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Wal-Mart kicks off Cyber Monday on Friday

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — Cyber Monday is starting earlier and earlier. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it’s kicking off its so-called “Cyber Monday” deals at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday for the first time ever as it aims to grab customers ahead of its competitors. Last year, the world’s largest retailer pulled up the “Cyber … Continue reading Wal-Mart kicks off Cyber Monday on Friday

Obama: I’ll push back on Trump if needed to defend US ideals

LIMA, Peru (AP)(STL.News) — President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn’t intend to become his successor’s constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.” Offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama suggested once he was out of … Continue reading Obama: I’ll push back on Trump if needed to defend US ideals

Haiti’s presidential redo goes well; long vote count begins

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)(STL.News) — Haiti’s repeatedly derailed presidential election finally went off relatively smoothly Sunday as the troubled nation tries to get its shaky democracy on a firmer foundation after nearly a year of being led by a provisional government. Polls closed late in the afternoon, and election workers set to work on an archaic … Continue reading Haiti’s presidential redo goes well; long vote count begins

The Latest: San Antonio police seek ID of man in photo

SAN ANTONIO (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a San Antonio police officer (all times local): 7 p.m. The San Antonio Police Department has posted a photo of a man on its Facebook page, saying “he might have information on the murder” of Det. Benjamin Marconi. Police are asking for assistance in … Continue reading The Latest: San Antonio police seek ID of man in photo

Syrian government refuses UN truce terms for Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP)(STL.News) — The Syrian government refused the U.N. envoy’s latest proposal for a truce in Aleppo on Sunday, calling on insurgents to withdraw and saying it would not grant autonomy to the rebel-held east in exchange for calm. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said restoring government rule was a matter of “national sovereignty,” and that … Continue reading Syrian government refuses UN truce terms for Aleppo

Asia-Pacific summit closes with call to work for free trade

LIMA, Peru (AP)(STL.News) — Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum closed with a joint pledge to work toward a sweeping new … Continue reading Asia-Pacific summit closes with call to work for free trade

Trump, Pence address potential of Romney, Mattis in Cabinet

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP)(STL.News) — Mitt Romney is a key contender to become the nation’s next secretary of state and retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was an “impressive” prospect for defense secretary, President-elect Donald Trump and his No. 2, Mike Pence, said Sunday. “Gov. Romney is under active and serious consideration to serve as secretary … Continue reading Trump, Pence address potential of Romney, Mattis in Cabinet

WADA: World not convinced Russia’s doping culture has ended

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP)(STL.News) — Russian sport is a long way from convincing the world that it has cleaned up its act, the World Anti-Doping Agency declared Sunday, pointing to the state’s failure to accept it was behind a doping program, its continued obstruction of testing, and a series of cyberattacks. “It would be better if … Continue reading WADA: World not convinced Russia’s doping culture has ended

Germany’s Merkel will seek a fourth term, face populist tide

BERLIN (AP)(STL.News) — Angela Merkel, who has steered Germany through several global crises as its first female leader, said Sunday she will seek a fourth term as chancellor in elections next year, when she could find herself up against the anti-immigrant populist tide that has swept both Europe and the U.S. “I literally thought about … Continue reading Germany’s Merkel will seek a fourth term, face populist tide

The Latest: Trump family will move to WH when school ends

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 3:48 p.m. Donald Trump says his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, will move to the White House “right after he finishes school” next year. An aide to the president-elect had suggested earlier that the Trumps are reluctant to move their 10-year-old … Continue reading The Latest: Trump family will move to WH when school ends

Trump children’s roles blur line between transition, company

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — Nearly every morning since their father’s stunning victory on Election Day, three of Donald Trump’s grown children walk through the Trump Tower lobby and board an elevator. But are Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric going to the campaign office on the 5th floor? Their business offices on the 25th floor? The … Continue reading Trump children’s roles blur line between transition, company

Judge allows suit by ex-TV anchor fired after online remarks

PITTSBURGH (AP)(STL.News) — A federal judge has declined to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former Pittsburgh newscaster fired after her comments in a Facebook post about a shooting were deemed racially insensitive. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/2gxQq9e ) reports that the judge Friday denied an attempt by Hearst Stations Inc. to dismiss the lawsuit … Continue reading Judge allows suit by ex-TV anchor fired after online remarks

Kanye West rants about Beyoncé before cutting concert short

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)(STL.News) — Just days after telling fans that he would have voted for Donald Trump, Kanye West delivered another public screed Saturday night, this time about Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Sacramento, California, stop of his Saint Pablo Tour. Captured on video by concert goers, West told the audience he heard Beyoncé … Continue reading Kanye West rants about Beyoncé before cutting concert short

‘Fantastic Beasts’ spins magic, ‘Billy Lynn’s’ tanks

LOS ANGELES (AP)(STL.News) — Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” cast a spell over audiences in its debut, summoning $75 million according to studio estimates Sunday and unseating “Doctor Strange” from the top spot. Starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Harry Potter alum David Yates, “Fantastic Beasts,” a Warner Bros. release, … Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts’ spins magic, ‘Billy Lynn’s’ tanks

The Latest: Obama assures Australian premier of ‘continuity’

LIMA, Peru (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President Barack Obama’s final official foreign trip (all times local): 2:37 p.m. President Barack Obama is assuring Australia’s prime minister that the relationship between their two countries “transcends party politics.” Obama met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in … Continue reading The Latest: Obama assures Australian premier of ‘continuity’

