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New York • In just days, Adele’s “25” has officially set a new first-week sales record, moving 2.433 million albums since its release Friday. On Tuesday, Nielsen Music said that in just four days the British singer broke the record …

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  • Denver scales back plan to bar new players in marijuana industry
    Denver officials pulled back Tuesday from immediately seeking another two-year moratorium on new players in the city’s legal marijuana market, approvi...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 11:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Homeowners association won’t sue man over Christmas lights
    Spokane, Wash. • An Idaho homeowners association has backed down from threats to sue a man whose extreme Christmas light display last year bothered ne...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • A man and woman embrace on the departure level of Los Angeles International Airport amid Thanksgiving holiday traffic, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day
    Los Angeles • An expanded version of America’s annual Thanksgiving travel saga was under way Wednesday with gas prices low and terrorism fears high. A...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  •  This Nov. 25, 1985, photo provided by Geraldine Sons shows Iowa State University’s women’s cross country team, from back left: Charlene Letzring; Sheryl Maahs; Bonnie Sons; Susan Baxter; Jill Slettedahlk; and in front: Tami Colby, left, and Julie Rose at the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships in Milwaukee. Maahs, Baxter and Rose were killed later that the day when the plane they were returning home in with two coaches, an athletic trainer and the pilot crashed in a Des Moines neighborhood. (Geraldine Sons via AP) Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility
    Fayetteville, Ark. • Jimmy Woods has been a youth official for nearly 30 years, and he’s lost count of how many football games he has refereed and how...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 09:03 am   |     |   Share

  • Pope Francis, center, waves to traditional dancers accompanied by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left on his arrival at the airport in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis left Wednesday for his first-ever visit to the continent, a whirlwind pilgrimage to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Pope arrives in Kenya in pilgrimage to 3 African countries
    Nairobi, Kenya • Brushing aside concerns for his security, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday for his first-ever visit to Africa, including to...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Children pass a police officer as they arrive for school in the center of Brussels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Students in Brussels have begun returning to class after a two-day shutdown over fears that a series of simultaneous attacks could be launched around the Belgian capital. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place
    Brussels • When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day — except for the machine gun-t...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • President Barack Obama applauds as he arrives for the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) UN weather agency: It’s record hot out there this year
    Washington • Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Met...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP) Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting
    Chicago • The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been ...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 children play in a street in the village of Komsomolskoye, Dagestan, Russia. An epidemic of recruitment for the Islamic State group has swept through the predominantly Muslim Dagestan where young men and women are leaving for Syria, pursuing a religious ideal or trying to escape police profiling. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) Russian crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to Islamic State
    Komsomolskoye, Russia • Security forces in Russia’s southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their hom...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Costco pulls chicken salad off shelves due to E. coli
    Olympia, Wash. • Authorities say chicken salad from Costco has been linked to at least one case of E. coli in Washington state. The Department of Heal...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:39 am   |     |   Share
  • Idaho officer shoots dog near school after it threatens kids
    Lewiston, Idaho • Police say an officer shot a dog near an Idaho junior high school after it acted menacingly toward kids and a school employee. The L...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. Southwestern Colorado officials say they’re ready to talk to the Environmental Protection Agency about a Superfund cleanup of inactive mines, including the one in Silverton that spewed millions of gallons of wastewater into rivers in August. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file) Colorado town to pursue Superfund help after mine spill
    Durango, Colo. • Southwestern Colorado officials will negotiate with state and federal agencies to set up a federally financed Superfund cleanup of in...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 05:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Oct. 20, 2015 photo, wildflowers grow in a field where the body of taco vendor Carlos Sanchez and dozens other were found almost a year ago, on the outskirts of Iguala, Mexico. After adding the names of their missing to the lists, many families organized to go into the hills around Iguala to search for bodies of the disappeared. Over many weeks and months, government crews dug up the remains of at least 104 people from unmarked graves found by the families, only 13 of which have been identified by DNA and telltale bits of clothing. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) In Mexico, fear as victims vanish at hands of police
    Teleloapan, Mexico • Carlos Sanchez and his family had nearly completed the harrowing drive, hurtling along a dark and dangerous highway out of the mo...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:30 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 photo, Cuban migrants line up for breakfast given to them by an evangelical church, outside of the border control building in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, on the border with Nicaragua. Thousands of Cuban migrants have been able to make the trip to the U.S. thanks to a constant flow of information between migrants starting the journey and those who have just completed it. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Social media helps drive historic Cuban exodus to US
    Penas Blancas, Costa Rica • As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apar...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:30 am   |     |   Share
  • French gendarmes officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Monday Nov. 23, 2015.  French President Francois Hollande will preside over a national ceremony on Nov. 27 honoring the at least 130 victims of the deadliest attacks on France in decades.  (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) Paris tourism slumps in wake of attacks
    Paris • The attacks in Paris are having a major impact on tourism, initial figures show, pushing the French prime minister to meet industry officials ...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:30 am   |     |   Share
  • 3 Russian journalists injured in Syria
    Moscow • The Russian Defense Ministry says three Russian journalists have been injured while traveling to front-line positions in Syria. The ministry ...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (Haberturk TV via AP)  TURKEY OUT Russia confirms its jet was shot down near Turkish border
    Ankara, Turkey • Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane Tuesday — a long-feared crisis in Syria’s civil war and apparently the first time a NATO mem...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • A rabbi makes a photograph as he stands in the burned shell of the Poile Zedek Synagogue after a fire in October, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in New Brunswick, N.J. The Congregation Poile Zedek of New Brunswick will hold the interment of shaimos ceremony Sunday, to bury the burned remnants  of nine Torahs and hundreds of religious books which must be interred if they are no longer in acceptable condition according to Jewish custom and tradition. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Members of synagogue destroyed by fire bury religious books
    New Brunswick, N.J. • Members of a historic New Jersey synagogue that was destroyed in a fire have gathered to bury damaged sacred scrolls and books. ...
    Updated Nov 22 2015 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Skye Shell works by the light of her mobile phone to prepare a drink cooler for a delivery, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at the Gorst Food Mart, in Gorst, Wash., which lost power earlier in the day and had to close its doors to customers. Rain, high winds, and other power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night Tuesday as a Pacific storm system passes through. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Tens of thousands shivering without power in Washington
    Spokane, Wash. • Tens of thousands of people who have been shivering for nearly a week without power after deadly storms swept through Washington stat...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 12:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, supervisor Mary Njue, 50, displays three robes made for Pope Francis to wear during his upcoming visit to Kenya, sewn by the Dolly Craft Sewing Project and Women’s Group in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Pope Francis follows his predecessors next week, Nov. 25-30 to visit Africa whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal amid secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism, in a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) In Kenyan town, Christians worship under police guard
    Garissa, Kenya • As song and prayer drifted from the open, ivy-lined doorways of a Catholic church in Garissa, several security officials, including M...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Idaho lawmaker calls for special session on refugees
    Boise • An Idaho lawmaker is calling for a special session of the state Legislature to address refugee resettlement, declaring that Muslim refugees co...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 09:03 pm   |     |   Share