- Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.
- Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — 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 made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.
- 10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
- Russian crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to Islamic State
KOMSOMOLSKOYE, Russia (AP) — Security forces in Russia's southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints.
- Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. commander in Afghanistan says some of those most closely involved in the mistaken air attack on a hospital in Kunduz have been suspended from their duties.
- Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place
BRUSSELS (AP) — When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day — except for the machine gun-toting policeman.
- Pope arrives in Kenya in pilgrimage to 3 African countries
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Brushing aside concerns for his security, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday for his first-ever visit to Africa, including to Central African Republic, a country torn by fighting between Christian and Muslims.
- Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An expanded version of America's annual Thanksgiving travel saga was under way Wednesday with gas prices low and terrorism fears high.
- UN weather agency: It's record hot out there this year
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday.
- Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — 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 many times he's been yelled at, threatened or insulted.
- Warriors want more after making NBA history with 16-0 start
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even though he hasn't been in his usual spot on the bench, ailing coach Steve Kerr has contributed plenty to Golden State's record start.
- Rams WR Bailey critical, stable after being shot in Florida
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot and critically wounded as he and four other people were sitting in a car outside a home in the Miami area, police said Wednesday.
- Redskins could play twice in London next season
LONDON (AP) — The Washington Redskins could become the first team to play two NFL games in London in the same season, and in consecutive weeks.
- Oklahoma up to 3rd, Iowa 4th in playoff rankings; ND 6th
Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6 on Tuesday night.
- Johnny Manziel benched by Browns for off-field behavior
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Dropped from starter to third-stringer — without playing a game.