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UK police seek to question 2 men over Oxford Circus panic

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British police want to question two men who may have sparked a panic when they had an altercation on a busy subway platform at the heart of London’s Oxford Street shopping district.

British Transport Police released photos of the two men on Friday night and appealed for information about the incident.

Panic spread quickly near the Oxford Circus subway station Friday after apparently erroneous reports of gunshots. But police said after evacuating two subway stations that there were no indications that any shots had been fired.

Police initially treated the reported gunfire as a terrorist incident and social media was filled with alarming false reports about shooting at several locations.

Some people were injured in the stampede away from the subway station.

Major stores planned to open as usual Saturday.

Cleveland shooting leaves 1 youth dead, 5 injured

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It was a heartbreaking tragedy on what, for many families, is usually a joyous holiday weekend.

Six youths, ages 12 to 16, were shot on the east side of Cleveland on Friday night, police said. One of the youths died, while the other five were hospitalized. Their conditions remained unknown, Cleveland’s Fox 8 reported

“Condolences to the family who lost a child,” Mayor Frank Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Police were still searching for suspects. They believe the youths were confronted by another group of youths.

“Kids crossed paths and shots were fired,” Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams told Fox 8, adding that the crime was not believed to be gang-related. Still, the motive remained unclear, he said.

“We don’t exactly what spurred this or what happened, but definitely, our hearts go out to the families of the victims here,” the chief said.  

Initial reports indicated that the shootings took place near East 117th Street and Buckeye Road, in what Williams told Fox 8 is a neighborhood where “there’s always a heavy police presence.”

“And of course, when these things happen, there is a concerted effort by all divisional resources to make sure we find out the people who did this and we get them off the streets,” Williams said.

Police are still investigating and ask for the public’s help in finding the suspects, he said.   

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Police: Bomb kills 3, wounds 15 in southwest Pakistan

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Pakistani police say a bomb has exploded in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others.

Senior police officer Abdur Razzaq Cheema says the explosion Saturday took place near a bus terminal in the city’s outskirts.

Cheema said the target was apparently a security vehicle but most of the victims were civilians, including a child. He would not say whether the blast was a suicide attack.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which comes two weeks after a suicide bomber killed Quetta’s police chief and three other officers. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch separatist groups. Islamic militants also operate in the region.

UK: Heathrow security worker arrested with cocaine stash

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British officials say a Heathrow Airport security worker has been arrested in an airport toilet after seven kilograms (15 pounds) of cocaine was seized.

The National Crime Agency said Saturday the 30-year-old man, from London, was arrested Thursday with a 37-year-old Colombian man in a lavatory in Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Officials say the Colombian man had just arrived on a flight from the Colombian capital Bogota.

Another man was arrested in the arrivals airport of the busy international airport and a fourth man was arrested at a London residential address.

All four are being questioned on suspicion of importing drugs.

'Flat Earth' rocket launch postponed, California man says

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Blame it on bureaucracy: A California man who planned to launch himself 1,800 feet skyward in a home-built rocket to prove that Earth is flat has had to reschedule.

Mike Hughes said the Bureau of Land Management wouldn’t approve his plan to use public land for Saturday’s planned experiment, so he’ll have to move the project to private land next week, the Washington Post reported.

The 61-year-old limo driver said he had received verval approval from the same federal agency just last year, pending an OK from the federal Aviation Commission, the paper reported.

Hughes added that engine trouble in his motor home, which was converted into a ramp, also affected his original launch plans.

“It’s still happening. We’re just moving it three miles down the road,” Hughes told the Post on Friday. “This is what happens any time you have to deal with any kind of government agency.”

Hughes said the rocket will take flight next week, from private property near the Mojave Desert, along Route 66.

“I don’t see [the launch] happening until about Tuesday, honestly,” he told the paper. “It takes three days to set up. … You know, it’s not easy because it’s not supposed to be easy.”

If all goes according to plan, Hughes said his stunt will be the first phase of the flat-Earth space program, sponsored by Research Flat Earth, a group that believes Earth is flat.

Hughes claims to have built his steam-powered rocket out of scrap metal parts in his garage, with the entire projecting costing around $20,000. The rocket should travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph, he said.

The daredevil’s goal is to get miles above Earth and snap a photo, to prove that astronauts conspired to fabricate the shape of the planet.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

Washington experiments with providing schooling for adults

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A high school dropout, Nicole Dickey adds fractions in math class at a charter school for adults, hoping to earn her high school credentials and find a good paying office job.

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“My life has changed, I am here to make it better,” said Dickey, 39, who left high school after she became pregnant and spent the next two decades working low-paying jobs, raising five children, living on government assistance and struggling with alcoholism.

Faced with high illiteracy rates among city residents and an extremely competitive job market, the nation’s capital is experimenting with adult education. The district is running more than a dozen adult schools, both charter and traditional public ones that together serve about 5,100 students, both disconnected youth and older adults. And despite the political controversy surrounding Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ push to expand school choice, the charter and the traditional public school sectors in the District of Columbia cooperate in adult learning.

Dickey’s story is part of a larger picture nationwide. Even though high school graduation rates have been rising in recent years, 10 percent of American adults aged 25 or over don’t have high school credentials, according to government data.

With 9 out of 10 jobs today going to college graduates, not having a high school credential is strongly associated with unemployment, poverty, poor health and eventually similar problems for one’s children.

Across the country, adults looking to earn high school credentials usually take classes at community colleges or community-based organizations to pass the General Education Development test, known as the GED.

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Unlike those options, which often carry fees, the adult schools in the District of Columbia are free and open to residents age 16 or 17, depending on the school, and older who want to earn high school credentials or further their skills. One student hunched over a math problem at Community College Preparatory Academy on a recent morning was 85 years old.

That’s where Dickey labors on math and sees new possibilities. “I want to work in an office building,” she said. “I want something different. I want to have options.”

In the city, more than 72,000 residents 25 and older don’t have high school credentials, according to 2016 census data.

The first adult school in the city opened in the 1970s, and the sector has been growing in recent years. The D.C. Public Charter School Board has opened four new schools since 2012 and the D.C. Public Schools this year spent $4 million to revamp its four adult schools.

While the adult charter schools tend to focus on older residents, traditional adult schools cater to residents aged 17-22, who receive a high school diploma if they complete the program.

