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Photo -   An official stands by derailed freight train tank cars in Paulsboro, N.J., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. People in three southern New Jersey towns were told Friday to stay inside after a freight train derailed and several tanker cars carrying hazardous materials toppled from a bridge and into a creek. At least one tanker car may contain vinyl chloride, Gloucester County Emergency Management director J. Thomas Butts told WPVI-TV. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
An official stands by derailed freight train tank cars in Paulsboro, N.J., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. People in three southern New Jersey towns were told Friday to stay inside after a freight train derailed and several tanker cars carrying hazardous materials toppled from a bridge and into a creek. At least one tanker car may contain vinyl chloride, Gloucester County Emergency Management director J. Thomas Butts told WPVI-TV. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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DEVELOPING

— WYOMING COLLEGE KILLING — Casper College in Wyoming says at least 1 dead and 1 wounded in attack that locked down campus.

TOP STORIES

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

JERUSALEM — Israel counters swiftly after U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, deciding to build 3,000 more homes for Jews in West Bank settlements. The decision serves as a harsh reminder to Palestinians — euphoric over the U.N. vote — that while they now have a state on paper, most of it remains very much under Israeli control. By Aron Heller and Karin Laub.

AP photos.

—US-ISRAEL —The Obama administration scrambles to salvage what might be left of the Mideast peace process after the United Nations overwhelmingly voted to upgrade the Palestinians' status over strong objections from the U.S. and Israel.

FISCAL CLIFF-ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON — Just weeks before a potentially devastating deadline, negotiations on avoiding the "fiscal cliff" are still in the throat-clearing stage, each side scratching for political leverage before any serious bargaining can begin. An AP news analysis by Special Correspondent David Espo.

—FISCAL CLIFF —President Barack Obama takes his case for tax increases for the wealthy on the road, saying any tax increase for middle-class families would amount to a 'lump of coal' for Christmas.

JESSE JACKSON-SON'S WOES

CHICAGO — In the cluttered office where he's met with top politicians, penned rousing speeches and planned civil rights marches, the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks so softly that one strains at times to hear him. At 71, he still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks extemporaneously on civil rights issues of all kinds. But he struggles when addressing one thing: the son and heir to Jackson's political influence who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. "My heart burns," he tells The Associated Press. By Sophia Tareen.

AP photos.

POWERBALL-JACKPOT

DEARBORN, Mo. — A Missouri couple is now considering adopting another child with their share of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot. "It's really going to be nice to spend time, not have to work, and be able to take trips with our family," says Cindy Hill, who was laid off from her job in June 2010. The Hills will split their prize with whoever holds the other winning ticket sold at a convenience store in Arizona. By Maria Sudekum.

AP photos, video.

MANNING-WIKILEAKS

FORT MEADE, Md. — The Army private accused of handing over reams of classified material to WikiLeaks acknowledges he tied a bedsheet into a noose and contemplated suicide after he was first arrested — testimony that appears to support the military's claim that it took away his clothes and other belongings for his own safety. Pfc. Bradley Manning contends the months-long restrictions were so harsh that the charges against him should be thrown out. By David Dishneau and Ben Nuckols.

BBO--HALL OF FAME-AP SURVEY

NEW YORK — The doors to Cooperstown will likely remain closed next year to baseball's all-time home run king and the most decorated pitcher ever. An Associated Press survey shows that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, as well as slugger Sammy Sosa, don't have enough votes to get into the Hall of Fame.

AP interactive.

GAY THERAPY-LAWSUIT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California law prohibiting mental health providers from counseling gay minors on how to become straight faces its first legal test. Parents who claim their sons have benefited from it and counselors who practice the controversial therapy are asking a judge to block the first-of-its-kind measure. Opponents say it harms young men because it teaches them that being gay is something that can be cured. By Lisa Leff.

AP photos.

INTERNATIONAL

EGYPT

CAIRO — Protesters flood Cairo's Tahrir Square in the second giant rally this week, vowing to bring down a draft constitution approved by Islamist allies of President Mohammed Morsi. The opposition, energized by a newly cohesive leadership, is moving toward a street campaign against Morsi that risks an explosive confrontation with Islamists. By Maggie Michael and Lee Keath.

AP photos, video.

SYRIA-DIVIDED FAMILIES

BEIRUT — Worries over her children torment the matriarch of the Khayyat family: She has four sons fighting in the rebellion against President Bashar Assad — and a fifth serving in Assad's army. Syria's civil war has not only split the country on sectarian lines. More painfully, it has wrenched apart families into bitterly opposed camps. By Zeina Karam.

AP photos.

— SYRIA — Syrian security forces kill 20 Lebanese gunmen who were fighting alongside rebels in Syria, raising tensions amid mounting fears that the Syrian civil war is enflaming the region.

— SYRIA-MILITANTS — Militant leader in Syria seeks Islamic state, says his men do not fear death.

FRANCE-DSK FUTURE

PARIS — His wife is gone. So is any chance at the French presidency. And a large chunk of his dignity. But second acts come in mysterious ways for French politicians, and the man universally dubbed DSK appears to be making cautious attempts at rehabilitating his professional reputation. By Lori Hinnant.

AP photos.

— STRAUSS-KAHN-LAWSUIT — Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn deny settlement reached with NY hotel maid who claimed sex assault. AP photos.

