November 22, 2014

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Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox’s default search

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will supplant Google’s search engine on Firefox’s Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo’s resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet’s ad market. The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between Google Inc. and the Mozilla Foundation, which Read More…

Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans

In this family photo provided by Tessa and Joel Sanborn, their adopted twins, Favor, left, and Faith, right, stand with their brother Devine, center, in Liberia at the time that the Sanborns traveled there to adopt Faith and Favor. The family is now waiting to travel to Liberia again to adopt Devine, but the Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in several west African countries on hold indefinitely, as the public health state of emergency continues. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sanborn Family)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons. Tessa and Joel Sanborn understand. The arrival of their 5-year-old adopted son Devine, who is in an orphanage in Liberia, is on hold, indefinitely, as the state of emergency continues there. “We love Liberia, and we want Read More…

Buffalo area hit with epic snow — with more coming

Bob Wilcox clears the snow at the end of his driveway on Bowen Rd. in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (AP photo/Gary Wiepert)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new blast of lake-effect snow roared through western New York with thunder and lightning on Thursday, raising to nearly 6 feet the three-day total in parts of the Buffalo area. But even as it strained roofs and stalled daily life, the snow wasn’t the only worry. Forecasters warned a rapid Read More…

Amnesty report: Turkey strained by Syrian refugees

ISTANBUL (AP) — With Turkey’s government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday. Turkey, which hosts half of the 3.2 million refugees who have fled Syria, is shouldering the heaviest burden Read More…

TV Land pulls ‘Cosby Show’ from lineup

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NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom “is no longer under development.” A TV Land Read More…

Obama’s immigration actions do have limits

President Barack Obama speaks at the 'ConnectED to the Future', in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — As broadly as President Barack Obama may push the limits of his authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants illegally in the United States, the fate of millions more will still be left unresolved. Obama is preparing to flex his executive powers Thursday, using an 8 p.m. address to announce that he is sidestepping Congress and Read More…

UPDATED: Official says Florida State gunman was alumnus

Police investigate a shooting at Strozier Library on Florida State campus on Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official said the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech Read More…

Consumer group lists ’10 worst toys’ for kids

Joan Siff, president of World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., holds up toy bow at Children's Franciscan Hospital in Boston, Wednesday. The consumer watchdog group has released its annual list of what it considers to be the 10 most unsafe toys as the holiday season approaches. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet, and the “Catapencil” — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher at its erasure end — are among an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday. World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog group, issued the “10 Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Nov. 19

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US urges recall of millions of additional cars with possibly faulty air bags The recall of air bags made by the Takata Corp. had been regional. Now safety regulators want to extend it nationwide. 2. Israel destroys Read More…

Big snowstorm hits New York; rest of US feels cold

A massive band of lake effect snow moves through the south of Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday. Several feet of lake-effect snow paralyzed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing state troopers to deliver blankets and other supplies to motorists stranded on the New York State Thruway and adding an ominous note to a wintry season thatís already snarling travel and numbing fingers from the Midwest to the Carolinas. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard Tuesday as more than 4 feet fell in parts Read More…