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With over 100,000 dead and about 30,000 missing, the war on drugs unleashed by President Felipe Calderon on Dec. 11, 2006 has had a death toll comparable to some of the Central American civil wars of the 1980s. 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The Caballeros Templarios exerted near-total control of the lives of Michoacan residents, telling them when to pick limes or avocados, and determining what price they would get paid. While they largely chased the Templarios out, other new gangs have taken root, though without the total, brazen control of the old cartels. 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CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) \u2014 Ten years after Mexico declared a war on drugs, the offensive has left some major drug cartels splintered and many old-line kingpins like Joaquin \"El Chapo\" Guzman in jail, but done little to reduce crime or violence in the nation's roughest regions.

Some say the war has been a crucial, but flawed, effort. Others argue the offensive begun by then-President Felipe Calderon on Dec. 11, 2006, unleashed an unnecessary tragedy with more than 100,000 people dead and about 30,000 missing \u2014 a toll comparable to the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.

In some places, homicide rates have lessened. In others, the killings continue unabated. The drawn-out conflict has also had a profound effect on those close to the cross-hairs of suffering: youths inured to extreme violence; adults so fed-up with poor and corrupt policing that they took up arms as vigilantes; and families who banded together in the face of authorities' inability to find their vanished loved ones.

A law enforcement official in the northern border state of Tamaulipas told The Associated Press he now routinely encounters young cartel gunmen who have few regrets about their vocation. In fact, they see killing as the best way to afford things like smartphones, cars and girlfriends.

\"I ask them, 'What do you want to be?' And they say, 'To be a chief look-out and have a narco-corrido song written about me,\" said the official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name. \"As young as they are, they have no other aspiration in life.\"

He recalled the case of one 16-year-old who kidnapped, killed and mutilated his victims, and then took selfies with the cut-up bodies. A decade into the war, the violence is the only reality his generation has ever known.

\"The kids who are getting arrested now, from about 14 years old and up, they have grown up with crime,\" the official said. \"It is something completely normal to them.\"

Now the state faces a new challenge: Many of the older cartel gunmen jailed early on were convicted only of lesser weapons charges, as prosecutors are often unable to make organized-crime or money-laundering charges stick, and some are being released and returning to their old ways.

While Tamaulipas has calmed somewhat after reaching horrifying murder levels around 2010-2012, there are still shootouts and mass graves and piles of bodies \u2014 only no longer as frequently. Arrests and deaths have fractured the hyper-violent Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas, but the result has been a dozen smaller factions at war with each other for control.

\"Right now, if there's anything good in this whole bad situation, it is that these groups don't have that much power anymore,\" former FBI agent Arturo Fontes said. \"But they are divided, and that is why there is a lot of chaos.\"

Mexico's armed forces have increasingly been pulled into the conflict because police forces are often corrupt or unreliable. That has had its own toll on the troops, who are frequently ambushed and accused of illegally executing detained cartel suspects in some cases.

Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos noted that the army's involvement was only supposed to be temporary while policing was reformed.

\"Ten years ago it was decided that the police should be rebuilt, and we still haven't seen that reconstruction,\" Cienfuegos said. \"This isn't something that can be solved with bullets. It requires other measures, and there has not been decisive action on budgets to make that happen.\"

Calderon launched the drug counteroffensive by sending troops to his home state of Michoacan, where the Familia Michoacana drug gang and later the Knights Templar cartel have dominated many aspects of daily life, such as telling residents when to pick crops and determining what price they would get. Through extortion, the gangs took a cut of every industry in the state.

Citizens formed vigilante groups and largely chased the Knights Templar out, though other gangs have since taken root.

\"Things are the same as far as crime,\" said Hipolito Mora, the founder of one of the first \"self-defense\" militias. \"The government has to do more to combat the corruption in itself. If they don't do that, nothing is going to work. It is the corruption within the government that creates tolerance for organized crime.\"

At the same time, Mora, who also owns a lime orchard, said the new cartels no longer try to dictate when he can harvest or burn down the warehouses of people who disobey their orders.

Bigger gains can be seen in places like Ciudad Juarez, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas, and where an average of 10 people were killed each day at the height of the city's violence in 2008-2010. In Chihuahua state, home to Juarez, homicides have fallen by about two-thirds since it began a stepped-up policing effort in 2010.

But in some places, things seem to be getting worse.

In the southern state of Guerrero, authorities routinely report grim discoveries: mass graves containing the bodies of kidnap victims, severed human heads dumped in public, federal agents burned to death on a highway. The once-glamorous resort of Acapulco is now one of the world's deadliest cities.

In Iguala, Guerrero, where 43 teachers' college students disappeared in 2014, relatives of other people who have vanished were emboldened enough to form a group to search for their own missing loved ones. So far they have found and gotten authorities to exhume 18 bodies from clandestine graves \u2014 a measure of closure at least for those families, when missing-persons cases have long been routinely written off by police.

While the government has created support agencies for victims and improved its handling of investigations and bodies, it is grass-roots groups like The Other Disappeared that have mainly been responsible for such small victories.

\"If there has been anything good that has come out of all of this, I would say it is the awakening of the victims,\" said group co-founder Adriana Bahena, whose husband disappeared in 2011.

Raul Benitez, a security specialist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said Calderon was right to fight the cartels but argued that the government has failed to stop corruption within its own ranks.

\"Without that,\" Benitez said, \"the strategy will always fail.\"

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) \u2014 Southwest Airlines is hoping to resume recently suspended flights between Los Angeles and three resort cities in Mexico beginning Sunday.

The airline had cancelled all its flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun since Wednesday because all the necessary paperwork hadn't been completed.

Southwest says Mexican authorities issued the permits Friday night to clear the way for the airline to resume its Los Angeles service to and from the cities affected by the shutdown.

A total of 40 flights were canceled during the four-day suspension of service. Southwest says it is trying to rebook the passengers on the canceled flights.

Separately, American Airlines says it also has received the paperwork it needed to begin service between Miami and the Mexico city of Merida.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) \u2014 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the \"impossible dream\" of ending a half-century-long civil war.

