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  • Police: Stolen credit cards used to nab $8,500 in 8 minutes

    WASHINGTON – You could call them the “Eight Minute Mammas.” Police are looking for two women who used stolen credit cards to buy about $8,500 in gift cards from the Target in Rockville, Maryland. And they did it in eight minutes. Montgomery County police say the pair walked into Target about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 5.…

  • Va. Del. Joseph Morrissey to resign after entering plea in teen sex case

    WASHINGTON — A Virginia Democratic state lawmaker is resigning from office after recently entering a plea in connection with accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager. Del. Joseph D. Morrissey entered the Alford plea last week in Henrico County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of…

  • Bernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO

    LONDON (AP) — Bernie Ecclestone has been re-appointed to the Formula One board and will continue to serve as chief executive. Ecclestone stepped down as a board member of F1’s holding company earlier this year while standing trial for bribery in Germany. The case was closed in August when Ecclestone made a $100 million payment.…

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April. Teenager Aji Ibrahim said he was lucky to escape into the bushes. “No doubt they were Boko Haram members because they were…

  • Denmark targets 2 accused of jihadi propaganda

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities have opened criminal cases against two men accused of incitement to violence by spreading jihadi videos and images online. Police in North Zealand on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old Dane accused of spreading “extremist video material” on the Internet. Investigators say the suspect had been under surveillance since returning from…

  • Baltimore police search for missing boy abducted by mother

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police are searching for an 11-year-old boy who they believe was abducted by his mother who suffers from a mental illness. Police say 11-year-old Kuwan Taylor was abducted Wednesday by his mother, Davita Walker. Kuwan’s legal guardian is his aunt. Police say Walker has a history of arrests and that her…

  • ‘Prison Houdini’ set to make his 1st legal escape

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago. But the man dubbed Florida’s “prison Houdini” kept escaping instead of simply serving…

  • Woman, 56, arrested after car slams into crowd

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police say a 56-year-old woman suspected of being intoxicated faces felony charges after a car struck a group of pedestrians and another car outside a Southern California church, killing three people and injuring eight. Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman says Margo Bronstein was arrested after the crash Wednesday night…

  • Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence. The federal prosecutor’s office said two of the suspects — identified in line with German privacy rules only as Taha G. and Goksel G. — were arrested Wednesday at Frankfurt airport. The third,…

  • US stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday, led by gains in technology stocks after Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks fell back as oil gave resumed its slide. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 25 points, or 1.2 percent, to 2,037 as of 11:20 a.m. Eastern. The Dow…

  • Actress Diane Guerrero writing memoir

    NEW YORK (AP) — Through her own story, Diane Guerrero wants to change the lives of others. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that the Colombian-American actress known for “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin” is working on a memoir scheduled for early 2016. The book is called “In the Country We…

  • Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia. Shares in the Dublin-based carrier surged by as much as 21 percent Thursday amid rumors of a possible bid. Those gains were pared after IAG issued a statement…

  • Warehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Guinean official says a fire at a warehouse at the Conakry airport has destroyed crucial medicine to help fight Ebola. Dr. Moussa Konate, head of logistics for Guinea’s Ebola response, said that the fire on Thursday morning engulfed a building holding medicine, like anti-malarials and antibiotics. He said: “Everything is…

  • Syracuse regroups behind Cooney and Christmas

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse snapped a rare two-game slide in the nonconference portion of the schedule with its 71-69 win over Louisiana Tech last Sunday evening, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Orange (6-3) visit No. 7 Villanova (10-0) on Saturday. Senior center Rakeem Christmas scored the winning basket in…

  • Arsenal’s top-4 consistency a target for Liverpool

    LONDON (AP) — However many blips and bumps Arsenal endures through the season one outcome is a constant: finishing in the Premier League’s top four. Arsenal has spent 17 consecutive seasons among the elite, ensuring itself of a place in the Champions League year after year. Fans might be frustrated by the shortage of silverware,…