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Russian parliament to run competition for best rap song

UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

Bones found in family home ID’d as father missing for decades

The Latest: Sweden's FM lauds 'positive' Yemen peace talks

EU border agency says migrant arrivals in Spain on the rise

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Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

Trump’s 10 terrorists: The evolution of a statistic

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

Paris accord rulebook takes shape at UN climate talks

European Central Bank ends stimulus despite growth worries

Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis

Palestinian gunman opens fire near West Bank settlement, killing at least 2 Israelis; manhunt underway

Trump’s payment explanations shift as legal exposure grows

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

Former President Barack Obama has been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Right's Ripple of Hope Award in New York

WWF says Tanzania dam project could hurt key wetland

Conservation group says Tanzania's agreement to build a huge hydroelectric plant in the Selous Game Reserve risks damage to an important wetland

The Latest: Palestinian president condemns West Bank attack

EU court upholds German public broadcasting fee system

Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Sweden arrests 1 person suspected of preparing attack

Apple deepens Austin ties, expands operations east and west

AP source: Free agent reliever Familia set to return to Mets

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent reliever Jeurys Familia is set to rejoin the New York Mets with a $30 million, three-year contract

Amari Cooper's impact on Cowboys immeasurable

Nobody is questioning Jerry Jones anymore about trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper

Britain's top diplomat joins final day of Yemen peace talks

Britain's foreign secretary joins Yemen peace talks on final day in Sweden, along with UN secretary-general

3 people trapped in abandoned West Virginia mine found alive

Kayla Williams, Erica Treadway and Cody Beverly hadn't been seen since Saturday.

Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary

More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary

The Latest: UK PM May says she will leave by 2022 election

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will step down before the country holds its next scheduled national election in 2022

Boy, 11, changes last name from ‘Trump’ due to bullying

While his parents work on getting his name legally changed, the boy will be going by his father’s last name at school.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders after winning a no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative lawmakers unhappy with her Brexit plan

The Latest: China confirms holding 2 Canadians

China has confirmed it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of "endangering national security."

Fire destroys thousands of Congo voting machines in capital

Fire destroys thousands of Congo voting machines in capital, just 10 days before election

Poisoning claims, divorce spat in Arizona journalism saga

The owner of a small Arizona newspaper chain and his wife are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket

Branson's Virgin Galactic gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space

The Latest: 3 train workers detained over Turkey crash

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have detained three state railway agency employees suspected of negligence over a deadly train crash in the capital Ankara

Police confirm arrest of Chinese photographer, wife says

The wife of a prominent Chinese photographer who went missing more than a month ago says police have confirmed his arrest

Would-be burglar rescued after getting stuck in restaurant grease vent for 2 days

The sheriff’s office says the man was physically exhausted and suffering from dehydration. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

China has confirmed the detentions of two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way international dispute with the United States

Raptors rout Warriors 113-93 without Kawhi to complete sweep

Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start in routing the Warriors 113-93 to complete a season sweep

Senate to vote on aid to Yemen in wake of Khashoggi slaying

Senators are expected to vote on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

Turkish officials say a high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing nine people and injuring 84 others

US seeks to counter growing Chinese influence in Africa

Trump administration wants to see an increase in U.S. investment and trade in Africa as part of a new strategy aimed at countering China's growing influence on the continent

World shares advance following strong Wall Street finish

World shares advance after Wall St buoyed by report on possible China changes to development plan

Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

Pelosi appears to have sealed her return as House speaker by agreeing to limit her future tenure to no more than four years

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors.

National Enquirer publisher strikes deal with feds

A deal has been reached between prosecutors and the publisher of the National Enquirer as part of the Michael Cohen case.

Man buys 1-cent Whopper for $1,000

A California man's attempt to take advantage of a much-publicized Burger King promotion went very wrong.

Davis' 44 points, 18 rebounds, helps Pelicans top Thunder

Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night

Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors

Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto's blowout win over the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip

OMG: California regulators consider charge on text messaging

California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor.