The schools have had mixed success, in part because older students also are balancing families and jobs.

At Luke C. Moore High School, a public school that serves young adults, the average graduation rate is 49 percent, significantly below the nation —and D.C. — average.

At Community College Prep, the GED completion rate is 50 percent. Nationwide, GED completion can range from 39 to 80 percent, according to several studies that used different methodology for tracking success rates.

Such comparisons of success rates aren’t the full measure, said Julie Strawn with Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm, because many other factors count, such as students’ initial skills and the barriers they face.

“Whether that’s low or high depends a lot on where the students they are serving are starting from,” Strawn said.

This year, the district launched a leadership training program at Georgetown University for 20 principals of D.C. regular and adult schools, both from the traditional public and charter sectors, to study together and foster cooperation. And Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which runs 10 adult charter schools in the city, recently joined public schools chancellor Antwan Wilson on a tour of Luke C. Moore so they could learn together about educating adults.

Aniya Smith, 18, transferred to Luke C. Moore after having a child last year. As she attended a school coaching session, her 1-year-old daughter Riley prepared to nap in the onsite nursery. Besides help with child care, the school offers twice-a-week mentorship and coaching sessions to help students, who often experience trauma at home and in their communities, both academically and emotionally.

“I am getting more help than I would have in any other schools,” said Smith, who wants to become a cosmetologist. “Since I am a mother … it’s making things easier.”

Students at Community College Prep attend three-hour sessions on weekdays, choosing morning, afternoon or evening classes depending on their family and work schedules. The sessions alternate between live instruction and online courses and tests. Besides GED preparation, the school also offers certification programs in IT and other fields, also for free.

Jarell Richey, 35, is enrolled in an IT program at the school. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope,” said Richey, who was paralyzed in a shooting and served six years on drug charges. “Everything is OK.”

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Trump calls for crushing terrorists with military means

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President Donald Trump denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban tied up in courts.

“Need the WALL, need the BAN!” Trump tweeted Friday before calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. “God bless the people of Egypt.”

The attack’s aftermath played out as Trump mixed work and play in sunny Florida, golfing — quickly, he claimed — with pros Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, speaking with foreign leaders and tweeting briskly.

Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before his attention turned to the attack in Egypt, where at least 235 people were killed when Islamic militants attacked a crowded mosque during prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire.

“The world cannot tolerate terrorism,” Trump tweeted in response. He added, “We must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”

In his call with el-Sissi, the White House said Trump condemned the attack and “reiterated that the United States will continue to stand with Egypt in the face of terrorism.”

“The international community cannot tolerate barbaric terrorist groups and must strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all its forms,” the White House said.

Trump also used the attack to renew his call for a wall along the southern border with Mexico and his efforts to bar people from certain Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S.

“We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will,” he wrote. “Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.”

Trump’s original travel ban sought to temporarily suspend the U.S. refugee program and block the entry of nationals from seven majority-Muslim counties into the U.S. The order sparked chaos at airports and a flurry of lawsuits, which led to the order’s suspension. The administration has since made several attempts to revise the order to try to better hold up to legal scrutiny.

Trump spent more than four hours at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, where he’d earlier tweeted that he would be playing “golf (quickly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson” before returning to his private Mar-a-Lago club “for talks on bringing even more jobs and companies back to the USA!”

Trump and his aides often appear concerned about the perception that he is vacationing during his trips away from the White House, insisting that he is partaking in high-level meetings and making calls while staying in Bedminster, New Jersey, or at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Despite plenty of photos posted on social media by club members, media traveling with the president were not permitted to observe or photograph the president and his companions on the greens.

In a break from the practice of past administrations, the Trump White House rarely discloses when the president is golfing, let alone whom he golfs with during frequent trips to courses he owns in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.

UCLA secured bowl eligibility with game-winning field goal over Cal

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) J.J. Molson hit a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left after backup quarterback Devon Modster led a clutch scoring drive, and UCLA secured bowl eligibility under interim coach Jedd Fisch with a 30-27 victory over California on Friday night.

Modster passed for 191 yards after replacing Josh Rosen at halftime, and he moved the Bruins (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) into scoring position before Molson drilled the eventual winner.

Jordan Lasley set career highs with 12 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown as UCLA finished strong for Fisch, who took over last Sunday after Jim Mora was fired late in his sixth season in Westwood.

Jordan Lasley goes over 1,000 yards receiving on the year with this TD. #BeatCal l #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/X9qoo5oCnn

— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 25, 2017

Cal tied it with 2:22 to play when Jordan Veasy caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ross Bowers, who passed for 242 yards. Patrick Laird rushed for 178 yards to surpass 1,000 yards on the season, but the Golden Bears (5-7, 2-7) fell short of bowl eligibility in coach Justin Wilcoxs first season, losing seven of their final nine games.

Fisch, the first-year coordinator of the Bruins much-improved offense, led UCLA to its fourth win over Cal in the last five meetings between the UC rivals.

The Bruins also went 6-0 at the Rose Bowl this season in their first unbeaten home campaign since 2005.

Rosen, an elite NFL prospect possibly playing his final home game before declaring for the draft, was sacked three times in the first half. He landed roughly on his right shoulder and neck while getting thrown down by Alex Funches late in the first half, and the Bruins apparently decided not to risk his health further.

That Rosen to Howard connection. #BeatCal | #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/iUEeROQrT4

— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 25, 2017

Rosen passed for 202 yards and hit Lasley and Theo Howard for scores in his 30th career start before watching the second half from the sideline in a track suit. He fell 24 yards short of surpassing Brett Hundleys school-record 3,740 yards passing in 2012.

UCLA took a 17-9 lead into halftime, making three consecutive scoring drives with plenty of good-looking throws by Rosen.

Cal drove into good field position all night at the Rose Bowl, but repeatedly failed to get into the end zone against UCLAs porous defense. The Bears also lost starting safety Ashtyn Davis, who was ejected late in the first half for targeting.

Bowers rushed for a score early in the second half to finish a game-tying drive highlighted by Lairds sprinting hurdle of a UCLA tackler.

Molsons second field goal put the Bruins up 27-17 with 12:10 to play, but the Bears scored on their next two drives.
After Veasys tying score, UCLA took over at its 25 with 2:22 left. Lasley made a key 18-yard catch-and-run on third down to get the Bruins in position to win it.

