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Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule on a challenge to the presidential election, with the government on Friday dismissing an unprecedented request by the African Union continental body to delay releasing the final results because of "serious doubts" about the vote. Upholding the official results could spark new violence in…

Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams' family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. The family says in a statement released Friday that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days. Her family says treatment is necessary and will include…

Glen Wood, auto racing pioneer and patriarch, dies at 93

Glen Wood, the courtly and innovative patriarch of the famed Wood Brothers Racing team who had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 93. Wood Brothers announced the death of its team founder on social media, saying he died in Stuart, Virginia, after a long illness. Wood…

Florida deputy fired for hitting wheelchair-bound inmate

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy has been fired after an investigation into allegations that he hit an inmate in a wheelchair. Pinellas County Sheriff's officials said in an email that 46-year-old Deputy Aaron Hull was fired Thursday for using excessive force on an inmate on Sept. 24. An investigation found that Hull…

The Latest: Airstrike in IS-held area in Syria kills 20

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The Syrian opposition says the new U.N. special envoy for Syria has met with officials from the High Negotiations Committee. HNC said Geir Pedersen and opposition officials discussed "all points that could lead to a political solution." It released a…

Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit people trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria Friday, killing at least 20 including children, opposition activists and the country's state media reported. The airstrike on the IS-held village of Baghouz comes as the offensive against the extremists by U.S.-backed fighters…

Official: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' foreign minister says the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo on the eastern Mediterranean island because Washington acknowledges its contribution to bolstering stability and security in the region. Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides told the Associated Press on Friday that Washington sees the "added value" of allowing Cyprus…

Noomi Rapace explores the female bodyguard life in 'Close'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Vicky Jewson was looking for women with dangerous jobs to get inspiration for her next project when she came across the name Jacquie Davis. Davis is a bodyguard, a rare profession for a woman, and has in the past 30 years protected everyone from royals to celebrities like Nicole Kidman…

The Latest: Condemned Ohio defendant seeks execution delay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a man convicted in an Ohio killing who faces execution next month (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Lawyers for a man condemned to death in Ohio are asking the state's high court to delay the inmate's execution next month. The attorneys cite a federal judge's finding that Ohio's…