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Uncertainty fuels speculation on Ferguson decision
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer, fueling new speculation about the timing as protesters demand justice for Michael Brown. After meeting Friday but apparently not reaching a decision, the grand jury was widely expected to reconvene on Monday to consider possible charges against Darren Wilson, the white suburban St. Louis officer who fatally shot the black 18-year-old after a confrontation in August. There was no official confirmation about when the grand jury would meet again.


Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July
VIENNA (AP) - Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran's atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said. Under the terms of limited agreements reached after a frenetic six days of talks in Vienna, a political accord is to be completed by March 1, with final details contained in annexes to be sealed by July 1, the diplomats said.


Israel minister: New law could break up government
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's justice minister said Monday that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on bringing a contentious nationality law to a parliamentary vote, it could mean the end of his government and the holding of early elections. Tzipi Livni's warning came amid strong indications that the sponsor of the bill has decided to delay a vote on it, originally planned for Wednesday, by at least a week.


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GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response to Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) - The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a tea party favorite in the 2012 race, urged the Republican leadership in Congress to "use any means available to stop this unconstitutional attack on our liberty."


Buffalo residents ready for possible evacuations
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Families rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance - not of snow but possible flooding. Temperatures were expected to hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing Buffalo area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.


Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain
SYDNEY (AP) - A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in Westmead Children's Hospital a day after cyclists found him in a 2.5-meter (8-foot) deep drain beside the M7 Motorway in the suburb of Quakers Hill, police said in a statement.


Probe begins in fatal shooting of boy by officer
CLEVELAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings. The boy, identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner as Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.


One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at 2014 AMAs
One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. Katy Perry, who was absent from Sunday's awards show because of her world tour, matched One Direction for most wins with three.


Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider
NEW YORK (AP) - The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price. Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. Video and audio are also enjoyable, as long as I'm not expecting the same performance I get on high-end phones. Batteries don't last quite as long without a recharge but I still got about seven hours of streaming video on Hulu. Do I really need the nine to 12 hours I can get with an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy?


Seahawks rebound vs. Cards; Pats improve to 9-2
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks did some soul searching before their showdown with the Arizona Cardinals. Whatever the defending Super Bowl champions said to each other, it appears to have worked.

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