Zimbabwe judge says military action against Mugabe was legal

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A Zimbabwean High Court judge has ruled that the military action leading to Robert Mugabe’s resignation was legal.

High Court Judge George Chiweshe on Friday ruled that the military’s actions “in intervening to stop the takeover” of Mugabe’s constitutional functions “by those around him are constitutionally and lawful,” said Chiweshe.

The military stepped in almost two weeks ago after Mugabe’s firing of deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa amid fears that Mugabe’s wife was positioning herself to take power.

Zimbabwe’s military has sought to show its actions were not a coup.

The judge said the military’s actions ensured that non-elected individuals do not exercise executive functions.

Separately, the judge said Mugabe’s firing of Mnangagwa as vice president was illegal. Mnangagwa was sworn in as president on Friday in a whirlwind reversal of fortunes.

The Latest: Egypt says warplanes strike militant vehicles

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The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

Egypt’s military says warplanes have struck several vehicles used in the attack on a northern Sinai mosque that killed 235 people, destroying and killing all passengers.

The military’s Saturday statement said the vehicles were hit in the vicinity of the previous day’s attack on a mosque in the Sinai town of Bir al-Abd, the deadliest by Islamic extremists in Egypt’s modern history.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the extremist Islamic State group has in the past vowed to rid Sinai, and Egypt, of Sufis. A local IS affiliate is spearheading the insurgency in Sinai, where government forces have battled militants for years.

The mosque was frequented by Sufis, members of a mystic movement within Islam that’s viewed by extremists as heretic.

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7:15 a.m.

Militants assaulted a crowded mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula during prayers in the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.

They blasted helpless worshippers Friday with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades and blocked their escape routes. At least 235 people were killed before the assailants got away.

The attack in the troubled northern part of the Sinai targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of a mystic movement within Islam.

Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.

The startling bloodshed in the town of Bir al-Abd also wounded at least 109, according to the state news agency. It offered the latest sign that the Egyptian government has failed to deter an IS-led insurgency.

6 children shot on street, 1 fatally; public's help sought

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Six children have been shot on a Cleveland street, one fatally.

Police say the shooting happened Friday night and the victims were boys ranging in age from 12 to 16 years. They say it seems the boys ran into another group and shots were fired but there’s no indication the violence was gang-related.

Police Chief Calvin Williams has sent his condolences to the family of the dead child, who hasn’t been publicly identified. The wounded children have been hospitalized.

Williams says police are investigating and are appealing for the public’s help in finding out who did the shooting.

2 girls raped, 12-year-old sister killed in northern Mexico

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A 12-year-old girl is dead after an assailant attacked her and raped her two young sisters in their home in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The prosecutor’s office in Chihuahua state says girl died of strangulation. The office did not give the younger girls’ ages, but local news media said they were 10 and 11.

The office said Friday the assailant is being sought, but did not say if he had been identified. The attack occurred Wednesday in a low-income neighborhood on the city’s west side, near a desert area where the bodies of numerous young women were found dumped in the 1990s.

Human rights officials in Mexico say number of women and girls killed in the country since then has almost doubled.

Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez, president of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, said Friday that the number of women killed per year in Mexico has risen from 1,519 in 1990 to 2,813 in 2016.

'Ghost gun' kits targeted by anti-gun group

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A gun control group on Friday asked two web hosting companies to shut down websites selling devices that are used to make untraceable homemade firearms — also known as ghost guns.

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence asked that Shopify and DreamHost — hosts of GhostGunner.net and GhostGuns.com — disable the websites for violating the hosting companies’ terms of service.

The sites sell kits that help create homemade semi-automatic weapons and can be purchased legally for a few hundred dollars without the kind of background check required for traditional gun purchases.

But Cody Wilson, who runs GhostGunner.net, said the products he sells on his website are legal and in compliance with federal regulations. He said although there is no legal requirement that he conduct background checks, he tries to take precautions to make sure the weapons aren’t used nefariously.

“This is an attempt to apply pressure to deplatform a legal, American business selling legal products to law-abiding customers,” he said.

“This is an attempt to apply pressure to deplatform a legal, American business selling legal products to law-abiding customers.”

– Cody Wilson, operator of GhostGunner.net

The Giffords Law Center was founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who made headlines in January 2011 when she survived an assassination attempt in Tuscon, Ariz.

Attorneys for the gun control group said that homemade weapons are increasingly being used in crimes and asked each of the companies to “invoke its policies to help stem the tide of this illegal, deadly behavior.”

They argue that Shopify and DreamHost should use their ability to terminate the websites, arguing that the two sites sell “the sort of products that have already caused scores of senseless deaths — and are likely to cause many more, unless taken off the market.”

Authorities say that the gunman who killed his wife and four others earlier this month in Northern California built two semi-automatic rifles at his home despite having been barred from owning guns.

Representatives for GhostGuns.com, Shopify and DreamHost did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Tyler Seguin has hat trick in Stars' 6-4 win over Flames

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DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored two of his three goals in the third period and the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 6-4 on Friday night.

Seguin broke a tie with an unassisted goal, the 200th goal of his career, with 5:57 to play and added an empty-net goal with a minute to go.

After a turnover by Calgary’s Michael Stone, Seguin took the puck down the slot and sent a wrist shot past goalie Mike Smith into the upper right corner of the net for the winner.

Sean Monahan’s second goal of the game gave Calgary a 4-3 lead 6 minutes into the third period.

Dallas’ Gemel Smith tied it at 4 at 12:12.

Antoine Roussel and Alexander Radulov also scored for Dallas, and Ben Bishop made 34 saves. Michael Ferland and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary, and Smith stopped 36 shots.

NOTES: Before the game, the Stars honored Jere Lehtinen, who played 14 seasons for Dallas, by retiring his No. 26. He joins Neal Broten (7), Bill Goldsworthy (8), Mike Modano (9) and Bill Masterton (19). Lehtinen three times won the NHL’s Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward. He now is general manager of the Finnish National Team. … Monahan’s first goal was his seventh on the power play, tied for the most in the league. … Stars D Stephen Johns (upper-body injury) left during the second period. … Dallas had the NHL’s top power play until the 1-for-20 slump in the last six games.