A smiling Santos received his Nobel diploma and gold medal at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, for his efforts to end a conflict that has killed 220,000 people and displaced 8 million.

\"Ladies and gentlemen, there is one less war in the world, and it is the war in Colombia,\" the 65-year-old head of state said, referring to the historic peace deal this year with leftist rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Santos used his acceptance speech to celebrate the end of the longest-running conflict in the Americas, pay tribute to its victims and call for a strategy shift in another, related war \u2014 on drug trafficking worldwide.

Just a few years ago, imagining the end of the bloodshed in Colombia \"seemed an impossible dream, and for good reason,\" Santos said, noting that very few Colombians could even remember their country at peace.

The initial peace deal was narrowly rejected by Colombian voters in a shock referendum result just days before the Nobel Peace Prize announcement in October.

Many believed that ruled out Santos from winning this year's prize, but the Norwegian Nobel Committee \"saw things differently,\" deputy chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said.

\"The peace process was in danger of collapsing and needed all the international support it could get,\" she said in her presentation speech.

A revised deal was approved by Colombia's Congress last week.

Several victims of the conflict attended the prize ceremony, including Ingrid Betancourt, who was held hostage by FARC for six years, and Leyner Palacios, who lost 32 relatives including his parents and three brothers in a FARC mortar attack.

\"The FARC has asked for forgiveness for this atrocity, and Leyner, who is now a community leader, has forgiven them,\" the president said. Palacios stood up to applause from the crowd.

FARC leaders, who cannot travel because they face international arrest warrants by the U.S., were not in Oslo. A Spanish lawyer who served as a chief negotiator for FARC represented the rebel group at the ceremony.

Colombians have reacted to Santos' prize with muted emotion amid deep divisions over the peace deal. The vast majority didn't bother to vote in October's referendum. For many Colombians in big cities, Santos' overriding focus on ending a conflict that had been winding down for years has diverted attention from pressing economic concerns.

Santos' speech made a reference to fellow Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, this year's surprise winner of the literature award, by citing the lyrics of one of his most famous songs, \"Blowin' in the Wind.\"

The president also used the Nobel podium to reiterate his call to \"rethink\" the war on drugs, \"where Colombia has been the country that has paid the highest cost in deaths and sacrifices.\"

Santos has argued that the decades-old U.S.-promoted war on drugs has produced enormous violence and environmental damage in nations that supply cocaine, and needs to be supplanted by a global focus on easing laws prohibiting consumption of illegal narcotics.

\"It makes no sense to imprison a peasant who grows marijuana, when nowadays, for example, its cultivation and use are legal in eight states of the United States,\" he said.

The other Nobel Prizes were presented at a separate ceremony in Stockholm to the laureates in medicine, chemistry, physics and economics. Dylan wasn't there \u2014 he declined the invitation, citing other commitments.

The crowd still gave Dylan a standing ovation after a Swedish Academy member praised his work in a speech.

An awkward moment ensued as American singer-songwriter Patti Smith, performing Dylan's \"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall,\" forgot the lyrics midway through.

\"I apologize. I'm sorry, I'm so nervous,\" Smith said, asking the orchestra to start over, as the formally dressed audience comforted her with gentle applause.

In a speech read by U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji at the Nobel banquet later Saturday, Dylan alluded to the debate about whether a songwriter deserved the Nobel Prize in literature.

Dylan said when William Shakespeare was working on \"Hamlet,\" he probably was thinking about which actors to pick and where he could find a skull.

\"I'm sure the farthest thing from Shakespeare's mind was: 'Is this literature?'\" Dylan said.

Like the Bard of Avon, Dylan said, he also deals with \"mundane matters\" such as whether he's recording in the right key and not whether his songs are literature.

However, he thanked the Swedish Academy for considering that question \"and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.\"

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Associated Press writer Joshua Goodman in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Red-suited revelers have fanned out across New York City's bars despite efforts by a community group to deter the annual pub crawl known as SantaCon.

Fliers that claimed SantaCon had been canceled went up in some neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn as Saturday's holiday bacchanal approached.

The group behind the fliers, New York City Residents, wants the rowdy event to shut down permanently.

SantaCon has ballooned to thousands of people over the years. It grew from a 1994 San Francisco \"Santarchy\" that satirized Christmas consumerism into bashes in over 300 cities. New York's SantaCon has earned a bad-Santa reputation over the years.

Organizers describe SantaCon as a creative take on holiday traditions of festive dress and good cheer. They say it also raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) \u2014 The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith insisted Saturday that he did so only after a drunken, irate Smith retrieved a gun from his damaged SUV following an April 9 car crash.

\"I knew for a fact that I was going to get shot,\" Cardell Hayes, 29, told the jury in his second-degree murder trial, adding that he heard a pop that he believed to be a gunshot before he fired. Hayes also insisted he didn't shoot Smith's wife Racquel that night. Prosecutors say ballistics evidence shows otherwise.

Hayes' defense lawyers rested their case Saturday afternoon, setting the stage for closing arguments and the beginning of jury deliberations Sunday.

On the stand, Hayes vehemently denied intentionally running into Smith's Mercedes SUV moments after the Mercedes appeared to have bumped Hayes' car. He said he armed himself only after he and his own passenger were accosted by Smith and Richard Hernandez, a passenger in the SUV. Hernandez, he said, wildly stripped off his shirt and took something shiny from his pocket \u2014 Hayes said he feared it was a knife.

Smith didn't initially notice the gun, Hayes said. He said Smith, 34, threw a cup containing some type of alcohol at him and punched him repeatedly. At some point during the fast-unfolding melee, Hernandez alerted Smith to Hayes' gun, Hayes said under questioning from defense lawyer John Fuller.

Hayes testified that Smith addressed him with a racial epithet and then told him, \"... you got your gun. Well I'm going to get mine and I'll show you what to do with it.\"

Hayes said Hernandez, a white Hispanic who fled the scene, also used racial epithets.

However, race has not been raised as an alleged factor in the confrontation. Hayes and Kevin O'Neal, his passenger, are black, and so was Smith.