Gas prices dip to US average of $2.20 per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP)(STL.News) — Gas prices – the average price of regular grade gasoline has fallen nationally to $2.20 per gallon, a drop of 6 cents over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg updated the figures Sunday, predicting that prices would continue inching down unless a meeting of oil-producing nations later this month … Continue reading Gas prices dip to US average of $2.20 per gallon

Iraqi forces dig in as Mosul battle rages

MOSUL, Iraq (AP)(STL.News) — Iraqi troops on Sunday fortified their positions in Mosul neighborhoods retaken from the Islamic State group as their advance toward the city center was slowed by sniper fire and suicide bombings, as well as concern over the safety of civilians. “The biggest hindrance to us is the civilians, whose presence is … Continue reading Iraqi forces dig in as Mosul battle rages

Trump again slams ‘Hamilton’; Pence says he wasn’t offended

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — President-elect Donald Trump, in the midst of choosing his Cabinet, took time out Sunday for a second day to criticize the cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and demand an apology for a message an actor delivered from the stage to Trump’s running mate about the need for diversity in America. … Continue reading Trump again slams ‘Hamilton’; Pence says he wasn’t offended

The Latest: Obama, Putin discuss Syria conflict, Ukraine

LIMA, Peru (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President Barack Obama’s final official foreign trip (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The White House says President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Syria and Ukraine during a four-minute conversation at the start of a summit in Peru. A White House description of the meeting says … Continue reading The Latest: Obama, Putin discuss Syria conflict, Ukraine

Police: charges expected in death of congressman’s grandson

CHICAGO (AP)(STL.News) — Chicago police said charges could be announced soon in the fatal shooting of an Illinois congressman’s grandson following an argument over a pair of basketball shoes. Officer Michelle Tannehill said two juveniles are in custody and are considered suspects in the murder of 15-year-old Javon Wilson, who was shot in the head … Continue reading Police: charges expected in death of congressman’s grandson

Train derails in north India, killing 104; many trapped

PUKHRAYAN, India (AP)(STL.News) — At least 104 people were killed when 14 coaches of an overnight passenger train rolled off the track in northern India early Sunday, with rescue workers using cutting torches to try to pull out survivors, police said. Daljeet Chaudhary, a director general of police, said the death toll was likely to … Continue reading Train derails in north India, killing 104; many trapped

Rhodes scholars for Class of 2017 announced

VIENNA, Va. (AP)(STL.News) — The Rhodes Trust has named the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars who will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University. The 2017 recipients announced early Sunday were chosen from 882 applicants who were endorsed by 311 colleges and universities. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three … Continue reading Rhodes scholars for Class of 2017 announced

Iraqi forces push on against IS in eastern Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) (STL.News) — A top Iraqi commander said on Sunday that troops were continuing to advance toward the center of Mosul, pushing back Islamic State fighters, but slowed down by sniper fire and suicide bombings as well as concern over the safety of civilians in a city that is home to some one … Continue reading Iraqi forces push on against IS in eastern Mosul

Trump hosts potential cabinet contenders at NJ golf club

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is welcoming a parade of officials at the white-pillared clubhouse of his New Jersey golf club this weekend as he weighs who will be in line for roles in the new administration. Trump’s Sunday schedule in Bedminster includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor … Continue reading Trump hosts potential cabinet contenders at NJ golf club

The Latest: Philippine leader looks to China-led development

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The latest on the summit of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised his Chinese counterpart that he will align his foreign policy toward China-led Asian economic development, further reinforcing his shift toward China amid his hostile stance toward … Continue reading The Latest: Philippine leader looks to China-led development

Activists: Intense bombing of Syria’s Aleppo kills 20

BEIRUT (AP) — Government bombardment of besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people Saturday Syrian opposition activists said, a day after the health directorate said all hospital in opposition areas have been knocked out of service. Saturday was the fifth day of renewed assaults by Syrian warplanes on … Continue reading Activists: Intense bombing of Syria’s Aleppo kills 20

Senate hearing for Sessions likely to revisit racial issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, is likely to rehash racially charged allegations that derailed his efforts to become a federal judge and made him a symbol of black-voter intimidation under the Reagan administration. The expected focus on Sessions’ record on race, policing … Continue reading Senate hearing for Sessions likely to revisit racial issue

Iraqi troops face stiff resistance from IS in eastern Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops faced stiff resistance Saturday from Islamic State militants as they pushed deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led international coalition, a senior military commander said. At dawn, troops moved into the Muharabeen and Ulama neighborhoods after fully liberating the adjacent Tahrir neighborhood on Friday, said … Continue reading Iraqi troops face stiff resistance from IS in eastern Mosul

2 moose found frozen mid-fight near remote Alaska village

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two moose were recently discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska’s unforgiving western coast. Brad Webster, a middle school social studies and science teacher in Unalakleet, captured images of the massive animals poking through the ice as they lay on their sides with antlers … Continue reading 2 moose found frozen mid-fight near remote Alaska village

As Trump talks wall, China builds bridges to Latin America

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An expected U.S. economic retreat from Latin America under Donald Trump is causing the region’s leaders to look halfway around the world, to China, for help weathering the possible financial headwinds. They’ll have the perfect opportunity to make their appeal this week when Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a Pacific Rim … Continue reading As Trump talks wall, China builds bridges to Latin America