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Flames: Complete a six-game trip on Saturday night at Colorado.

Stars: Begin a two-game trip on Tuesday night at Vegas.

Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans' rout of Suns

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New Orleans, coming off consecutive home victories over Oklahoma City and San Antonio, won its third straight with ease.

Phoenix never mounted any threat after the opening minutes. The Pelicans led by a dozen after one quarter and 30 at the half.

Jrue Holliday scored 18 points for the Pelicans, whose 72 points in the first two quarters was their highest-scoring half of the season.

“Whoever is open, that is who we pass the ball to,” Davis said. “We passed up a lot of good shots, great shots and trusted our teammate is going to make the shot, make the right plays. We don’t care who scores, as long as the ball goes in the basket.”

T.J. Warren had 18 points, and Tyler Ulis 17 for Phoenix.

“I feel like from the jump we really weren’t playing hard,” Ulis said. “`You know, as a young team, we really can’t come out cool and playing through the motions.”

New Orleans was up 72-42 at the break, shooting 58 percent against the listless Suns, who ended a stretch of nine of 10 games at home.

Davis and Cousins scored 15 apiece in the first half.

The Pelicans made 9 of 14 3s in the first half, led by Darius Miller’s 3 of 5. By contrast, Phoenix was 2 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half and wound up 2 of 20.

Devin Booker made just 4 of 13 shots for Phoenix, missed all five of his 3-point tries, and scored 13.

Suns interim coach Jay Triano said the team’s first-half woes were a combination of poor shooting and bad defense. He can tolerate a poor shooting game. Those things happen, he said. But there wasn’t an excuse for the effort.

“We had more energy at shoot-around this morning,” Triano said. “There’s no excuse. Our energy at shoot-around this morning was better than it was in the game, and I think a lot of that is our resolve.”

Or lack thereof.

The Suns led 13-9 after Ulis’ 13-foot floater in the lane, then the Pelicans began their offensive onslaught.

New Orleans scored on seven consecutive possessions in a 16-2 run to go on top 25-15 on Cousins’ driving finger-roll layup with 3:17 left in the first quarter.

The rout was on.

That run reached 33-10 when Miller sank a 3 to make it 42-23 with 8:46 left in the half. The Pelicans outscored the Suns 30-19 the rest of the half.

New Orleans led by as many as 36 in the third quarter.

COLD & COLDER

For the first time in an NBA game in more than two years, neither team made a 3-pointer in the one half of a game. The Pelicans were 0 for 12 in the second half, the Suns 0 for 7. The last time two teams went without a 3 in an entire half came when Orlando played at Washington on Feb. 9, 2015.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: New Orleans won three of four against the Suns last season. Two went to into OT, a win for each team. … Pelicans matched their season best with their third straight win.

Suns: Suns started a “twin tower” lineup of Greg Monroe and Tyson Chandler to try to combat the inside game of Cousins and Davis. … Phoenix ended a stretch where nine of 10 games were at home. Suns were 2-7 in those home contests.

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Pelicans: At Golden State on Sunday night.

Suns: Phoenix opens a six-game trip Sunday at Minnesota.

Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nik Shimonek came off the bench in the fourth quarter to throw two touchdown passes and Texas Tech rallied to beat Texas 27-23 Friday night and earn a victory that could save coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job.

Kingsbury’s future has been in doubt after five seasons but the rally made the Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) bowl eligible after missing the postseason last year.

Shimonek, the starter all season, had been benched for McLane Carter, but came in with the Red Raiders trailing 23-13. His first drive included a 51-yard completion and his short touchdown pass to T.J. Vasher cut it to 23-20.

The game winner, a 16-yard pass to Cameron Batson, came with 2:07 to play. The touchdown was set up by a 52-yard interception return to the Texas 14 by Justus Parker.

Texas’ final drive ended when Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw another interception at the Texas Tech 20 with 1 minute to play.

Ehlinger passed for 239 yards and a touchdown but the Texas offense slogged through most of the final three quarters. The Longhorns ran for just 18 yards and had deep drives end in field goals of 19 and 20 yards by Josh Rowland instead of touchdowns.

Texas (6-6, 5-4) had already clinched its first bowl berth since 2014 under first-year coach Tom Herman but must win its postseason game to avoid a fourth consecutive losing season.

THE TAKEWAY

Texas Tech: Red Raiders athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who is also the chairman of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff, has plenty to contemplate about Kingsbury and the future of the Red Raiders program. Kingsbury is 30-32 with three losing seasons in five years. Kingsbury’s decision to start Carter was risky but he made the right move in the fourth quarter to go back to Shimonek and it may earn him more time with the program where he once was a record-setting quarterback.

Texas: The loss will make for a bitter off period before the bowl game. The Longhorns missed the chance to earn a seventh win for the first time since 2013 and the chance to end the regular season on a three-game win streak. The offense continues to be the problem for the Longhorns, who have struggled to move the ball all season under coordinator Tim Beck.

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Texas Tech: Bowl game to be announced

Texas: Bowl game to be announced

No. 18 Purdue hands No. 2 Wildcats third loss this week

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Purdue kept knocking down shots — 3-pointer after 3-pointer, with midrange jumpers thrown in — on the way to a lopsided win that allowed the 18th-ranked Boilermakers to close the Battle 4 Atlantis on a positive note.

The unexpected part? The overmatched opponent was a second-ranked Arizona team on its way to a third loss in as many days.

Dakota Mathias scored 24 points to help the Boilermakers roll past the Wildcats 89-64 in Friday night’s seventh-place game, sending a Final Four favorite home with a winless showing in the Bahamas.

“I wouldn’t have predicted we would come down here and finish 0-3,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “That wasn’t the goal. But nothing’s ever as bad as it seems. And certainly we probably weren’t nearly as good as everybody thought we were before we traveled down here.”

This is the first three-game losing streak for Arizona since February 2010 during Miller’s first season in Tucson.

The Boilermakers (5-2) had struggled with their shooting through two tournament losses of their own, but shot 57 percent and made 11 of 22 3-point attempts in a break-loose performance.

“It’s a fun game, but you’re out there to win, regardless of when you’re playing and what you’re playing for,” Mathias said. “We had a great opportunity. They’re the No. 2 team in the country, so to have that fall in our lap like it did was a great opportunity for us, and we just made the most out of it.”

