Fatalities as freezing rain, floods and ice hit central US

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the holiday weekend.
Brazil to sue dam spill mining companies for $5.2 bn

Brazil's government says it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $5.2 billion in clean-up costs and damages after the deadly collapse of a waste water dam at an iron-ore mineBrasília (AFP) - Brazil's government said Friday it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $5.2 billion in clean-up costs and damages after the deadly collapse of a waste water dam at an iron-ore mine. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said a lawsuit would be filed demanding that the companies and mine operator Samarco, which they co-own, create a fund of 20 billion reais. "There was a huge impact from an environmental point of view," Teixeira said at a press conference.

76ers center Okafor says Boston fight 'dumb on my part'

FILE - In this photo taken on Nov. 20, 2015, Philadelphia 76ers' Jahlil Okafor (8) slips through the lane and past a host of Charlotte Hornets as he scores in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Boston police say they do not plan to investigate an apparent nightclub scuffle involving Okafor unless someone involved comes forward to say they were the victim of a crime. Officer James Kenneally said Friday, NOv. 27, that police responded to reports of a fight outside the nightclub hours after the winless Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. But Kenneally says the participants were gone by the time officers arrived and nobody was arrested or charged. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor says he's embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle captured on video and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline.

NATO seeking to reconcile death totals in Kunduz attack

Graphic locates hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, attacked by U.S. forces and updates with the latest news; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two months after a U.S. warplane mistakenly attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday it remains unclear how many civilians were killed.

Nearly 136 mn expected for US Black Friday sales

A woman waits in line during the Black Friday sale at Bloomingdale's at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City on November 27, 2015Nearly 136 million shoppers are expected to flock to US sales over the Black Friday weekend, both in stores and online, according to the National Retail Federation. "Reports of long lines outside stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday were matched by reports of record-breaking online sales," said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive of NFR, in a statement. Deals often start early, on Thanksgiving, as retailers scramble to take advantage of the shopping frenzy.

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