Hayes was calm and soft spoken under questioning from Fuller, his voice catching briefly as he noted that he has been jailed since the shooting, unable to be with his 6-year-old son. He was the only witness to place a gun in Smith's hand that night. Police say a loaded gun was found in Smith's SUV. Prosecutors say it was never fired that night and that Smith never grabbed it.

Hayes fired a .45-caliber handgun numerous times. Racquel Smith was hit twice in the legs, and Will Smith once in the side and seven times in the back. Hayes and others have testified that she tried to calm her husband that night. Some prosecution witnesses say she appeared to have done so and that there was no apparent reason for Hayes to fire.

On cross examination, Assistant Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Napoli repeatedly noted that no other witness said Smith had a gun and that Hayes never told investigators he saw a gun in Smith's hands that night.

\"I never gave a full statement to anyone,\" Hayes said, growing testy as Napoli asked about inconsistencies in his testimony and past statements.

Prosecutors also called a rebuttal witness \u2014 a firearms expert who said there was no evidence Smith had fired a gun when he died.

The first witnesses called Saturday were friends of Hayes who said he was in a good mood and was not drinking at a party before the crash. Among Saturday morning's spectators was Saints coach Sean Payton. Smith was a defensive leader on the Payton-coached Saints team that won the 2010 Super Bowl.

Prosecutors rested their case Friday after nearly a week of hearing from witnesses, including Racquel Smith.

She and Smith's former teammate Pierre Thomas were among prosecution witnesses who said Smith's anger seemed to have cooled before the gunfire. But Hayes' passenger in the Hummer insisted that Smith and others with him were the aggressors.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2gx9a6G ) nearly 24,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power.

Light-rail lines were delayed primarily because of ice on the east side of town and downed power lines closed a number of streets.

The ice followed snow that fell Friday.

All lanes of Interstate 84 were closed Saturday morning from Troutdale to Hood River because of icy conditions.

Portland General Electric spokesman Steve Corson says there was quite a bit of ice that weighed down the trees and frozen limbs started to drop.

The National Weather Service also issued an ice storm warning and winter storm warning for much of the Columbia River Gorge through early Saturday and said travel would be difficult.

In Washington, the State Patrol said Friday night that troopers had investigated 113 collisions in the past 24 hours in King County.

A winter storm warning was issued through Saturday afternoon for Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon.

___

Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) \u2014 Witnesses and an official say the roof of a church has collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 60 people.

Congregants say the Reigners Bible Church in Uyo city was still under construction when it was used for a ceremony to ordain a bishop Saturday.

They say hundreds of people were inside when metal girders crashed and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

A rescue official says at least 60 people died but the toll could mount as a crane removes debris. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

The state government says it will investigate if anyone compromised building standards.

In 2014, 116 people died when a multi-story building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) \u2014 Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan's \"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall\" at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday.

The American singer-songwriter forgot the lyrics in the second verse and had to pause to regain her composure.

\"I apologize. I'm sorry, I'm so nervous,\" Smith said, asking the orchestra to start over.

The audience in Stockholm's Concert Hall, many dressed in formal attire, clapped to support Smith as she tried anew.

She appeared to draw a blank again in the third verse, but only briefly, and finished the song with an emotional performance that left some in the crowd misty-eyed.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) \u2014 Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial.

Roof's two-hour confession to killing nine people at a church Bible study, recorded the day after the shooting, was introduced as evidence Friday, along with a handwritten journal found in his car.

\"How could our faces, skin color and body structure be so different, but our brains exactly the same?\" Roof wrote in one of the less offensive passages.

In the video, Roof laughed repeatedly and made exaggerated gun motions as he described the massacre. He wanted to leave at least one person alive to tell what happened, he explained, complaining that his victims \"complicated things\" by hiding under tables.

He thought about shooting drug dealers, but they might shoot back, he said. Instead, Roof told the FBI, he picked the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015 because there likely wouldn't be white people there, and the people he chose to slaughter were more likely to be meek.

\"I knew that would be a place to get a small amount of black people in one area,\" Roof said, later adding, \"They're in church. They weren't criminals or anything.\"

Roof's lawyers have conceded that he carried out the attack, and are focused on persuading jurors to spare his life in the penalty phase of the trial. They said in opening statements they will call few or no witnesses. Testimony continues next week, and prosecutors said they may rest their case Wednesday.

Along with the overt racism, Roof's confession and notes show the then-21-year-old as naive and immature. He wrote a note apologizing to his mother and saying \"as childish as it sounds, I wish I was in your arms.\"

But Roof meticulously prepared for the shootings. He carried eight magazines that could each hold 13 rounds, but loaded only 11 each so that he could shoot 88 times. That's a revered number among white supremacists, standing for \"Heil Hitler\" because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

At one point, an agent asked if Roof had thought about killing more blacks.

\"Oh, no. I was worn out,\" Roof said.

Roof said he left bullets in a magazine so that he could kill himself after the slayings, but changed his mind when he didn't immediately see any police.

He apparently hadn't heard the news during his 17 hours on the run. About 45 minutes into his interview with the FBI, an agent decided to tell him that nine people were dead.

\"There wasn't even that many people in there,\" Roof said incredulously. \"Are you lying to me?\"

The video is blurry, making it hard to see Roof's facial expressions. After being told the details, an agent asked how he felt.

\"Well, it makes me feel bad,\" said Roof, who earlier in the confession estimated he might have killed five.

Roof said he wanted to kill black people because he believed they rape white women daily. Agents asked why he chose Emanuel AME; he said it's because he saw it described online as the oldest black church in the South.

Survivor Felicia Sanders testified that said Roof sat through the Bible study beside pastor Clementa Pinckney, and opened fire as the rest of the group of 12 closed their eyes for a final prayer.

\"I was sitting there thinking about whether I should do it or not. That's why I sat there for 15 minutes. I could have walked out,\" Roof said.

Church surveillance videos indicate Roof was actually inside for about 45 minutes.

Roof also said the killing of Trayvon Martin was a turning point in his life. Martin, a young unarmed black man, was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting. Roof said he started researching black crime against whites on the internet.