Carsen Edwards added 22 points in what could have been a possible title-game matchup in the eight-team tournament. Instead, the Boilermakers and Wildcats found themselves playing the final game just to salvage a win.

Now, shockingly, Arizona (3-3) is the lone team leaving the Bahamas with an 0-3 tournament record. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the Wildcats weren’t competitive, trailing 50-33 at halftime and by as many as 28 points.

They also didn’t get closer than a dozen points after halftime.

“Either of those games could’ve gone our way,” Miller said of losses to North Carolina State and SMU on the first two days of the tournament. “Tonight we were outmatched. They were the better team. It felt that way early, it felt that way throughout.

“They’re an excellent team, well coached. And the way they move the ball when they’re making shots, they can beat anybody in the country. Tonight they were ready to go.”

Freshman Deandre Ayton had 22 points before fouling out for the Wildcats, while junior Allonzo Trier — who came in averaging 27.8 points — finished with just eight on 3-for-10 shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Paradise turned into a total nightmare for Arizona. There was the opening-game 90-84 loss to North Carolina State that left coach Sean Miller frustrated by his team’s poor defense. Then there was the loss to SMU in which the Wildcats undercut any defensive gains by failing to secure stop-ensuring rebounds. This time, his team offered meager defensive resistance to a hot-shooting team that quickly gained confidence with each possession. And that raises the question: how far will the Wildcats fall in Monday’s AP Top 25? Or will they stay in the rankings at all?

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The Wildcats host Long Beach State on Wednesday.

Coyotes edge Kings in overtime for 4th win in 5 games

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Christian Fischer broke out of scoring slump for the resurgent Arizona Coyotes.

Fischer scored on a rebound 2:43 into overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

“I’ve been down on myself the last three of four games because I’m not scoring,” Fischer said. “I’ve had all the chances in the world but couldn’t put them home.”

That changed in a flash midway through the overtime period. Christian Dvorak took the initial shot, which goalie Darcy Kuemper seemed to stop with his right pad. But the puck trickled behind him and Fischer, who was trailing the play pounced on it and scored into the vacated net from 3 feet away.

“That’s what you’re looking for, not guys playing outstanding but a lot of good games,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, whose team has wonfour of fiveafter a 2-15-3 start. “There were no passengers tonight. It was a team game.”

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brendan Perlini also scored for the Coyotes, who won at home for the first second time in 10 games (2-7-1).

Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis scored the Kings, who have lost three straight and seven of eight.

Alex Goligoski had a chance to end the game for Arizona one minute into overtime when he took a long outlet pass from Max Domi, but Kuemper stopped his point-blank shot.

“Tonight was a game where you’re thinking here we go again,” Tocchet said. “But I didn’t feel that at all on the bench.”

Rick Tocchet: Road trip taught @ArizonaCoyotes resilience. pic.twitter.com/uQ4iHFWp9b

— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 25, 2017

Ekman-Larsson gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, scoring a power-play goal on a long, sweeping shot through traffic from the top of the left circle.

The Kings tied it at 1 nearly three minutes into the second, when Kopitar pushed a pass from Martin Gaborik in the right circle past Wedgewood from just inside the left hash marks. Kopitar’s goal was his 10th of the season and first in four games.

“We try to put an emphasis on having a high guy there, have a good cycle and having everyone on the same page and I think we did that quite a bit tonight,” Gaborik said. “We couldn’t got a lot of opportunity tonight, in those areas were pretty good.”

Perlini made it 2-1 at with 2:10 left in the period, taking Goligoski’s shot from the point and redirecting it from the low slot for his third goal in as many games.

Lewis pulled the Kings even at 2-2 with 17:08 remaining. Scott Wedgewood made an initial skate save on a short shot but couldn’t control the puck. Andy Andreoff chipped repeatedly at the loose puck, which finally slid untended in the crease behind Wedgewood’s right pad before Lewis shoved it the final few inches.

“They got it back in the third period and gave us a chance,” Kings coach John Stevens said. “We obviously got a point there but we would like to get two out of the situation.”

NOTES:Lewis has three goals in his past four games. … Ekman-Larsson has five points in his past four games and 10 in his last 11 against Los Angeles. … Coyotes C Derek Steppan notched an assist on Ekman-Larsson’s goal to extend his point streak to five games. … Gaborik was making his season debut after missing Los Angeles’ first 22 games with a knee injury. … The Coyotes were without starting goaltender Antti Raanta, who left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury after colliding with a San Jose player in the crease. Raanta likely will also miss Saturday’s home game against Las Vegas. Arizona called up G Marek Langhamer from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

UP NEXT:

Arizona: Host Vegas on Saturday night.

Virginia youth pastor held in Thanksgiving slaying of family members

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A Virginia youth pastor has been arrested in the shooting deaths of his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter’s boyfriend in their home on Thanksgiving Day, police said.

Christopher Gattis, 58, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Police arriving at the family’s Chester, Va., home around 11:30 p.m. found the women’s bodies inside and the man’s body in the front yard, officials said.  

Authorities identified the victims as Jeanett Gattis, 58; her daughter Candice “Candy” Kunze, 30; and Kunze’s boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, 36. All of them lived together in the home, police said.

Neighbors said Kunze recently moved back home from Oregon, with Buthorn joining her. Neighbors also said the family runs a furniture store in nearby Petersburg, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported.

Gattis was a youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, where he was a ministries coordinator for middle school and high school students.

“Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester, and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church,” the church said in a statement.

Gattis was being held at Chesterfield County Jail without bond. He was scheduled to appear in General District Court on Monday and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Suns prove no match for Pelicans' Davis, Cousins

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PHOENIX — When Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are rolling and their teammates’ shots are falling, it’s a good night for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Mix in a lack of effort by an opponent, and Friday night was a very good night for New Orleans.

Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds, Cousins added 19 points and 10 boards and the Pelicans routed the Phoenix Suns 115-91.

Davis and Cousins sat out the fourth quarter, watching from the bench long after the outcome had been decided in the Pelicans’ most one-sided victory of the season.

“The best thing was that we started the game the right way,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We had a couple of questionable possessions but I thought for the most par we moved the basketball, we took advantage of what they gave u and we managed the turnovers, which has gotten us in trouble.”

