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Canada to give UN $750,000 for Syrian refugee relief

Canada’s Liberal government announced on Thursday a $750,000 contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help fleeing Syrians, fulfilling a campaign promise from its recent federal election.

Queen Elizabeth II visits beloved Malta and Commonwealth

It is a bittersweet moment for Queen Elizabeth II. She is visiting a country she loves, on what may be her final visit to an organization she cherishes — one that might struggle without her.

Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees

Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees.

Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates

A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring his military will shoot down any new intruder.

Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS

The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Kalani Brown scored 13 points and No. 5 Baylor played stifling defense to rout Cincinnati 72-34 in the opening game of the Junkanoo Jam on Thursday.

Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Protesters gather for Thanksgiving meal in Minneapolis

Protesters and community members dined on donated pies, macaroni and cheese and traditional Thanksgiving fare Thursday outside a Minneapolis police station that has been the site of ongoing demonstrations since an officer fatally shot a black man earlier this month.

Meet John Howland, a lucky Pilgrim — and maybe your ancestor

John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver and Myles Standish, notable passengers on the Mayflower that landed in Massachusetts in 1620.

Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security

Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Nov. 26, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving them five strokes behind leader Lincoln Tighe.

Brothers survive 2 avalanches while skiing in Colorado

Two brothers survived two massive avalanches while skiing in Colorado’s backcountry even though both feared the other was dead.

Remains found near Houston may be teen missing for 25 years

Authorities near Houston have uncovered the possible remains of a 15-year-old girl who was missing for 25 years, after the family of a suspect in her death came forward with a tip, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

Utah man passes airport security with stolen boarding pass

A sex offender with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught earlier this month, authorities have disclosed.

Mother who left baby in NYC nativity manger won’t be charged

A mother who left her newborn baby in a Christmas manger inside a New York City church will not be prosecuted, authorities said Wednesday.

190K deer killed in Missouri firearms season's first phase

Missouri hunters are killing more deer after restrictions were lifted in some areas to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

More optimism among middle class buoys US consumer sentiment

Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers’ outlook.

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Turing reneges on drug price cut, rival’s version sells well

After weeks of criticism from patients, doctors and other drugmakers for hiking a life-saving medicine’s price more than 50-fold, Turing Pharmaceuticals is reneging on its pledge to cut the $750-per-pill price.

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Doyenne of New Orleans dining scene turns 90

She dropped out of secretarial school and taught herself the restaurant business, mentored chefs who put Louisiana cooking on the culinary map, is the matriarch of a family that owns nearly 20 restaurants and is credited with creating nouvelle Creole cuisine.

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Malia Obama navigating college decision-making process

Michelle Obama’s message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

5 tons of turkey, 2K pies served at Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood has dished out more than 5 tons of turkey for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Arrests for drunken boating plummet on Missouri waterways

Arrests for drunken boating on Missouri waterways have fallen by 63 percent since the Missouri State Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol in 2011.

Plan to move veterans memorial with 'Jesus fish' to continue

Officials say they will continue with their plan to move a veterans memorial that bears a covered ichthus, or "Jesus fish," from the Boone County Courthouse grounds.

Missouri Alumni Association to revive Black Alumni Network

The University of Missouri Alumni Association is responding to requests and forming a Black Alumni Network.

Judge hears testimony in case of St. Louis Zoo gun ban

A judge has heard testimony as he considers lifting the St. Louis Zoo policy that prohibits patrons from entering the zoo with guns.

Missouri woman accused of endangerment in son's bed death

A suburban St. Louis woman whose son suffocated after authorities say she drunkenly took him to bed with her is accused of misdemeanor child endangerment.

UMKC overcomes late rally to beat Lincoln

Martez Harrison had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Missouri-Kansas City held off Division II Lincoln University 73-72 Wednesday night.

KC gears up for holiday lighting tradition

Author Gillian Flynn will flip the switch that lights up Kansas City's Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night.

Douglass North, co-recipient of 1993 Nobel Prize, dies

Douglass C. North, a St. Louis economist who was a co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, has died. He was 95.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Nov. 25, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points, Jae Crowder hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat Philadelphia 84-80 on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 16th straight loss to open the season and record-tying 26th in a row overall.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 25, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brianna Taylor scored 16 points and No. 8 Texas beat Hampton 79-52 on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Nov. 25, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Star goalie Carey Price exited with a recurring injury, but Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the opening 1:29 of the third period and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 25, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and played a key role in the defensive switch that helped No. 6 Duke beat Yale 80-61 on Wednesday night.

Students for Planned Parenthood frustrated by Mizzou leader

Some University of Missouri students are expressing frustration with the campus chancellor after a Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic stopped performing abortions.

4 small earthquakes rattle southeast Missouri

Several people in southeast Missouri felt the earth move early Wednesday after a series of small earthquakes.

Columbia police to expand community outreach unit

The Columbia Police Department is planning to cut back its traffic enforcement unit so it can expand a unit for community outreach.

Missouri authorities identify 3 killed

Authorities have identified three people found shot to death in an apparent double-homicide and suicide at a central Missouri home.

Authorities identify Springfield homicide victim

Police have identified a Springfield homicide victim as a 48-year-old woman.

Bridge connecting St. Louis, East St. Louis set to reopen

The Martin Luther King Bridge connecting East St. Louis to St. Louis is set to reopen after being closed for construction.

Police: Autopsy findings confirm 18-year-old killed self

An autopsy report shows that an 18-year-old who exchanged gunfire with police in suburban St. Louis died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was not hit by any officer's bullets.

Manziel gets benched for off-field behavior

From starter to third-stringer. Johnny Manziel partied his way out of the lineup during Cleveland’s bye week.

Southeast Missouri quarterback earns nod as freshman of the year

Top-ranked Jacksonville State took two of the four Ohio Valley Conference awards with John Grass the coach of the year and quarterback Eli Jenkins the offensive player of the year.

Big 12 schedule not back-loaded for top teams in 2016

There will be a little more separation for the big games in the Big 12 next season.

Tuesday's NHL Capsule

Games played on Nov. 24, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry scored two goals apiece, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from a third-period deficit for their 21st straight home victory over the Calgary Flames, 5-3 Tuesday night.

Ryan expects QB Taylor to play at Kansas City

Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor should be healthy enough to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Hannibal hotel closes after Legionnaires' bacteria found

A hotel in northeast Missouri's Hannibal is temporarily closed after health officials found evidence of the respiratory-related Legionnaires' disease there.

Starr could attend final game in Green Bay

Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr has been tossing the football again as he prepares to return to Lambeau Field for a special ceremony on Thanksgiving honoring another Green Bay Packers legend, Brett Favre.

16 Arthur Ashe artifacts could fetch up to $120K

Items reflecting the public and private life of Arthur Ashe are going on the auction block.

New Rocky story ‘Creed’ aims to show brutality and theatricality

Sylvester Stallone knows most of Rocky Balboa’s famous fights would have been stopped by a real-life referee long before the battered and bloodied fictional heavyweight champion rallies his will to win.

Tuesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Nov. 24, 2015

Paul George scored a season-high 40 points and made seven 3-pointers, part of a franchise-record 19 by the Indiana Pacers in a 123-106 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.