel fire in Black Sea resort of Batumi

TBILISI, Georgia — Georgian Interior Ministry says 12 people have been killed in hotel fire in Black Sea resort of Batumi.

7 arrested during mall protest in suburban St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — A protest forced a large suburban St. Louis shopping mall to close for an hour on the day after Thanksgiving, one of the year's busiest shopping days, and renewed concerns by protest leaders about how police…

Man charged with killing Texas trooper who had stopped him

DALLAS — The suspect in the shooting death of a state trooper during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop in East Texas was charged Friday with capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

'Die Hard' for jihadists? IS recruits with heroic tales

WASHINGTON — Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in "Die Hard."

US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration backtracked Friday on its decision to order the Palestinians' office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days.

The Latest: Funeral set for slain Texas state trooper

BRYAN, Texas — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper on Thanksgiving Day :

California mother, daughter killed in collision with bear

SAN ANDREAS, Calif. — Authorities say a woman and her 19-month-old daughter were killed when the car she was driving struck a black bear in Northern California on Thanksgiving evening.

US says Palestinian office in Washington can stay open with limitations, backtracking on vow to shutter it

WASHINGTON — US says Palestinian office in Washington can stay open with limitations, backtracking on vow to shutter it.

Giffords group asks web hosts to shut down 'ghost gun' sites

LOS ANGELES — A gun control group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords asked two web hosting companies on Friday to shut down websites selling parts and machines that help make untraceable homemade firearms known as "ghost guns."

The Latest: Macy's says it's fixed gift, credit card issue

NEW YORK — The Latest on Black Friday :

S African company pulling out of natural gas to liquid fuels

NEW ORLEANS — Low oil prices and a volatile market are prompting a South African energy and chemical company to drop plans for an $11 billion to $14 billion U.S. plant to convert natural gas to liquid fuels and…

University of South Dakota football player accused of rape

VERMILLION, S.D. — A University of South Dakota football player accused of attempted rape in an alleged attack in October is now facing a new charge.

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBook charts for week ending November 19, 2017 :

'He went into a burning plane to save us'

At first glance, John Meffert thought the small plane was too low in the sky.

Boom! Luxury converted nuclear missile silo lists on Airbnb

ESKRIDGE, Kan. — A Cold War-era missile silo in rural northeast Kansas that housed a nuclear warhead 65 years ago and was later converted into an underground mansion is now finding a new lease on life as an Airbnb…

US appeals court orders halt on natural gas pipeline in Ohio

CLEVELAND — A federal appellate court has issued an order that temporarily prevents a company from building an 8-mile stretch of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline through a northeast Ohio city.

Texas woman accused of mailing bombs to Obama, Abbott

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas woman is accused of sending homemade bombs to President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2016 that prosecutors say could have maimed or killed the two leaders.

Aircraft weight, air density cited in fatal '16 NY crash

ESPERANCE, N.Y. — Federal investigators say overloading and failure to account for thinner air were likely factors in the fatal crash of a single-engine aircraft in upstate New York in 2016.

Confederate Avenue evokes Old South, but may get new name

ATLANTA — A roadway in Atlanta serves as a concrete reminder to drivers, joggers and neighbors that Georgia once took up arms against the United States of America.

Deer hunting limited in Western US states after tough winter

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Hunting guide Mike Clark normally has more than 20 clients lined up each fall for trips deep into Wyoming's western wilderness to shoot mule deer, prized by hunters for their size and impressive antlers.

More energy gains lift US stocks after holiday break

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are rising Friday as retailers climb at the start of the post-Thanksgiving shopping period. Energy companies rose after Bloomberg reported that a group of key oil producers plans to extend their cuts in production…

Old, meet new: Drones, high-tech camera revamp archaeology

ENFIELD, N.H. — Scanning an empty field that once housed a Shaker village in New Hampshire, Jesse Casana had come in search of the foundations of stone buildings, long-forgotten roadways and other remnants of this community dating to the…

Missouri dismemberment suspect charged in California killing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who was arrested after sleeping in a Kansas storage unit with his two children and his dismembered wife's remains has been charged in a California killing.

Kosovo top opposition leader, 2 other lawmakers arrested

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo police on Friday arrested a top opposition leader and two other lawmakers accused of disrupting the work of the previous parliament with tear gas and violent acts. A court later ordered all three to be…

Flynn may be moving to cooperate with Mueller's Russia probe

WASHINGTON — In a move that could signal cooperation with the government, lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump's lawyers that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's…

Plan to change New England ocean stewardship up for debate

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is close to enacting new rules about New England ocean habitat that could mean dramatic changes for the way it manages the marine environment and fisheries.

Fact check: Man dissed by Trump has put felons in prison

The Alabama Democrat who was disparaged by President Donald Trump as "soft on crime" is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted church bombers and domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph. Here's a brief look at Jones' record and views on the subjects…

Miami's iconic offshore Stiltsville survived Hurricane Irma

MIAMI — Stiltsville, a stubborn relic of Miami's less-glitzy past as a sun-soaked outpost, has survived Hurricane Irma's brutal winds and waves, much to the surprise of the landmark's caretakers and fans.

Trump, Turkish leader discuss Syrian crisis in phone call

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump spoke Friday with Turkey's president "about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East" before hitting the links with Tiger Woods and pro golfer Dustin Johnson.

The Latest: Turkish president, Trump discuss Syria on call

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Markets Right Now: Energy, tech lead early stock gains

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Woman wants charge of killing twin in cliff crash dismissed

HONOLULU — A murder charge against a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister should be dismissed because prosecutors misled the grand jury that indicted her, a defense attorney said.

US appeals court agrees Jordanian woman faces threat at home

CINCINNATI — A recent U.S. appellate court ruling offers a window on "honor killings," an ancient practice across the globe that calls for defending a family's reputation by slaying female relatives who violate traditional taboos.

Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it

WASHINGTON — Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton's presidency, starting with a campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated…

Teacher accused of removing girl's hijab going back to work

BURKE, Va. — A Virginia teacher who was suspended after being accused of pulling off a student's hijab will be returning to work next week.

The 13 most bizarre lines in Donald Trump's Thanksgiving speech

President Donald Trump stopped by a local Coast Guard station in Florida on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. While there, he gave a speech extolling the virtues of the Coast Guard "brand" and talking about how everything is now better thanks…

The Latest: Mall of America says 2,500 people were in line

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Franken apologizes for making some women 'feel badly'

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Al Franken issued a Thanksgiving explanation and apology in the wake of four women alleging that he had touched them inappropriately, a message that ended with a promise to regain constituents' trust and suggested no…

Committees looking into Russian meddling not done yet

WASHINGTON — Some Republicans are hoping lawmakers will soon wrap up investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that have dragged on for most of the year. But with new details in the probe emerging almost daily, that…

AP source: Flynn breaks with Trump team on Mueller probe

WASHINGTON — In a move that could signal cooperation with the government, lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert…

This computer game comes thanks to 2 Supreme Court justices

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, has helped teach millions of students civics through computer games created by an organization she founded. Now, with a push from the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice, Sonia…