The best thing that happened today was our shootaround. … We got better at shootaround; we didnt get better tonight. — Jay Triano. pic.twitter.com/j3ioZlZmIx

— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 25, 2017

New Orleans, coming off consecutive home victories over Oklahoma City and San Antonio, won its third straight with ease.

Phoenix never mounted any threat after the opening minutes. The Pelicans led by a dozen after one quarter and 30 at the half.

Jrue Holliday scored 18 points for the Pelicans, whose 72 points in the first two quarters was their highest-scoring half of the season.

“Whoever is open, that is who we pass the ball to,” Davis said. “We passed up a lot of good shots, great shots and trusted our teammate is going to make the shot, make the right plays. We don’t care who scores, as long as the ball goes in the basket.”

T.J. Warren had 18 points, and Tyler Ulis 17 for Phoenix.

“I feel like from the jump we really weren’t playing hard,” Ulis said. “`You know, as a young team, we really can’t come out cool and playing through the motions.”

They were making tough shots. Once they make those tough shots we get down on ourselves. — Devin Booker after the #Suns‘ 115-91 loss . pic.twitter.com/BPWU14QRh6

— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 25, 2017

New Orleans was up 72-42 at the break, shooting 58 percent against the listless Suns, who ended a stretch of nine of 10 games at home.

Davis and Cousins scored 15 apiece in the first half.

The Pelicans made 9 of 14 3s in the first half, led by Darius Miller’s 3 of 5. By contrast, Phoenix was 2 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half and wound up 2 of 20.

Devin Booker made just 4 of 13 shots for Phoenix, missed all five of his 3-point tries, and scored 13.

Suns interim coach Jay Triano said the team’s first-half woes were a combination of poor shooting and bad defense. He can tolerate a poor shooting game. Those things happen, he said. But there wasn’t an excuse for the effort.

“We had more energy at shoot-around this morning,” Triano said. “There’s no excuse. Our energy at shoot-around this morning was better than it was in the game, and I think a lot of that is our resolve.”

. @DavidJohnson31 with the “highlight of the first half.” pic.twitter.com/oXsrWLk9yB

— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 25, 2017

Or lack thereof.

The Suns led 13-9 after Ulis’ 13-foot floater in the lane, then the Pelicans began their offensive onslaught.

New Orleans scored on seven consecutive possessions in a 16-2 run to go on top 25-15 on Cousins’ driving finger-roll layup with 3:17 left in the first quarter.

The rout was on.

That run reached 33-10 when Miller sank a 3 to make it 42-23 with 8:46 left in the half. The Pelicans outscored the Suns 30-19 the rest of the half.

New Orleans led by as many as 36 in the third quarter.

COLD & COLDER

For the first time in an NBA game in more than two years, neither team made a 3-pointer in the one half of a game. The Pelicans were 0 for 12 in the second half, the Suns 0 for 7. The last time two teams went without a 3 in an entire half came when Orlando played at Washington on Feb. 9, 2015.

Watch out! Here comes Troy Daniels. pic.twitter.com/QNr6zOLx4E

— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) November 25, 2017

TIP-INS

Suns started a “twin tower” lineup of Greg Monroe and Tyson Chandler to try to combat the inside game of Cousins and Davis. … Phoenix ended a stretch where nine of 10 games were at home. Suns were 2-7 in those home contests.

UP NEXT

Phoenix opens a six-game trip Sunday at Minnesota.

Militants attack Egyptian mosque, kill at least 235 people

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In the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt, militants assaulted a crowded mosque during prayers, blasting helpless worshippers with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades and blocking their escape routes. At least 235 people were killed before the assailants got away.

The attack Friday in the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of a mystic movement within Islam. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.

The startling bloodshed in the town of Bir al-Abd also wounded at least 109, according to the state news agency. It offered the latest sign that, despite more than three years of fighting in Sinai, the Egyptian government has failed to deter an IS-led insurgency.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed that the attack “will not go unpunished” and that Egypt would persevere with its war on terrorism. But he did not specify what new steps might be taken.

The military and security forces have already been waging a tough campaign against militants in the towns, villages and desert mountains of Sinai, and Egypt has been in a state of emergency for months. Across the country, thousands have been arrested in a crackdown on suspected Islamists as well as against other dissenters and critics, raising concern about human rights violations.

Seeking to spread the violence, militants over the past year have carried out deadly bombings on churches in the capital of Cairo and other cities, killing dozens of Christians. The IS affiliate is also believed to be behind the 2016 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 226 people.

Friday’s assault was the first major militant attack on a Muslim congregation, and it eclipsed past attacks, even dating back to a previous Islamic militant insurgency in the 1990s.

The militants descended on the al-Rouda mosque in four off-road vehicles as hundreds worshipped inside. At least a dozen attackers charged in, opening fire randomly, the main cleric at the mosque, Sheikh Mohamed Abdel Fatah Zowraiq told The Associated Press by phone from a Nile Delta town where he was recuperating from bruises and scratches suffered in the attack.

He said there were explosions as well. Officials cited by the state news agency MENA said the attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades and shot men as they tried to run from the building. The militants blocked off escape routes with burning cars, three police officers on the scene told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Abdullah Abdel-Nasser, 14, who was attending prayers with his father, said the shooting began just as the cleric was about to start his sermon, sending panicked worshippers rushing to hide behind concrete columns or whatever shelter they could find. At one point, a militant shouted for children to leave, so Abdel-Nasser said he rushed out, though he was wounded in the shoulder by shrapnel and a bullet.

“I saw many people on the floor, many dead. I don’t think anyone survived,” he said at a hospital in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, where around 40 of the wounded were taken, including many children.

Mohammed Ali said 18 members of his extended family were killed in the attack. The mosque belonged to a local clan, the Jreer, so many of its members worshipped there.

“Where was the army? It’s only a few kilometers away. This is the question we cannot find an answer to,” he said.

The attackers escaped, apparently before security forces could confront them.

Afterward, dozens of bloodied bodies wrapped in sheets were laid across the mosque floor, according to images circulating on social media. Relatives lined up outside a nearby hospital as ambulances raced back and forth. The state news agency MENA put the death toll at 235.

Resident Ashraf el-Hefny said many of the victims were workers at a nearby salt mine who had come for Friday services at the mosque.

