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On the Calendar:  Saturday, 12/6/2014 12:00 PM
A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS! OPEN HOUSE: Come by for the Christmas Open House in Farmerville and walk through our Victorian traditions exhibit, have your photo made with our Victorian Father Christmas, and listen to carolers singing classic Christmas hymns. Other special events will center around Children celebrating Christmases-past! Oh, one more thing: WE WILL BE MAKING SNOW!!! Calendar

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Taliban kill five in Kabul in attacks on British embassy car, foreign compound

The wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in KabulBy Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city center in the evening, officials and witnesses said. The suicide attack on the car in the east of the Afghan capital killed two embassy workers, one Briton and one Afghan, and wounded more than 30 others nearby, officials said. A second blast, at a compound run by a contractor for the U.S. ...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:02:20 -0500
Northeast Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people: sources

YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said. The security source and witness Abubakar Adamu, a mechanic who narrowly avoided being blown up himself, said the blast set several buses on fire at the Marabi-Mubi junction, in a part of the country plagued by violence linked to the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency. "There were bodies everywhere on the ground," Adamu said. ...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:16:44 -0500
Mexico president vows police reform in bid to quell massacre anger

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto looks on during a meeting with lawyers in Mexico CityBy Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday vowed to simplify Mexico's chaotic police structure and stop collusion between officials and drug gangs as he tried to defuse anger over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September. Pena Nieto is under growing pressure from protesters to end impunity and brutality by security forces since the trainee teachers were abducted by corrupt police and handed over to a local drug gang in the southwestern city of Iguala on Sept. 26. ...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:19:24 -0500
Two civilians killed in shelling in east Ukraine rebel city

Workers repair a gas pipeline in a building after it was damaged by recent shelling in the western part of Donetsk, eastern UkraineDONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A 12-year-old boy and a 55-year-old woman were killed by shelling in the eastern Ukrainian separatist stronghold of Donetsk on Thursday, the city administration reported, despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire deal. According to UN data an average of 13 soldiers, rebels, and civilians have died every day since a formal ceasefire was agreed by Ukraine, Russia and the rebels, with Ukrainian government forces and the separatists accusing each other of violating the terms of the truce. ...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:10:59 -0500
UK PM Cameron to set out curbs on EU migrants ahead of election

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron delivers a speech at a UK Investment Summit in Newport, south WalesBy Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will set out plans on Friday to limit immigration from the European Union as he seeks to woo disgruntled voters less than six months ahead of a national election. With polls showing immigration is voters' top concern, Cameron is under pressure to take a tougher line on the issue. Many of his Conservative lawmakers fear the rise in popularity of the anti-EU UK Independence Party, which this month won its second seat in parliament, threatens their re-election chances. ...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:03:27 -0500
New Burkina PM vows investigations into Compaore-era deaths

Burkina Faso PM Zida stands as an official reads the names of transitional government ministers in OuagadougouOUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's interim prime minister pledged on Thursday to open enquiries into the deaths of a former president and a journalist, among the key demands of protesters who swept former President Blaise Compaore from power last month. Lieutenant Colonel IsaacZida, who seized power after Compaore fled and was then named prime minister, also said audits would be carried out at state firms and those suspected of corruption would be held to account. ...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:42:44 -0500
1st test v India not priority for Aussies yet

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena, File)SYDNEY (AP) Australian cricketers still mourning the death of Phillip Hughes haven't been asked yet to make a choice about whether or not to play or postpone the first test against India next week.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:06:06 -0500
No. 1 South Carolina tops Wisconsin 67-44

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) A'ja Wilson scored 11 points and Jatarie White added 10 and No. 1 South Carolina beat Wisconsin 67-44 on Thursday in the Junkanoo Jam.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:04:08 -0500
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials. The attack came hours after a suicide car-bomber struck a British embassy vehicle, killing five people including a British citizen.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:02:58 -0500
Fugitive New Zealand killer deported from Brazil

FILE - In this file crop of a Nov. 6, 2014 photo made from closed caption television footage and released by New Zealand Police, Phillip John Smith passes through Auckland Airport in Auckland, New Zealand. Smith, a convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand who fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison was deported Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 from the South American country. (AP Photo/New Zealand Police, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) A convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand who fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison was deported Friday from the South American country.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:39:12 -0500
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