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Autopsy begins on Kansas woman found raped, burned
In this Nov. 23, 2014 photo Marty Bell signs a memorial for Letitia Davis at a vigil in Fairmont Park in Wichita, Kan., where Davis found Nov. 14 with burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head. Cornell A. McNeal, 26, of Wichita, has been jailed and charged in the death of Davis who died after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in the park, according to authorities. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Dave Williams)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An autopsy has begun on a Kansas woman who died this weekend, days after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in a Wichita park, a county official said Monday.

Honda admits failing to report deaths, injuries
DETROIT (AP) — Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.

Woman cleared in fatal car wreck after GM letter
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.

Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and leader of Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba shake hands at a signing ceremony in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Russia further tightened its control over Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia on Monday with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea.

As Vienna focus turns to OPEC, silent thanks on Iran deal delay
By Christopher Johnson and Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many OPEC ministers meeting in Vienna Thursday may be giving quiet thanks that world powers who just met in that city failed to reach a nuclear accord with Tehran, pushing back for another six months any potential revival in Iran's oil exports. On Monday, the deadline for concluding nuclear talks aimed at resolving a 12-year-old dispute over the country's nuclear program, Iran and six major powers agreed to another extension in the talks until June 30, 2015. ...

Missouri governor urges restraint after grand jury decision on Ferguson shooting
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged tolerance, respect and restraint after a grand jury decision is announced later on Monday on the August shooting in Ferguson of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Nixon told a news conference the National Guard would be deployed in support roles for police, who are preparing for possible protests in the St. Louis suburb in the wake of the decision, which is to be announced at 8 p.m. CST. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Ricardo Sandoval sorts packages at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Phoenix. Merchants are working hard to make same-day delivery a reality, particularly in major cities, from Amazon testing deliveries via taxis to everyone from Target to Google expanding their same-day delivery services. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Portugal ex-premier held in prison in fraud case
In this May 19, 2011 photo, Portugal's former Prime Minister Jose Socrates gestures as he answers a question during a business conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal's Attorney-General's office says police have detained Socrates Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A judge sent former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates to prison Monday while the ex-leader fights accusations of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

Factbox: Composition and workings of grand jury in Ferguson shooting case
(Reuters) - A grand jury has heard evidence in the fatal shooting in August in Ferguson, Missouri, of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, and its decision will be announced Monday. The St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, outlined the jury's responsibility and its composition in a statement issued in October. The grand jury's sole function, McCulloch said, "is to answer a single question: what, if any charges shall be brought?" Following is a description of the function of grand juries in the St. ...

Missouri grand jury decision on Ferguson shooting to come at 8 p.m. CST: prosecutors
(Reuters) - The Missouri grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August will be announced at 8 p.m. CST on Monday, prosecutors said. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Garcia Marquez archive goes to University of Texas
FILE - This undated file photo shows Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez at an undisclosed location. The University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center has acquired Marquez's archive. The writer died on April 17, 2014. (AP Photo, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of.

Browns QB Manziel involved in hotel fight
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip.

Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday.

Kerouac letter discovery shows poet didn't toss it
This image provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows the cover of an auction catalog, featuring several pages of what has become known as "The Joan Anderson Letter," some 16,000 Benzedrine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. The letter, Kerouac said shortly before his death, would have transformed his counterculture muse Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn't been lost. As it turns out, the letter wasn't lost, just misplaced, and it's scheduled to go on sale Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Profiles in History)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey.

Beckham thought during 1-hand grab: just catch it
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The one-handed catch by Odell Beckham Jr. that became the most talked-about play from Sunday did more than just boost his standing with the New York Giants, it paid off a routine growing popular among many skill players of practicing the impractical, one-handed circus grab. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, FILE)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.'s mindset was simple before making a one-handed catch quickly heralded as one of the best in NFL history: Just catch the ball.

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