He told the agents he didn't talk about his racist beliefs with his friends or family: \"They probably won't agree with me \u2014 you know what I'm saying?\"

Roof hardly looked up as his confession played, mostly shuffling papers in front of him, as he has through much of the trial.

In the recording, he told FBI agents he could never look at the families of his victims. And throughout the trial, he has not looked at the dozens relatives in the courtroom.

___

Follow Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jeffrey-collins.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) \u2014 A former executive at a mega-construction company cited Brazilian President Michel Temer 44 times during testimony to federal prosecutors in a corruption probe, making accusations of illegal campaign financing that put his embattled administration at an even bigger risk of ending within months.

The 82-pages of testimony by former Odebrecht director Claudio Melo Filho was obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday. If his allegations that Temer illegally financed his campaign are confirmed by Brazil' top electoral court next year, the president will be removed and Congress will pick a successor.

Melo Filho, one of the many executives who signed plea-bargain deals in the corruption investigation at state-run oil giant Petrobras, made accusations against Temer, senior Cabinet members and close aides and allies of the president.

About 100 business executives and politicians have already been arrested or are under investigation in Brazil for allegedly overcharging contracts with Petrobras and other state-run companies to pay for bribes and election campaigns.

In the most damaging of Melo Filho's accusations against Temer, the former executive told prosecutors that in 2014 his colleagues at Odebrecht agreed to illegally contribute some $3 million to finance Temer's party's election campaign.

At the time, Temer was both Brazil's vice president and chairman of the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, known as the PMDB.

Melo Filho said he took part in a dinner with Temer at the vice presidential residence where the agreement was reached.

\"Michel Temer requested, directly and personally to Marcelo (Odebrecht) financial support for the PMDB campaigns in 2014,\" Melo Filho told prosecutors, referring to the former CEO of the construction company.

Temer, who took over Brazil's presidency after his ally-turned-enemy Dilma Rousseff was impeached in May, issued a statement dismissing the allegations, calling them \"false accusations.\"

The plea-bargain testimony needs to be validated by Brazil's top court to count as evidence in the electoral court investigation, but adversaries of Temer are already calling for his impeachment.

The former Odebrecht executive said that most of the $3 million was used to finance Temer's candidate in the 2014 Sao Paulo state gubernatorial race, Paulo Skaf.

The rest of the money, according to Melo Filho's allegations, was channeled to the man who is now Temer's chief-of-staff, Eliseu Padilha. The executive also suggested that part of the money was paid in cash to Jose Yunes, another aide and close friend of Temer.

Melo Filho described Padilha as one of \"Temer's frontman\" in the illegal payments. He said the same about Wellington Moreira Franco, one of the president's closest advisers and an executive at Brazil's privatization initiative.

Yunes, Padilha and Franco have already denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Many other key Brazilian politicians are accused of corruption in Melo Filho's plea-bargain testimony.

The revelations are the latest scandal against an embattled president who has lost six ministers in six months, most of them to corruption allegations.

Allies of former President Dilma Rousseff also appear in the plea bargain as beneficiaries of bribes, although she is not implicated. Rousseff was removed from office in August for breaking fiscal laws.

Melo Filho also said that a man with close access to Rousseff was repeatedly paid off in exchange for access to the former president. Anderson Dornelles was a long-time aide of the impeached leader and was the main responsible for her schedule.

Rousseff denied any knowledge of Dornelles' relationship with Odebrecht.

_____

AP reporter Stan Lehman contributed from Sao Paulo.

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HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) \u2014 Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager is returning to her native New Jersey to lead a holiday parade.

Kellyanne Conway will be grand marshal of Saturday's Christmas parade in Hammonton, where Trump topped Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election.

The Hammonton Fire Department says Conway was raised in Atco and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Hammonton in 1985. She spent summers working at Indian Brand Blueberry Farms before leaving for college in Washington, D.C.

Conway will also receive a key to the city.

A group that bills itself as an anti-fascist organization said it plans to protest what it views as the politicization of the parade. South Jersey Antifa said Conway was not an \"acceptable role model.\"

A message left with Trump's spokeswoman wasn't immediately returned.

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ISTANBUL (AP) \u2014 Two explosions struck Saturday night outside a major soccer stadium in Istanbul after fans had gone home, an attack that wounded about 20 police officers, Turkish authorities said. One of the blasts was thought to be a car bomb and the second appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomber.

Police cordoned off the area as smoke rose from behind the newly built Vodafone Arena Stadium, known colloquially as Besiktas Stadium after the local team and neighborhood. Witnesses also heard gunfire after the explosions.

The first and larger explosion took place about 10:30 p.m. after the home team Besiktas beat visitor Bursaspor 2-1 in the Turkish Super League.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who gave the casualty toll and said the wounded were police officers, rushed from Ankara to Istanbul.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. This year Istanbul has witnessed bombings attributed by authorities to the Islamic State group or claimed by Kurdish militants.

\"It is thought to be a car bomb at a point where our special forces police were located, right after the match at the exit where Bursaspor fans exited, after the fans had left,\" Soylu was quoted as saying by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. \"We have no information on the number of dead. God willing, we hope there won't be any.\"

Speaking later to reporters in Istanbul, he said the first explosion took place on a hill adjacent to and overlooking the stadium. The second explosion struck Macka Park and was believed to be a suicide bomb.

The private NTV channel said the target of the first attack was a bus for riot police.

Television images showed more than a dozen ambulances on a street hugging the stadium and a police helicopter flying overhead with its searchlights on. The window glass of nearby buildings was shattered by the blasts and coated the pavement. Investigators, including Istanbul Police Chief Mustafa Caliskan, were quickly on the scene.

The Besiktas sports club \"strongly condemned\" terrorism and the attack in a statement posted on its website.

Bursaspor said none of the wounded were fans and issued a statement saying \"we wish a speedy recovery to our wounded citizens.\"

Turkey's radio and television board issued a temporary coverage ban citing national security concerns. It said \"to avoid broadcasts that can result in public fear, panic or chaos, or that will serve the aims of terrorist organizations.\"

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin were also notified about the attack, Anadolu said.

