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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2015

Supreme Court gives police using deadly force in chases more immunity

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court made it harder Monday to sue police for using deadly force against fleeing suspects, ruling that officers are immune from lawsuits unless it is “beyond debate” that a shooting was unjustified and clearly unreasonable. By an 8-1 vote, the justices tossed out an excessive force suit against a Texas police officer who ignored his supervisor’s warning and took a high-powered rifle to a highway overpass to shoot at an approaching car. The officer said he hoped to stop the car but instead shot and killed the driver.

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Myanmar ruling party headed for rout at Suu Kyi’s hands

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, which appears headed for a massive election victory, accused the government election panel Tuesday of intentionally delaying results, saying it wants to “maybe play a trick.” The surprising accusation by the National League for Democracy adds a worrying twist to what has so far been an amicable election, where the ruling party appeared to be taking its expected loss gracefully.

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Obama immigration plan hits snag in court

NEW ORLEANS – President Barack Obama’s plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people illegally living in the United States suffered another setback Monday in a ruling from a New Orleans-based federal appeals court. In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge’s injunction blocking the administration’s immigration initiative.

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Years of cheating by Russian track and field athletes detailed in report

In a 323-page report that occasionally reads like a spy novel, anti-doping authorities detailed years of cheating by Russia’s track and field athletes in a program that may have involved the government. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s independent commission alleges that coaches and team doctors in the country promoted a “win at all costs” mentality, encouraging and sometimes pressuring athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs.

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President Obama joins Facebook

WASHINGTON – It’s another presidential first: President Barack Obama joined Facebook Monday. “Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page,” Obama posted. “I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories.”

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U.S. stocks lower on weak China trade data

NEW YORK – U.S. and global stocks were weighed down Monday by weak Chinese and global economic data, as well as the prospect of a U.S. interest rate hike next month. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 131 ...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 8, 2015

Scrutiny builds over downed plane

CAIRO – International passengers departing Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh continued to line up for flights on Sunday, as the first of three teams of Russian inspectors was dispatched to the country to examine airport security following the Oct. 31 airline disaster. The Russian flight’s crash in the Sinai Peninsula that killed all 224 people onboard continues to generate fallout, after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for its downing and U.S. and British officials say intelligence shows it was likely brought down by a bomb on board.

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With excitement and hope, millions vote in Myanmar polls

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday hinted at a victory by her party in the country’s historic elections, and urged supporters not to provoke their losing rivals who are backed by the military. In her first comments after Sunday’s elections, Suu Kyi told a crowd gathered at the National League for Democracy party that the results won’t be announced soon, “but I think you all have the idea of the results.”

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Croatia’s conservatives claim victory in general vote

ZAGREB, Croatia – Croatia’s conservative opposition claimed victory Sunday against the ruling center-left coalition in the Balkan country’s first parliamentary election since joining the European Union in 2013 – held amid deep economic woes and a massive migrant surge. The state electoral commission said Sunday that with about 70 percent of the vote counted, the conservatives, led by former intelligence chief Tomislav Karamarko, won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while Social Democrats, led by incumbent Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, had 53.

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Experts will begin work Monday to determine the cause of the parking lot cave-in at an IHOP restaurant in Meridian, Miss.
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Mississippi restaurant parking lot cave-in swallows 12 cars

MERIDIAN, Miss. – A cave-in of a restaurant parking lot in Mississippi swallowed 12 cars and now experts are expected to begin work Monday to determine the cause of the weekend collapse, authorities said. No one was reported injured when the pavement gave way Saturday night, leaving a long gash in the ground into which the vehicles tumbled.

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Regional election is a big setback for India’s prime minister

MUMBAI, India – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered a significant political setback Sunday in a widely watched state assembly election, losing a bitterly fought campaign to an alliance of rival parties. The loss in Bihar, where Modi campaigned fiercely, was viewed as a rebuke of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party’s often divisive rhetoric and of Modi’s year-and-a-half in power, during which critics say he has failed to bring the economic reforms he promised.

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World Bank: Climate change could result in 100 million poor

STOCKHOLM – Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday. Released just weeks ahead of a U.N. climate summit in Paris, the report highlighted how the impact of global warming is borne unevenly, with the world’s poor woefully unprepared to deal with climate shocks such as rising seas or severe droughts.

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2nd train derails in Wisconsin in 2 days, spills crude oil

WATERTOWN, Wis. – A Canadian Pacific Railway train carrying crude oil derailed Sunday and prompted some evacuations in Wisconsin, the second day in a row a freight train derailed in the state. The eastbound CP train derailed about 2 p.m. in Watertown, in the southeastern part of the state. The railroad said at least 10 cars derailed, and some were leaking.

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