BC-AP News Digest 2 pm


Associated Press

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

The world at 2 p.m. Times EST.

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— TEXANS-LIONS — The Houston Texans cold be the first NFL team to seal a spot in the playoffs. Game started 12:30 p.m.

— REDSKINS-COWBOYS — Starts 4:25 p.m.

— PATRIOTS-JETS — Starts 8:20 p.m.



GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas emerges from battle with the triumphal sense of a hard-won game change: By stopping its offensive when it did, Israel's hard-line government seems to have grudgingly accepted that the group cannot soon be dislodged from power in Gaza. Hamas dared rocket Tel Aviv, then stared down threats of a ground invasion — agreeing to a cease-fire with its rule intact, world figures rushing to the region to put out the fire, and key Muslim countries openly on its side. Still unclear is whether the Egyptian-brokered truce can deliver the promised end to Gaza's stifling blockade. By Karin Laub and Sarah El Deeb.

AP photos, video.

— MIDEAST-WINNERS AND LOSERS — What was gained and lost.


CAIRO — Egypt's Islamist president unilaterally decrees greater authorities for himself, forbidding the courts from challenging his decisions and those of the Islamist-led assembly that is writing the next constitution. Riding high on U.S. and international praise for mediating a Gaza cease-fire, Mohammed Morsi puts himself above oversight, but the move is likely to fuel growing public anger that he and his Muslim Brotherhood are seizing too much power. By Hamza Hendawi.

AP photos.


NEW YORK — Crowds flock to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on a sun-splashed morning in New York even as other parts of the city still struggle to recover from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — and to find ways to celebrate the holiday. "I've lost the whole month of November," said 48-year-old Lauren Urban of the hard-hit Belle Harbor section of Brooklyn. By Tom Hays.

AP photos, video.

—OBAMA-THANKSGIVING — President Barack Obama enjoys a quiet Thanksgiving with his family at the White House.


NEW YORK — Black Friday, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, has crept into Thanksgiving Day. A number of stores from Wal-Mart to Target to Sears are opening their doors on Turkey Day, betting that Americans are willing to put down the pumpkin pie in order to start their holiday shopping a day early. By Anne D'Innocenzio and Tom Krisher.

— HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CATALOGS — Despite the flood of holiday catalogs, annual catalog circulation by retailers has actually dipped substantially, with nearly a third fewer mailed compared to four years ago. AP photo.

— POSTAL-HOLIDAY SHIPPING — Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service that offers same-day delivery. AP photos.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In the last blog entry before his arrest, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his "big mouth" attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning. Beheshti's death in custody of Iran's expanding cyber-police has forced Iranian authorities to promise an inquest and raises broader questions about the reach of Iran's expanding corps of Web watchers. By Brian Murphy.


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Former world champion boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors say, family members reportedly disagree on whether to take him off life support. By Danica Coto.

AP photos.



SDEROT, Israel — In this southern Israeli town, whose name has become synonymous with rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, there is little joy over a new cease-fire between Israel and the territory's Hamas. Schools remain closed, traffic is sparse and hope is hard to find. The working-class residents of Sderot have seen previous lulls in violence quickly unravel and are wary of new promises of calm. By Aron Heller.

AP photos, video.



BEIRUT — Syrian rebels strengthen their hold in an oil-rich strategic province bordering Iraq, capturing a key military base that was considered the last bastion for regime forces in the area. Violence persists in the northern city of Aleppo, with regime warplanes flattening a building next to a rebel hospital, killing 15 people, including a doctor and three children. By Barbara Surk.

AP photo.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar will host the latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations that begin Monday. It's a bid to show oil producers are helping protect the planet, but environmental activists complain the tiny desert nation has shown little leadership so far and been much less transparent than previous hosts of the annual conference. By Michael Casey.

AP photos.



WASHINGTON — The election may be over, but a new campaign is being waged in the nation's capital as lobbyists, advocates and trade groups fight to shape the government's response to the looming fiscal cliff. It's a twist on the usual lobbying effort: Instead of digging for more tax dollars, they're trying to protect what they've got. By Stephen Ohlemacher.

AP photos.



MIAMI — When 15-year-old Kali Gonzalez became pregnant, she considered transferring and worried teachers would harass her for missing class. Instead, her counselor set up a meeting with teachers to confirm she could make up missed assignments, eat in class and use the restroom whenever she needed. Gonzalez, now 18, kept an A-average while pregnant. But Gonzalez is a rare success. Schools across the country are divided over how to handle pregnant students, with some schools kicking them out or penalizing students for pregnancy-related absences. By Kelli Kennedy.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For people behind bars in six Appalachian states, they are one of the few forms of escape — hundreds of used books, wrapped in brown paper and stacked thigh-high under a table, just waiting to be shipped. Parenting and self-help books. History and law. Dictionaries, biographies and fiction.

AP photos.


DES MOINES, Iowa — In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. By Thomas Beaumont.

AP photos.


— SHOPKEEPER SHOOTING DEATHS — A garment salesman is being held without bail while awaiting a court appearance on charges he systematically shot three shopkeepers to death in their New York City clothing stores. AP photos, video.

— SOUTHEAST TEXAS-HIGHWAY CRASH — Dozens are injured in an estimated 100-vehicle pileup that forces the closure of Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas.

— JACKSON-RESIGNATION — Trouble not over for Jesse Jackson Jr. after resignation with looming investigation and health.

— CONGO-FIGHTING — Congo rebels, military battle over town of Sake; rebels vow to press ahead with offensive.

— BRITAIN-BBC — The BBC chooses a former head of its news division to lead the broadcaster through a "long, hard look" at itself as it struggles to recover from a scandal stemming from its coverage of child sex abuse.

— EU-SUMMIT TALKS — The leaders of Britain and France stake out starkly different visions for the European Union's future as they arrive for a budget summit.