___

Cinar Kiper in Istanbul contributed reporting.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) \u2014 The Romanian prime minister's tieless look has become a talking point before the parliamentary election, applauded by some, but also a reason for disapproval in the conservative Eastern European country.

Dacian Ciolos, is the first prime minister, after Petre Roman, a university professor who played a key role in Romania's 1989 revolution, to provoke public debate for not wearing a tie in formal public appearances.

A former European Union commissioner, Ciolos was appointed premier in Nov. 2015 to head a government of technocrats, after Victor Ponta was forced to resign over massive anger about a nightclub fire that killed 64.

Roman became famous for his red jumper and dazzling smile. He fought in the revolution where more than 1,100, died and donned his famous red jumper as he was named provisional prime minister during the revolt, after Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown and executed After he was formally appointed prime minister, he began wearing ties.

Ciolos' decision to go tieless during the electoral campaign is perceived as a political gesture, not a fashion statement.

\"It shows that he is relaxed and doesn't want to create a distance between himself and the average person,\" said Lia Galic, an English teacher.

However, others said the lack of neckwear, was irksome.

\"It is a lack of respect. How can he appear without a tie? Even crooks wear ties. He mocked us,\" said Valentina Lupan, an architect.

In contrast, Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the Social Democrats who are expected to come first in Sunday's election, has worn a plain red or blue tie in pre-election appearances.

Ciolos gave an interview to The Associated Press this week in a room where the photos of former Romanian prime ministers adorn the walnut-paneled walls. Prime ministers of the 19th-century wore uniforms. In the early part of the 20th century, a couple wore black ties, including all-black bow ties.

The first Romania prime minister to make a bold statement with his tie was Communist Prime Minister Petru Groza, who came to power in 1945, and wore a striped tie.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Latest developments on Donald Trump's transition to the presidency (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is moving closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, following a private meeting with the business leader.

That's according to several people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team.

Trump has privately signaled to associates that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered him the job as of Saturday afternoon. Some advisers worry that Tillerson's ties to Russia would lead to a contentious Senate confirmation hearing and keep alive questions about Trump's own relationship with Moscow.

The people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose the internal deliberations.

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3:50 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is being greeted with cheers at the annual Army-Navy football game in Baltimore.

The incoming president waved to the crowd from outside a private box as he arrived at the stadium during the first quarter of the storied rivalry.

Trump was inside the box of a West Point graduate and planned to spend the second half in the box of retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.

He was joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and top adviser Steve Bannon.

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1:20 p.m.

Donald Trump has met with Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the incoming president considers his options for secretary of state.

Tillerson is under serious consideration to lead the State Department and also met with Trump earlier this week. Trump is also considering former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton.

Trump's transition team said Friday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had withdrawn from consideration for the post.

Tillerson's meeting Saturday was described by a person familiar with the private gathering who was not authorized to discuss it.

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11:20 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump will spend the first half of Saturday's Army-Navy game in the box of David Urban, a West Point graduate and Republican adviser and the second half in the box of retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a graduate of Annapolis.

A Trump transition official says Trump will not formally switch sides at halftime in the traditional symbol of commander-in-chief neutrality because he is not the sitting president. The team member spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the president-elect's plans.

Trump is expected to join several advisers, including incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon.

Trump is a 1964 graduate of the New York Military Academy near West Point.

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10:40 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has deleted and reissued a tweet after receiving criticism on social media for bad spelling.

Trump put out a fresh tweet accusing CNN of reporting \"ridiculous\" fake news, arguing he won't let his television show conflict with his presidency. Hours earlier, he had misspelled the word as \"rediculous.\"

\"Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue \u2014 FAKE NEWS!\" he wrote in the corrected tweet.

The latest tweet drew some commentary about the president-elect, who has flubbed words on previous occasions on Twitter.

\"Are they still rediculous, too as per the original tweet?\" tweeted @JoelNihlean in response.

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6:45 a.m.

Donald Trump is tweeting about television again \u2014 this time accusing CNN of reporting \"rediculous\" fake news and asserting that he won't let his television show conflict with his presidency.

Trump's Saturday morning tweets follow an announcement by Mark Burnett, the creator of \"The Apprentice,\" that the president-elect remains an executive producer on the show.

Trump's spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway, said on CNN Friday that Trump's ties to his reality show are being reviewed for potential conflicts of interest.

At 6:28 a.m., the president-elect tweeted that he has \"NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!\"

Ten minutes later, he tweeted again, saying that \"reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are rediculous & untrue - FAKE NEWS!\"

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2:50 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House.

The future commander-in-chief planned to attend the 117th game between the military academies at West Point and Annapolis, which is being held on relatively neutral ground, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

The appearance caps a week of rolling out Cabinet picks, holding \"thank you\" rallies in North Carolina, Iowa and Michigan, and trying to cement his incoming Senate majority with Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat who represented North Carolina, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill, her family said.

Hagan's brother told The Lakeland Ledger in Florida (http://bit.ly/2hghIjE ) Hagan was rushed to a Washington, D.C., hospital Thursday and was being treated in an intensive care unit.

Joe Ruthven of Lakeland said Hagan didn't have a heart attack and isn't in a coma. He wouldn't give any further details.

Hagan, 63, was elected in 2008 and served one term before she was defeated by Republican Thom Tillis. A spokeswoman said she formerly lived in Lakeland but currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Hagan family said in a statement released to The Associated Press that \"Kay is receiving the best possible medical care.\" It didn't give further details and asked for privacy.

Tillis sent a statement on his Twitter account wishing for Hagan \"a speedy recovery back to good health.\"

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State Saturday, meeting privately with the business leader for the second time in a week. Trump's transition team cautioned that no announcement was expected over the weekend.

Trump has privately signaled that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered him the job as of Saturday afternoon, according to people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team. Some advisers worry that Tillerson's ties to Russia would lead to a contentious Senate confirmation hearing and keep alive questions about Trump's own relationship with Moscow.