Irving scores Boston's last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

Kyrie Irving scored Boston's last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards

Unbelievably advanced robot unbelievable for a reason after it winds up being guy in a suit

A robot shown off at a Russian technology forum turned out to be too good to be true.

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty says he spanked his 7-year-old daughter

Lamb's jumper helps Hornets beat Pistons 108-107 in wild win

Jeremy Lamb hit a 22-foot jumper from the right wing with 0.3 seconds left, and the Charlotte Hornets rallied from a late 10-point deficit for a wild 108-107 win over the Detroit Pistons

Pacers win 5th straight by pulling away from Bucks 113-97

Thaddeus Young had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Myles Turner added 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win _ 113-97 over Milwaukee

The Latest: Official IDs Canadian missing in China

An official familiar with the matter says the Canadian man missing in China and feared detained is entrepreneur Michael Spavor

Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

Charlie Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at winter meetings

Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoil

Mexican fans happy to have the Chicago Bulls in their homeland, even if they are struggling

In airline-business rarity, Air France picks a woman CEO

Air France promotes female executive to become its CEO, a rarity in the male-dominated airline business

87 more people sickened by salmonella linked with recalled beef

The CDC reports that 333 people in 28 states have been sickened by salmonella linked with recalled beef.

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

Authorities say three people missing since last weekend have been found alive in an underground coal mine in southern West Virginia

Malaysia's Proton launches 1st SUV with China's Geely

Malaysian national car maker Proton has launched its first SUV in a bid to turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

Authorities say a civilian contractor for the Hawaii Air National Guard who was participating in a military exercise survived after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu

A trade of Tanners: Nats send Roark to Reds for Rainey

The Washington Nationals have traded Tanner Roark to the Reds for another right-hander named Tanner, less proven Tanner Rainey

Non-profit group flies rescue dog from FL to veteran in TN for adoption

Pilots N Paws connects pilots and plane owners willing to transport animals up for adoption to new homes.

When future humans dig up our history, they’re going to find a lot of chicken bones

In the far future, when people go digging to understand this time in history, they will be struck by a “widespread and distinctive” signal of the chicken in the sedimentary record, according to a study published this week.

Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

Lyon clinched the final qualifying spot for the Champions League's knockout stage as Juventus, Manchester City and Bayern Munich secured top spot in their groups and likely an easier draw in the round of 16

5 charged with running massive movie piracy ring

A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted five men who allegedly ran a piracy ring that offered hundreds of stolen movies and TV shows online, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Godzilla" and "The Walking Dead."

The Latest: Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has all but ensured that she'll be elected House speaker in January by agreeing to limit how long she'd serve in the post to no more than four additional years

Weather agency chief: I've never briefed Trump on warming

The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says he has never talked about the issue with President Donald Trump

A look at the teams in the Champions League round of 16

A look at the 16 teams who have qualified for the Champions League knockout stage

Pelosi, foes clinch deal all but paving her way to speaker

Pelosi all but ensures she will become House speaker after agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years

AP Top 25 Podcast: Recruiting heats up with early signing

The early signing period begins next week, when most schools will secure the majority of their 2020 freshmen classes

‘Next year will be a year to fly’: Pence praises NASA’s work on returning US to moon, further exploring Mars

Vice President Mike Pence visited NASA’s Washington headquarters Wednesday and thanked the agency for their work on returning the U.S. to the moon and exploring Mars.

House, Senate reach agreement on anti-sexual harassment bill

House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations on Capitol Hill

Crews rescue man stuck in grease vent of empty restaurant

A man who was possibly trying to burglarize an abandoned Chinese restaurant has been rescued from the grease vent, where officials say he had been trapped for two days

United CEO: No more pilot training needed on new Boeing jet

United CEO says pilots don't need additional training on Boeing jet involved in Indonesian crash investigation

Goodell: NFL won't pay for video in domestic investigations

Commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL won't pay for video evidence in domestic cases, defends league's handling of investigations

Driver narrowly misses child while passing stopped school bus

The video shows a truck using the right-hand shoulder of a highway to get around a stopped bus. The child appeared on the bus just a moment after it passed through.

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid