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Records reveal divide on Ferguson police tactics

FILE - In this Aug, 16, 2014 file photo Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, center right, walks among people protesting the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Emails sent to top public-safety officials both criticizing and praising Johnson for appearing to sympathize with protesters illustrate one of the challenges that authorities could face after a grand jury decides whether to charge the police officer who killed Brown _ how to walk a fine line between providing public empathy and security. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly released emails, sent to and from Missouri's top public-safety officials, show that the state police captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death was both vilified and praised for attempting to replace authorities' militarized approach with one more sympathetic to protesters.

All Blacks tweet Samoa support in player row

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams (R) during the Autumn international rugby union Test match against England at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014Several senior All Blacks publicly backed Samoa's players on Thursday over a dispute with the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) and its chairman, the island nation's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. A group of 10 New Zealand players, including superstars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams, tweeted a picture of themselves holding a sign saying #SamoaUnited, which Williams tweeted with the message "Supporting our Samoan brothers". Thousands have tweeted their support, including ex-Wallaby Matt Giteau and All Black legend Tana Umaga.

Japan October trade deficit narrows sharply on export boost

A truck leaves from an international cargo terminal in Tokyo on September 18, 2014Japan's trade deficit narrowed sharply in October, data showed Thursday, as a weaker yen boosted exports while lower oil prices brought down the country's massive energy bill. Japanese exports jumped nearly 10 percent last month, as higher shipments of cars, ships and steel helped the trade balance, while imports ticked up 2.7 percent. The value of shipments to China rose 7.2 percent, while exports to North America climbed 8.5 percent and those to the European Union were up 5.4 percent. Energy costs have weighed heavily on Japan as the resource-poor country struggles to plug its energy gap after the 2011 Fukushima crisis forced the shutdown of nuclear reactors that once supplied more than a quarter of its power.

Cosby under pressure as shows scrapped amid sex claims

Netflix said it was postponing the launch of a new stand-up comedy special, to be called "Bill Cosby 77," which was supposed to be a birthday celebration for Cosby, pictured onstage in October, 2010The US network NBC pulled the plug on a new Bill Cosby sitcom following a similar move by Netflix, piling pressure on the veteran comic over growing sex assault claims. Dickinson said it happened after a dinner they shared in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where she said she had gone to talk about a job offer from Cosby.

Police arrest guru ending India standoff

Indian police use batons and water cannon to disperse supporters, as they storm the ashram of controversial Indian guru Sant Rampal, in search of him at Hisar in Haryana state, India, Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014. Several people were injured in the incident. Rampal, had repeatedly ignored court summons to appear for questioning in the 2006 killing of a villager by his supporters. The supporters had formed a human chain around the ashram in an attempt to prevent police from entering. (AP Photo/ Bansilal Basniwal)NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police have arrested a controversial religious leader at his sprawling ashram in the northern part of the country, ending a days-long standoff in which six people died and hundreds were injured.

10 Things to Know-Thursday

Lavon Massey, 1, holds a sign as immigrants and activists hold a protest outside the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service office in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The event was to draw attention to the possibility that many immigrants living illegally in the United States may not be shielded by an executive order President Barack Obama is expected to sign. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Man charged in NYC subway shove held without bail

This undated arrest photo provided by the New York City Police Department is of Kevin Darden. He has been arrested and is to be charged in the murder of Wai Kuen Kwok on Nov. 16, 2014. Kwok was standing on a platform at the Grand Concourse and East 167th Street station in the Bronx when he was allegedly pushed from behind by Darden. Kwok was struck by an approaching southbound D train and died at the scene. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of shoving a stranger in front of a New York City subway train, killing him, has appeared before a judge who ordered him held without bail.

BHP says demerger plans will drive growth

BHP Billiton's copper mine "La Escondida" in the Antofagasta region in Chile, pictured in March, 2006The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton Thursday defended its plan to split the company by spinning off non-core assets, saying it would generate stronger growth, with a vote on the demerger set for May. BHP announced in August a proposal to create a new independent company by demerging some assets, including aluminium, manganese, silver and selected coal and nickel operations. BHP chairman Jac Nasser said key customer China and other emerging economies would continue to underpin demand for BHP's resources, with the demerger the best way to cut costs and boost productivity in a more challenging future. For BHP Billiton, we can reduce costs and improve the productivity of our largest businesses more quickly," said Nasser.

Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo, shows the National Security Agency's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. A Utah lawmaker is questioning whether city water should be shut off to a massive National Security Agency data-storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Republican Rep. Marc Roberts of Santaquin said he wants to explore whether the data center is getting any sweetheart deals on municipal water and power before a legislative committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City.

Library of Congress honors 'Piano Man' Billy Joel

Singer Billy Joel, recipient of the 2014 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, arrives for a tribute concert in his honor in Washington, DC, November 19, 2014The Library of Congress feted Billy Joel, presenting the American pop music icon with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala concert in the US capital. Created in 2007, the Gershwin Prize honors artists "who have created a lifetime of remarkable works that can be recognized and added to America's national cultural patrimony," said Library of Congress chief James Billington.

Colombia to restart FARC peace talks after kidnapped general is released: government

A demonstrator takes part in a march in support of peace talks in BogotaBOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will return to peace negotiations with Marxist FARC rebels once the liberations of five hostages, including a kidnapped army general, are complete, the president's office said in a statement on Wednesday. The agreement to free the captives was announced in Havana by representatives from Cuba and Norway, who are guarantors of the talks. (Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb)

Democrat retains seat in costliest US House race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has won a hard-fought re-election to a congressional seat in the Sacramento area that was the nation's most expensive House race this year.

Denouncing FIFA, whistleblower fears for safety

LONDON (AP) — A whistleblower in the World Cup bidding controversy fears her treatment by FIFA will prevent people from coming forward with allegations of corruption and says she was approached three years ago by the FBI, which was worried about her safety.

Obama picks NTSB member as new auto safety chief

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, National Transportation Safety Board official Mark Rosekind speaks at a news conference in Reno, Nev. President Obama nominated Rosekind to run the troubled National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)DETROIT (AP) — President Obama is nominating a transportation safety and human fatigue expert to revive the troubled agency charged with keeping the nation's highways safe.

Colombia, FARC in deal to free general: Cuba, Norway

This handout picture released by Colombian Army Press Office, taken on August 15, 2014, shows Colombian Army General Rubén Alzate (L)Havana (AFP) - The Colombian government and FARC rebels Wednesday struck a deal on conditions to free "as soon as possible" a general the guerrillas are holding captive, peace process guarantors said.

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.