The CIA has assessed with \"high confidence\" that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of Trump, who spoke throughout the campaign about improving Washington's relationship with Moscow. Tillerson rose to prominence through Exxon's Russian energy business and was awarded Russia's Order of Friendship.

The president-elect's deliberations over his pick to lead the State Department \u2014 particularly his consideration of Mitt Romney for the post \u2014 have exposed anew the deep rivalries within Trump's team. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway warned publicly that Trump supporters would feel betrayed if he were to choose a fierce rival for the post, especially given that some loyal allies \u2014 most notably former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani \u2014 also wanted the job.

Giuliani officially took himself out of consideration for the Cabinet on Friday, though his standing had already been diminished. In addition to Romney, Trump has also been considering Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The people who have spoken to Trump and the transition team about the State Department decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the internal deliberations publicly.

Internal divisions were also complicating efforts to set up Trump's senior White House staff. Longtime aides are fearful of being left out of the mix as incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus builds out the West Wing team. Trump had given Priebus wide authority in the decision-making over White House jobs.

But four people involved in the transition said Trump was irritated after learning of his loyalists' frustrations with Priebus in recent press reports. Trump made his displeasure clear to Priebus, who has begun outreach to some of the people who worked on Trump's campaign from the start.

Two of those sources said Trump's irritation contributed to a decision to hold off on announcing his pick to succeed Priebus at the Republican National Committee. Priebus, who is fiercely protective of the RNC, is said to back Michigan GOP chair Ronna Romney McDaniel for the job. She appeared at Trump's rally in Michigan Friday night, but no announcement was made.

McDaniel, who is Mitt Romney's niece, is still likely to get the RNC job, a Trump transition official said.

Priebus was among a handful of Trump advisers who traveled with him to Maryland Saturday for the annual Army-Navy football game. The president-elect was cheered by the crowd as he joined decorated officers in private boxes at the stadium and he pumped his fist in the air a couple of times.

The president-elect flew to Maryland from New York, where he'd met privately with Tillerson. Trump is said to be intrigued by the prospect of putting an international businessman at the State Department. He's already selected others with predominantly private sector experience to his Cabinet, including billionaire investor Wilbur Ross for Commerce.

The 64-year-old Tillerson is a Texas native who joined Exxon straight out of college in 1975 and never left. He held posts in the company's operations in both Yemen and Russia.

Success in the latter post required aligning the company's interests with that of the Russian government. Early in the company's efforts to gain access to Russian market, Tillerson cut a deal with state-owned Rosneft. The neglected post-Soviet company didn't have a tremendous amount to offer, but Exxon partnered with it \"to be on the same side of the table,\" Tillerson said, according to Private Empire, an investigative history of Exxon by reporter Steve Coll.

Tillerson won the battle to succeed Exxon's past CEO Lee Raymond, who famously declared, \"I'm not a U.S. company and I don't make decisions based on what's good for the U.S.,\" according to Private Empire. Tillerson inherited a company with a vast security force totaling thousands of employees, direct channels with governments worldwide and a strong aversion to American sanctions or limitations on where Exxon could operate.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Baltimore contributed to this report.

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On Twitter, follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Julie Bykowicz at http://twitter.com/bykowicz

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the death of John Glenn (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

John Glenn's hometown church in Ohio is planning a candlelight vigil to celebrate the life and legacy of the late military and space hero.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, in New Concord, where Glenn was a lifetime member, has scheduled the event for 7 p.m. Sunday. It will include readings, singing and prayer.

It's one of several commemorations that have been scheduled for Glenn since his death at age 95 on Thursday.

Glenn is scheduled to lie in state in the Ohio Statehouse rotunda from noon to 8 p.m. Friday. A public memorial service will be held Dec. 17 at Ohio State University's Mershon Auditorium.

Ohio's two U.S. senators say the chamber where Glenn once served as a Democratic U.S. Senator announced the passage of a resolution in his name.

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3:25 p.m.

Members of the public will be given eight hours Friday to pay their respects to John Glenn as the late astronaut-hero lies in state at Ohio's capitol building.

A spokesman said Saturday that Glenn would lie in repose in the Statehouse Rotunda from noon to 8 p.m. under a proposal set for final approval Monday.

A public memorial service at Mershon Auditorium has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. The event will be open to the public but tickets are required. They will be available through the college's website starting Thursday.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He also served as a combat pilot and was a U.S. senator representing Ohio for more than two decades. He died Thursday at the age of 95.

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11:30 a.m.

Ohio's two U.S. senators say the chamber where the late astronaut-hero John Glenn once served has honored him with a resolution.

Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced the measure this week and announced its passage Saturday.

The resolution honors Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, as the first American to orbit the Earth and for his many military and public service accomplishments.

It says the nation is \"deeply indebted\" to Glenn \"for his passion for exploration, commitment to public service and desire to make the world a better place.\"

The Senate will stand adjourned as a mark of respect to Glenn.

A public viewing at the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service for Glenn at Ohio State University's Mershon Auditorium are planned for next week.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) \u2014 Mexican Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, died Saturday, the Culture Ministry announced. He was 62.

Funeral services were planned for later in the day, the ministry said in a statement. On Thursday it announced that he had been hospitalized for evaluation.

President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed condolences through his official Twitter account, calling Tovar \"a passionate and tireless promoter of Mexico and its culture in the world.\"

He also noted that Tovar was the country's first culture secretary.

Pena Nieto named Tovar to the newly created Cabinet-level post in December 2015. Prior to that he had been president of the national culture and arts council.

Tovar served two stints as head of the council, from 1992 to 1999 and again from 2012 to 2015. He was also director of Mexico's National Institute of Fine Arts and ambassador to Italy from 2001 to 2007.

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MOSCOW (AP) \u2014 Russia's Rosneft oil company said Saturday that commodities company Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund will invest $3 billion of their own funds to acquire a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft.

Rosneft said the 10.5-billion euro ($11.1-billion) deal signed Saturday also envisages that Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo will provide loans to finance the acquisition. It added that other unspecified banks will also provide financing and credit support.

Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally broke news on the deal, the largest acquisition in the global energy market this year.

The Kremlin described the privatization of Rosneft as part of efforts to unload some state assets to help balance its budget amid a two-year recession caused by a drop in global oil prices and by Western sanctions against Russia. The state will retain a controlling stake in Rosneft, 49 percent of which now belongs to private investors. BP already owns 19.75 percent of Rosneft.

\"While being extremely complex to execute, this privatization deal marks itself as the largest in the history of Russia,\" Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said in Rosneft's statement. \"Despite what was a challenging market environment, we successfully completed a comprehensive project identifying strategic investors that match the long-term interests of the government of Russian Federation and those of the Russian oil and gas industry.\"

Glencore's involvement has raised eyebrows since Russia's oil industry is targeted by the U.S. and EU sanctions, introduced in 2014 over the Ukrainian crisis.

The sanctions blocked lending for Russian banks, energy and defense companies and prevented them from accessing equity or debt markets for new long-term lending. But they don't cover owning shares in Russian companies, so Glencore does not seem to be violating sanctions with the share purchase.

The deal, however, envisages a strategic partnership for further cooperation, including infrastructure, logistics and global trading. Helping Rosneft with infrastructure would be a breach of the sanctions, and it is not clear right now how the deal could be implemented in this respect.

Glencore's participation in the deal also came as a surprise since the commodities giant is going through difficult financial times and only last year faced doubts about its ability to handle its own debts.

Rosneft said it will also sign a crude oil supply agreement with Glencore.

It quoted Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg as saying the company \"looks forward to working with both parties to take advantage of the significant opportunities which are expected to be presented across the Russian and global oil markets.\"

Putin has noted that the deal comes amid a rally in global oil prices following OPEC's decision to cut production. At a meeting in Vienna on Saturday, Russia and other non-OPEC oil producers also agreed to cut their oil output in sync with OPEC.

Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani, Qatar Investment Authority CEO, was quoted by Rosneft as saying that the deal \"reflects our strategy of investing in high quality assets with strategic partners globally to generate long-term financial returns.\"

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AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) \u2014 Funeral services for one of two south Georgia police officers killed in the line of duty are planned for Sunday.

Americus police officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, was responding to a domestic dispute Wednesday when he and Georgia Southwestern State University campus policeman Jody Smith were fired on.

The Macon Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2gmnxaC) reports Smarr's funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Southwestern State University Storm Dome. Pastor Ricky Smarr and Americus Police Chief Mark Scott are officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Services are pending for Smith, 26, who was to be married in May.

Minquell Lembrick, 32, the suspect in the shootings, was found dead Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Friends and family gathered Friday at Georgia Southwestern to remember the officers, who had been friends since fourth grade and shared an apartment in Sumter County.

\"I have cried and cried and I know I'm going to cry and cry for a long time,\" Sharron Johnson said to about 200 people who'd gathered for a candle-light vigil for her son, Jody Smith, and Smarr. \"But my baby, he's in heaven. He's whole and so is Nick. They were both super guys and they loved each other and they died together. They wouldn't have it any other way.\"

They were both shot after Smith went to back up Smarr at a domestic dispute call at an apartment complex just south of campus.

\"This world is getting wicked, but we've just all got to all band together and love one another and just lift each other up,\" Johnson said through tears, The Macon Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2gwCr1n).

The vigil was organized by Johnny Moore, president of the Sigma Chi fraternity, to \"try to show support for the families, to the local law enforcement and all the first responders here in town.\"

The fraternity, along with Kappa Sigma, gave the families each a $1,000 check.

Scott said the men's friendship \"could never be taken from them and it will never die.\"

\"They were bound to one another from youth all the way to the end,\" the chief said. \"They know what community is about too, and they know what a fraternity is. They were part of another brotherhood, the brotherhood that wears a badge. The brotherhood that goes out and tries to make a difference in this world.\"

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This story has been corrected to fix spelling of Lembrick's first name.

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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) \u2014 Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight IS. Carter said the expanded U.S. involvement was approved by President Barack Obama last week.

On his final tour of the Mideast as Pentagon chief, Carter cast the new troop commitment as evidence that the U.S. backs its anti-IS words with military muscle. He offered an extensive defense of the Obama administration's efforts to defeat the extremists, and he aimed sharp jabs at the region's Arab powers, saying they need to stop complaining of U.S. shortcomings and do more to protect their own neighborhoods.

\"They need to get in the game,\" he said.

Speaking at an international security conference known as the Manama Dialogues, Carter also blasted Russia for its role in Syria. He said Moscow had joined the fighting with the stated goals of smoothing the way for a political transition and to combatting the Islamic State group.

\"But then it did neither of those things,\" he said, \"and instead has only inflamed the civil war and prolonged suffering of the Syrian people.\"

Carter said U.S. partners in the Middle East who are serious about fighting extremism over the long term need to build up their ground and naval forces, special operations forces, and defenses against ballistic missiles and cyber threats.

\"Given the persistent challenges facing the region - and because the future is always uncertain - developing these core capabilities will be ever more crucial to your security,\" he said. \"You ignore them at your peril.\"

He did not criticize any Arab country by name, but it is well known that the key U.S. partners in the region are led by Saudi Arabia. Carter pointedly mentioned the United Arab Emirates as an example of how military capability should be developed and used.

\"The UAE not only acquires effective capabilities, it puts skin in the game,\" he said.

In unusually pointed terms, Carter suggested that some Mideast partner nations are disingenuous in their criticisms of U.S. policy.

\"I would ask you to imagine what U.S. military and defense leaders think when they have to listen to complaints sometimes that we should do more, when it's plain to see that all too often, the ones complaining aren't doing enough themselves,\" he said.

He said it is not unreasonable for Washington to expect regional powers who oppose extremism in the Middle East to do more to help fight it, \"particularly in the political and economic aspects of the campaign.\"

Carter said the 200 extra troops going to Syria will help local forces in their anticipated push to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of the extremist group's self-styled caliphate, and to deny sanctuary to IS after Raqqa is captured.