“Local people brought the wounded to hospital on their own cars and trucks,” he said by telephone.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack. But the IS group affiliate has targeted Sufis in the past. Last year, the militants beheaded a leading local Sufi religious figure, the blind sheikh Suleiman Abu Heraz, and posted photos of the killing online.

Islamic State group propaganda often denounces Sufis. In the January edition of an IS online magazine, a figure purporting to be a high level official in the Sinai affiliate of the group vowed to target Sufis, accusing them of idolatry and heretical “innovation” in religion and warning that the group will “not permit (their) presence” in Sinai or Egypt.

Millions of Egyptians belong to Sufi orders, which hold sessions of chanting and poetry meant to draw the faithful closer to God. Sufis also hold shrines containing the tombs of holy men in particular reverence.

Islamic hardliners view such practices as improper, even heretical, and militants across the region often destroy Sufi shrines, saying they encourage idolatry because people pray to the figures buried there for intercession.

El-Sissi convened a high-level meeting of security officials as his office declared a three-day mourning period.

In a statement, he said the attack would only “add to our insistence” on combatting extremists. Addressing the nation later on television, he said Egypt is waging a battle against militancy on behalf of the rest of the world, a declaration he has often made in seeking international support for the fight.

President Donald Trump denounced what he called a “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshippers.”

“The world cannot tolerate terrorism” he said on Twitter, “we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!” He later tweeted that he would call el-Sissi and said the attack showed the need to get “tougher and smarter,” including by building the wall he has promised along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Islamic militants stepped up their campaign of violence in northern Sinai after the military ousted the elected but divisive Islamist Mohammed Morsi from power in 2013 and launched a fierce crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group.

The result has been a long, grinding conflict centered on el-Arish and nearby villages. The militants have been unable to control territory, but the military and security forces have also been unable to bring security, as the extremists continuously carry out attacks.

The attacks have largely focused on military and police, killing hundreds, although exact numbers are unclear as journalists and independent investigators are banned from the area. The militants have also assassinated individuals the group considers spies for the government or religious heretics.

Egypt has also faced attacks by militants in its Western Desert.

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Associated Press writers Maggie Michael in Ismailia and Ashraf Sweilam in el-Arish contributed to this report.

Ohio judge orders drug dealer to pay for funeral of teen who overdosed

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A judge has ordered a Cincinnati drug dealer, who authorities say was the source behind a teenager’s lethal overdose of fentanyl, to pay for the funeral costs.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett sentenced Michael Chandler to nearly 17 years in prison and ordered the 29-year-old to pay $9,000 in restitution to the teen’s family.

Chandler pleaded guilty to drug distribution on Monday.

Authorities say they were able to trace the fentanyl that killed the 17-year-old, identified in court documents as J.H., back to Chandler. The teen died of an overdose at his Kentucky home in April 2016.

Investigators from the Kentucky Drug Task Force sent a friend of the deceased teen to make a drug purchase from Chandler, WCPO reported. The friend wore a wire and gave the purchased substance, which turned out to be fentanyl, to the Hamilton County coroner’s crime lab, the station reported.

While conducting a search of Chandler’s home, investigators said they found a large amount of fentanyl, along with cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and ammunition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

LeBron James records triple-double as Cavs edge Hornets, 100-99, for 7th straight win

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists, J.R. Smith made the tiebreaking free throw with 48 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to seven straight with a 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

James had season highs in rebounds and assists in his 57th career triple-double. He’s 41-6 in the regular season against Charlotte and the Cavaliers have won 12 of 13, including eight straight against the Hornets.

After Smith split a pair from the line, both teams missed 3-point attempts and Charlotte called time with 11.1 seconds left. Jeremy Lamb missed a 3-pointer after the Hornets inbounded at midcourt and the rebound was tapped out to Kemba Walker, but his 3-point attempt fell well short.

For Black Friday, the Cavaliers wore black uniforms. Cleveland also wore black jerseys when it won the first championship in franchise history, but the current edition is minus the sleeves from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

As the @cavs get ready to #BlackOutTheQ, @FSOAllieOop gives us a close-up look at the unis they’ll be rocking. pic.twitter.com/LKWuKfNnwn

— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) November 25, 2017

James also switched from yellow to black shoes after scoring six points in the first half.

Smith had 16 points, while Kevin Love had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which fell to 1-8 on the road. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams scored 17 points for the Hornets, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Howard’s free throw broke a 93-all tie after Love was called for a blocking foul. Love thought he established position in the lane and waved his hand in disgust following the call.

Howard added two free throws and Kidd-Gilchrist’s layup following James’ turnover pushed the lead to 98-93.

James made a foul shot and converted a three-point play, cutting the lead to one. Kidd-Gilchrist hit a free throw but James scored on a drive that tied the game with 1:48 left.

Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. Coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose, who has played in just seven of Cleveland’s 19 games this season because of a left ankle injury, to return to the team.

TIP-INS

Hornets: G Nicolas Batum (bruised left elbow) was unavailable after being re-injured Wednesday against Washington and is day to day. He has only played in five games because of elbow injuries. Lamb returned to the starting lineup in Batum’s spot. … Charlotte’s only road win came against Memphis on Oct. 30.

Cavaliers: Rose sustained his injury while driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points in his first season with Cleveland. … G Iman Shumpert (sore left knee) could return Monday after missing his third straight game.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host San Antonio on Saturday.

Cavaliers: Travel to Philadelphia on Monday.

A look at the deadliest militant attacks in Egypt

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Egypt was hit by its deadliest ever militant attack when gunmen opened fire and set off explosives at a mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing more than 200 people.

Egypt has been battling an insurgency in the Sinai led by an affiliate of the Islamic State group that intensified after the military’s 2013 ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power. Hundreds have been killed in what has become a grinding stalemate in Sinai. The militants have expanded their attacks to other parts of Egypt, carrying out deadly bombings of churches to terrorize the Christian minority and deadly gunbattles with security forces.

A generation earlier in the 1990s, Egypt faced a campaign of violence by Islamic militants largely based in the south of the country. The militants attacked Christians and security forces and sought to undermine Egypt’s economy by striking tourists. It took years but the government was able to crush it with a heavy-handed crackdown that entrenched the long-term power of security agencies in the country. Some of the campaign’s militant leaders, from Islamic Jihad and the Gamaa Islamiya, would later be prominent in al-Qaida.

