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Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions
LE BOURGET, France (AP) - The largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that striking an ambitious deal to curb global warming can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united. "What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?" President Barack Obama asked his fellow world leaders. The U.N.-organized gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France, two weeks after militants linked to the Islamic State group killed 130 people around Paris.

The Latest: VIPs forced to wait at Paris climate meeting
PARIS (AP) - The latest news from the U.N. climate conference that began Monday in Paris. All times local: 7:15 p.m. Paris' conference on climate is so crowded with world leaders that some of them are having to wait hours for their turn at the podium - a highly unusual situation for the most powerful people in their respective countries. About 150 leaders showed up, each giving a speech about their plans to fight global warming. After eight hours of speeches, the original schedule is totally out of whack - and it's not over yet. Meanwhile, at a sidelines launch of a clean energy initiative by Bill Gates, more than a dozen heads of state and government waited for Barack Obama for 45 minutes.

The Latest: 2002 restraining order filed against suspect
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest on the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic (all times local): 11 a.m. Court records in South Carolina show a Peeping Tom charge against the suspect in Colorado's Planned Parenthood shooting was dismissed in 2002 on the same day the woman who made the accusation filed a restraining order against him. Robert Lewis Dear was arrested in May 2002 when the woman said he looked into her home and put her in fear for her life. Court records show the charge was dismissed less than two months later. Colleton County Court administrator Pamala White said Monday a copy of the restraining order was no longer available because the county destroys them after 10 years.

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Turkey won't apologize to Russia over warplane downing
BRUSSELS (AP) - Turkey won't apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, stressing that the military was doing its job defending the country's airspace. Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey hopes Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions announced against Turkish interests following last week's incident. The Turkish resort town of Antalya is "like a second home" to many Russian holidaymakers, he said, but refused to yield on Turkish security. "No Turkish prime minister or president will apologize ... because of doing our duty," Davutoglu told reporters after meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster
NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales. There were some outages, including Target's site briefly midmorning. An alert said high traffic was causing delays. "It's no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals," said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation. Online shopping is taking its toll on brick-and-mortar shopping.

High court's election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's lineup of new cases is fit for an election year. Affirmative action, abortion and another look at the Obama health care law all are before the court, and they could well be joined by immigration, giving the justices a run of cases that reads like a campaign platform. Also coming; disputes involving public-sector labor unions, the death penalty and the way electoral districts are drawn. Decisions in these high-profile cases almost certainly will split the court along ideological lines, mirroring the country's stark partisan split. What's more, the most contentious issues won't be resolved until late June, barely four months before the 2016 presidential election.

Calendars show Clinton made time at State for supporters
WASHINGTON (AP) - As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press. The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly 100 corporate executives, Clinton charity donors and political supporters during her four years at the State Department between 2009 and 2013, records show. Many of those meetings and calls, formally scheduled by her aides, involved heads of companies and organizations that were pursuing business or private interests with the Obama administration at the time, including with the State Department while Clinton was in charge.

Pope urges peace while visiting C. African Republic mosque
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Pope Francis made a historic visit to the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic's capital on Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city that had been closed off for months because of retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militia fighters. Moments after he left, hundreds of Muslims who had essentially been barricaded inside by the armed Christian militias that stood guard around the perimeter burst into what had been a no-man's land only a day earlier. Some jubilant residents emboldened by the high security in the area even followed the pope into the city's center shouting "the war is over," a hopeful sign that this religiously divided capital could potentially reunite.

Giving and getting grief: For the rich, increasingly common
To give is to gain a heap of grief if you're a mega-rich donor these days. In recent months, a hedge fund billionaire was denounced for his $400 million gift to the already wealthy Harvard University, David Geffen took flak for gifts that plaster his name on a Manhattan concert hall and a Los Angeles school, and the wife of a Wall Street banker was roasted for trying to put her name on a small Adirondacks college. Even Bill Gates, who has given billions to battle diseases, is taking lumps in a new book titled "No Such Thing as a Free Gift."

Fantasy sports companies weigh leaving US market _ for now
BOSTON (AP) - Yahoo remains active. CBS has quietly withdrawn. And lesser known daily fantasy sports companies are scaling back. As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are taking different approaches to how they operate as their new industry faces increased scrutiny. "The industry is pretty fragmented on the 'should they stay or should they go' issue," says Chris Grove, editor of the Las Vegas-based Legal Sports Report, which focuses on sports wagering. "A real schism has opened up." Many companies are retrenching, but their movements haven't significantly hurt the market, said David Copeland, CEO of SuperLobby, a U.K.