\"These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 U.S. special operations forces already in Syria, to continue organizing, training, equipping, and otherwise enabling capable, motivated, local forces to take the fight to ISIL,\" Carter said. \"By combining our capabilities with those of our local partners, we've been squeezing ISIL by applying simultaneous pressure from all sides and across domains, through a series of deliberate actions to continue to build momentum,\" he said.

The coalition of Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters that has been working with U.S. trainers and advisers said Saturday it will expand operations against the Islamic State group in northern Syria. The predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which control most of the frontier with Turkey, announced they were moving to the second phase of their \"Wrath of the Euphrates\" operations after recapturing dozens of villages from the extremists north of Raqqa.

The coalition said it would now isolate Raqqa from the west.

The military push is complicated by the predominance of local Kurdish fighters, who are the most effective U.S. partner against IS in Syria but are viewed by Turkey \u2014 a key U.S. ally \u2014 as a terrorist threat.

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Authorities say a Florida mother has been charged with driving under the influence for a crash that killed her two boys.

Television station WTLV (http://fcnews.tv/2hfLzWe ) reports that 33-year-old Tonya Capallia-Eason was arrested Saturday. Authorities say the woman is charged with two felony counts of causing death while driving under the influence.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Capallia-Eason had alcohol in her system when she failed to negotiate a curve, crossed a lane, left the road and struck a utility pole last October. According to police, the SUV she was driving overturned, killing 8-year-old Nehemiah Capallia-Bird and 9-year-old Nicholai Capallia.

Authorities say five other children, ages seven to 15, also were injured and taken to the hospital.

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Information from: WTLV-TV, http://www.wtlv.com/

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) \u2014 Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country.

Jammeh's surprise reversal late Friday was certain to spark outrage among the tens of thousands who took to the streets after Adama Barrow was announced the president-elect in the Dec. 1 vote, shouting \"Freedom!\"

The United States and others quickly rejected Jammeh's new stance, and the African Union on Saturday called for security forces to remain neutral. Soldiers were in the streets of the capital, Banjul, as Gambians closed down shops in fear of unrest.

Barrow said the Independent Electoral Commission is the only competent authority to declare a winner.

\"It was already done so, and I am the president-elect,\" Barrow said. \"President Jammeh is the outgoing president. He is to hand over executive powers to me when his term is expires in January.\"

Jammeh, whose 22-year rule has been marked by repeated accusations of human rights abuses, late Friday announced that he rejects the results of the presidential election, a week after he jovially conceded to Barrow. \"Allah is telling me my time is up,\" he said then.

Jammeh now says investigations have revealed a number of voting irregularities.

The head of the electoral commission, Alieu Momarr Njai, would not comment to The Associated Press on whether Jammeh had filed a formal challenge to the vote.

On Saturday, Barrow recalled Jammeh's telephone call Dec. 2, broadcast on state television, to concede defeat.

\"The outgoing president told me in a simple, clear language that the results were regarded of the people and God,\" Barrow said after meeting with the coalition government at his home.

Barrow, a 51 year-old real estate mogul and former security guard, called on Jammeh to join his side for a smooth transition.

\"Let him know that leaders come and go. Sooner or later, I must also go,\" Barrow said. \"I urge him to change his current position and accept the verdict of the people in good faith for the sake of the Gambia, our homeland, whose people deserve peace and freedom and prosperity.\"

Jammeh's reversal drew swift criticism from the international community. African Union Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Saturday called his rejection of the election results \"null and void.\" The United States government called it an attempt to remain in power illegitimately.

The West African regional body, known as ECOWAS, along with the AU and U.N. urged \"all Gambian stakeholders, including the elected leadership, the armed forces, political parties and civil society organization to reject violence and peacefully uphold the will of the people as clearly expressed through the ballot box.\"

The foreign minister in neighboring Senegal, which surrounds the small country of 1.9 million except for its coastline, called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to address the situation.

The U.N. Security Council called on Jammeh to respect the choice of Gambia's people, and \"to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the president-elect.\"

The Security Council members also \"urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and remain calm,\" and called on international parties, including ECOWAS, to preserve stability and work toward the installation of a democratically elected government in Gambia.

Jammeh's protest is \"an extremely dangerous move that risks leading to instability and possible repression,\" Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International's West Africa researcher, said in a statement.

Jammeh, who seized power in a bloodless 1994 military coup, has long been accused of overseeing a government that imprisons, tortures and sometimes kill its opponents, according to human rights groups.

Mai Ahmad Fatty of the opposition Gambia Moral Congress, one of eight parties that backed Barrow, said the coalition has the will of the people on its side.

\"Remain calm. We are working round the clock to restore sanity. We have the full support of our people. The world is with us,\" Fatty said. \"Gambia cannot afford instability.\"

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An Associated Press reporter in Yundum, Gambia, contributed to this report. AP writers Krista Larson and Abdoulie John in Dakar, Senegal, contributed.

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MANASSAS, Va. (AP) \u2014 A Virginia woman has been charged with child abuse after authorities say she tried to calm a 3-month-old baby by administering the opiate methadone.

The Manassas City Police Department said Friday that the baby was admitted to a local hospital on Dec. 3 in respiratory distress. Tests showed the infant was under the influence of methadone, which is used for controlling opioid addiction.

Police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms tells the Washington Post an investigation revealed 31-year-old Jessica F. Nicholson orally administered the drug in an attempt to calm the baby.

Police didn't say if Nicholson and the child, who is expected to recover, were related.

It wasn't immediately clear if Nicholson had an attorney who would comment on her behalf. A phone listing for her could not be found.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) \u2014 Mexican police have arrested the son of a drug cartel leader who was extradited to the United States.

Federal Police say via their official Twitter account that the man was arrested Friday in the western state of Jalisco along with four others on suspicion of drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder.

His full name is not given, but a police official confirmed Saturday that it was Alfredo Beltran Guzman. The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Beltran Guzman's father is Alfredo Beltran Leyva, a former leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel who in February pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Washington.

Beltran Guzman is also a relative of jailed Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin \"El Chapo\" Guzman.

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