KENYA-AIDS VILLAGE

NYUMBANI, Kenya — Nyumbani is a village born of the AIDS crisis. There are no middle-aged adults — they all died years ago. Only the young and old live here. And a tree planting project could make the village economically self-sustaining. By Jason Straziuso.

AP photos.

— KUWAIT-ELECTON — Kuwait election snub by opposition shifts drama from parliament to streets.

— CLIMATE TALKS — UN climate boss laments lack of public support for strong climate action.

— SPAIN-SHIPWRECK TREASURE — Spain gives a first look at some of the 16 tons of shipwreck treasure worth an estimated $500 million that a U.S. salvage company gave up after a five-year ownership dispute. AP photos.

WASHINGTON

OBAMA CABINET CHANGES

WASHINGTON — Obama could name his next defense secretary in December, far sooner than expected and perhaps in a high-profile package announcement with his choice for secretary of state. The moves, coupled with an opening at the CIA helm, will reshape his national security team headed into a second term. By Ben Feller and Julie Pace.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Testing the waters of what is expected to be a turbulent battle over immigration policy next year, the House votes to make green cards accessible to foreign students graduating with advanced science and math degrees from U.S. universities. By Jim Abrams.

—DEFENSE BILL — Ignoring White House opposition, the Senate votes overwhelmingly to impose tough new sanctions on Iran's domestic industries as it targets the Islamic Republic's economy to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

—CONGRESS-OFFICE LOTTERY — Rep.-elect Julia Brownley of California shimmied and danced, smiling broadly. And that was before she even got the good news: She'd won the lottery. No, not the $588 million Powerball jackpot, but the lottery held for the 70 newly elected House freshmen for the best available office space on Capitol Hill.

NATIONAL

SUPERSTORM-LIBERTY ISLAND

NEW YORK — Tourists will miss out for a while on one of the hallmarks of a visit to New York — seeing the Statue of Liberty up close. Though the statue itself survived Superstorm Sandy intact, damage to buildings and Liberty Island's power and heating systems means the destination will remain closed for now, and authorities don't have an estimate on when it will reopen. By Karen Matthews. AP photos, video.

— ARIZONA OFFICE EXPLOSION — No injuries following small explosion outside Social Security office in Casa Grande, Ariz.. AP photo.

— MIAMI — The 2012 hurricane season that spun up Sandy's destruction has come to an end, doing plenty of damage even without a so-called major storm striking the U.S. There were 19 named storms — an above-normal year and tied for third with the most active on the record books since 1851.

— LOBSTER AGING — For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster — by counting its rings, like a tree. AP photos.

— TRAIN DERAILMENT-CHEMICALS — New Jersey authorities blame the failure of an old-style swing bridge for a freight train derailment that sent at least two cars into a creek and caused a leak of hazardous gas. AP photos, video.

— HOFSTRA BURGLARIES — 4 Hofstra basketball players arrested in on-campus burglaries; school says they're suspended.

BUSINESS

INSIDER TRADING-MARTOMA

BOSTON — Mathew Martoma grew up as a doctor's son, someone who dreamed of revolutionizing genetics research. He knew from an early age that he wanted to blend his interests in health care, business and law into a career, and he excelled as a bioethics student. Yet the 38-year-old Florida man now finds himself embroiled in what could prove to be one of the biggest ethical lapses in Wall Street's history. By Bridget Murphy. AP photos.

CONSUMER SPENDING

WASHINGTON — Americans cut back on spending last month while their income remained flat. The weakness in part reflected disruptions from Superstorm Sandy that could slow economic growth for the rest of the year. The Commerce Department says consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in October. It was the weakest figure since May, and it compares with a 0.8 percent spending increase in September. By Martin Crutsinger.

AP photo.

WALL STREET WEEK AHEAD

NEW YORK — The money manager's job is supposed to be straightforward: Take people's cash and put it to work. The more money comes in, the bigger the manager's paycheck. So why would two of the country's largest fund managers tell would-be investors in junk bonds to go away? The short answer is that it's for their own good. The market for junk bonds, the pros say, has become so popular that it's dangerous. By Business Writer Matthew Craft.

BANGLADESH-FACTORY FIRE-SHOPPERS

NEW YORK — Before purchasing a shirt, shoppers will run their hands over the fabric, look at the price tag and wonder how it will hold up in the washing machine. Some might even ask if it makes them look fat. By Business Writer Scott Mayerowitz.

AP photos.

GETTING ATTENTION

— GREECE-HIV — Health officials warn of rapidly developing HIV epidemic in Greek capital, cases up 35-fold.

— TENNIS REFEREE ARRESTED — Murder case against professional tennis referee dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

— NILE CROCODILE-FLORIDA — Wildlife officials issue rare order to kill in hunt for Nile crocodile loose near Miami. AP photos.

— CURACAO-GOLD HEIST — Police in Curacao say thieves boarded boat and stole 70 gold bars worth estimated $11.5M.

— STAGE DELI CLOSES — NYC's Stage Deli, known for big sandwiches named for celebrities, closes; owner cites rent.

— COINS VS DOLLAR BILLS — Congress taking new look at doing away with $1 bill in favor of dollar coins. AP photo.

— FRANCE-NAPOLEON LETTER — The Napoleon Code: Secret letter giving order to blow up the Kremlin to be auctioned. AP photos.

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