Here is a look at some of the deadliest attacks seen in Egypt.

HATSEPSUT’S TEMPLE:

In November 1997, gunmen opened fire on tourists, killing 62 people, at the Temple of Hatshepsut in the southern city of Luxor, site of many of the country’s most dramatic and popular pharaonic monuments. It was the deadliest attack of the 1990s insurgency.

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SINAI ATTACKS:

In the mid-2000’s, newly formed Sinai militant groups carried out a series of bombings against beach resorts. A suicide truck bomber hit a Hilton in Taba on the border with Israel in October 2004, and near simultaneous bombings hit two other Sinai resorts, killing a total of 34 people, mostly Egyptians and Israelis.

In July 2005, bombings hit multiple sites including a hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, the biggest of Egypt’s Sinai resorts, killing 88 people. The following April, bombs detonated at several locations in Dahab, killing 23 people.

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NEW YEAR’S CHURCH BOMBING

A bomb explodes at the al-Qadeeseen Coptic Christian Church, hitting worshippers as they leave a midnight Mass on New Year’s 2011, killing more than 20 people in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. No suspects have ever been named and the crime is still unsolved.

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METROJET FLIGHT 9268

A Russian Metrojet passenger airline crashes in Sinai after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh in October 2015, killing more than 220 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. The Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State group said it blew up the plane with a bomb smuggled on board, and Russia said the aircraft was likely downed by explosives.

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ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS

IS-linked militants have carried out multiple attacks on Egypt’s Christian minority. In December 2016, a bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo killed 30 people and wounded dozens during Sunday Mass.

In April 2017: Suicide bombers hit two churches in the coastal city of Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta during services for Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding dozens. The next month, masked militants killed 28 people when they opened fire on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including children, heading to the remote monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor near the southern town Maghagha.

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ATTACKS ON SECURITY FORCES

The IS affiliate has also succeeded in striking heavy and embarrassing blows on Egypt’s police and military. In July 2014, gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a post in Egypt’s western desert near the Libyan border, killing 21 soldiers. In Sinai only a few months later in October, the IS affiliate struck military checkpoints with surprise attacks that killed more than 30.

In July this year, gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint in northern Sinai, killing 23 soldiers.

Trump tells Turkey's leader: US to stop arming Syrian Kurds

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The United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Donald Trump told the Turkish president on Friday, in a move sure to please Turkey but further alienate Syrian Kurds who bore much of the fight against the Islamic State group.

In a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said he’d “given clear instructions” that the Kurds will receive no more weapons — “and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The White House confirmed the move in a cryptic statement about the phone call that said Trump had informed the Turk of “pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria.”

The White House called the move “consistent with our previous policy” and noted the recent fall of Raqqa, once the Islamic State group’s self-declared capital but recently liberated by a largely Kurdish force. The Trump administration announced in May it would start arming the Kurds in anticipation of the fight to retake Raqqa.

“We are progressing into a stabilization phase to ensure that ISIS cannot return,” the White House said, using an acronym for the extremist group.

The move could help ease strained tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, two NATO allies that have been sharply at odds about how best to wage the fight against IS. Turkey considers the Kurdish Syrian fighters, known by the initials YPG, to be terrorists because of their affiliation to outlawed Kurdish rebels that have waged a three decade-long insurgency in Turkey. Yet the U.S. chose to partner with the YPG in Syria anyway, arguing that the battle-hardened Kurds were the most effective fighting force available.

Cavusoglu, who said he was in the room with Erdogan during Trump’s call, quoted the U.S. president as saying he had given instructions to U.S. generals and to national security adviser H.R. McMaster that “no weapons would be issued.”

“Of course, we were very happy with this,” Cavusoglu said.

Yet for the Kurds, it was the latest demoralizing blow to their hopes for greater recognition in the region. Last month, the Kurds in neighboring Iraq saw their recent territorial gains erased by the Iraqi military, which seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas from the Kurdish regional government in retaliation for a Kurdish independence referendum that the U.S. ardently opposed.

Trump’s decision appeared to catch both the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department off guard. Officials at both agencies, who would normally be informed of changes in U.S. policy toward arming the Syrian Kurds, said they were unaware of any changes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was unclear whether the Trump administration notified the Kurds of the move before telling the Turks. Nor was it how much significance the change would have on the ground, considering the fight against IS is almost over.

The United States has been arming the Kurds in their fight against IS through an umbrella group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, which is comprised of Kurdish as well as Arab fighters.

But the retreat of IS, which has lost nearly all its territory in Syria, has altered the dynamics in the region and a U.S. defense official said he was unaware of any additional arms scheduled to be transferred to the Kurds, even before the Turkish announcement.

Last week, Col. Ryan Dillon, the chief spokesman for the U.S. coalition that is fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, said there has yet to be any reduction in the number of U.S. advisers working with the SDF. His comments appeared to suggest the possibility that changes in the level and type of U.S. military support for the Syrian Kurds could be coming.

As the fight against IS has waned in recent months, the U.S. has pledged to carefully monitor the weapons it provides the Kurds, notably ensuring that they don’t wind up in the hands of Kurdish insurgents in Turkey known as the PKK.

Both Turkey and the U.S. consider the PKK a terrorist group. But the United States has tried to draw a distinction between the PKK and the Syrian Kurds across the border, while Turkey insists they’re essentially the same.

In both Syria and Iraq, the U.S. relied on Kurdish fighters to do much of the fighting against IS, but those efforts have yet to lead to a realization of the Kurds’ broader aspirations, most notably an independent state.

Washington’s support for the Syrian Kurds, in particular, has been a major thorn in U.S.-Turkish relations for several years, given Turkey’s concerns about the Kurds’ territorial aspirations. In particular, Turkey has feared the establishment of a contiguous, Kurdish-held canton in northern Syria that runs along the Turkish border.

Relations between NATO allies Turkey and the United States have also soured recently over a number of other issues, including Turkey’s crackdown on dissent following a failed coup attempt last year.

Ankara has also demanded that the U.S. extradite a Pennsylvania-based cleric that it blames for fomenting the coup, but the U.S. says Turkey lacks sufficient proof.

Lederman reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.