- Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia says it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.
- News Guide: Protests of teen's shooting death to continue
CHICAGO (AP) — Protest groups were set to return to the streets of Chicago on Wednesday, one day after the city released a squad-car video showing a white police officer fatally shoot a black teenager.
- 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) — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.
- 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 urges Kenyans to work for peace
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip.
- Shariah law key in Palestinian artist’s Saudi death sentence
When Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution’s request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison over the content of a book of poetry he wrote and for illicit relations with women based on photos he had on his phone.
- 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.