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  • China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

    CHICAGO (AP) — China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. Those commitments were announced at an annual trade meeting between the two countries that took place in Chicago. An assistant minister of commerce, Zhang Xiangchen,…

  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about…

  • Canadiens honor former captain Koivu

    MONTREAL (AP) — There was always a special connection between former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu and the fans of Montreal. Koivu, who retired after finishing his NHL career with Anaheim, was honored Thursday night before the Canadiens hosted the Ducks in a matchup of his former teams. Koivu received a nearly five-minute standing ovation as…

  • Newcomers help Temple swamp Delaware 82-62

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Jesse Morgan scored 16 points and Devin Coleman had nine as the Philadelphia natives made an immediate impact in their first games for Temple on Thursday night, an 82-62 win over Delaware. Morgan, a senior who transferred from UMass and has one semester of eligibility, matched Quenton DeCosey’s team-high 16 points…

  • Quinnipiac beats Lehigh 80-65, snaps losing streak

    HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Ousmane Drame and Justin Harris both turned in double-doubles and Quinnipiac snapped a three-game losing streak by ending Lehigh’s four-game winning streak 80-65 on Thursday night. Drame scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season while Justin Harris notched his first career double-double with 11 points…

  • Arson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday. The Dec. 8 fire burned the seven-story, 1.3-million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. Investigators from the…

  • No. 6 Virginia handles Cleveland State 70-54

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Justin Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half Thursday night and No. 6 Virginia returned from an 11-day layoff for exams with a 70-54 victory against Cleveland State. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 16 and Anthony Gill had 13 for the Cavaliers (10-0), who matched their best start…

  • AP Source: Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. “Welcome to Rajon Rondo the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks,” team owner Mark Cuban wrote…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

    Evidence in Sony hack ‘whodunit’ mostly circumstantial; US weighs a North Korea response WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools…

  • S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views. Critics say the decision could worsen already deep political divisions in a country once ruled by military dictators, and trigger a fierce debate on authorities’ limits in restricting…

  • Ex-Tulsa cop to stand trial in off-duty shooting

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge Thursday ordered a former Tulsa police officer to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter’s boyfriend in an off-duty shooting. The Tulsa World reported (http://bit.ly/1sMguh9 ) that Shannon James Kepler, 54, will face a trial on a first-degree murder charge, along with two counts of shooting…

  • Top 25 Fared

    Thursday 1. Kentucky (11-0) did not play. Next: vs. UCLA, Saturday. 2. Duke (9-0) vs. UConn. Next: vs. Toledo, Monday, Dec. 29. 3. Arizona (11-0) did not play. Next: at UTEP, Friday. 4. Louisville (9-0) did not play. Next: at Western Kentucky, Saturday. 5. Wisconsin (10-1) did not play. Next: at California, Monday. 6. Virginia…

  • ‘The Interview’ jeopardizes overseas movie villains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of “The Interview,” an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction. One film already bit the dust.…

  • California lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego was sentenced to three years of informal probation, ordered to participate in a six-week alcohol education program, and…

  • IMF withholds bailout money for Cyprus

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won’t release $108 million (88 million euros) in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country’s parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December. An IMF statement said the month-long suspension of the law contravened the…