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The Latest: Pope urges EU leaders to count on solidarity

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the upcoming European Union summit (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Pope Francis is urging European leaders to resist the "false forms of security" promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union.

Sao Paulo street art debate over what makes cities livable

SAO PAULO (AP) -- When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural -- 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city center. Then this January, they were painted over.

AfricCom chief favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of U.S. Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that it would be "very helpful" to be given more flexibility in combatting al-Shabad militants, both directly and through local partner forces. He said this would allow him to deliver airstrikes in a more timely way.

Jurors convict Missouri mother of poisoning 9-year-old son

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri mother has been convicted of repeatedly poisoning her son with prescription medications, risking his life in what authorities described as an effort to win attention and possibly inheritance payments. St. Louis County jurors found 36-year-old Rachel Kinsella guilty Thursday of first-degree assault and child endangerment, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2nv9aYy ) reports.

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Panthers GM not second guessing playing injured Cam Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman isn't second-guessing the team's decision to allow quarterback Cam Newton to continue to play last season despite a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. Gettleman said Friday, "Cam is a football player and he wanted to play and the medical people felt it was fine, so we did.

Iowa State gives Steve Prohm extension and raise.

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State has given coach Steve Prohm a contract extension and a raise. The Cyclones announced Friday that Prohm's deal will now run through 2022 with an annual compensation of $2 million. Prohm was set to make $1.6 million next season and top out at $1.75 million in 2021 under his previous deal. Iowa State also extended women's coach Bill Fennelly through 2022, though the terms of his deal remain unchanged.

US star Lloyd quick to make her mark at Manchester City

HJORRING, Denmark (AP) -- U.S. captain Carli Lloyd did not need long to make an impact in the Women's Champions League with Manchester City. The two-time world player of the year scored the only goal on her competition debut as City edged Danish side Fortuna Hjorring 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal late Thursday. Midfielder Lloyd powered a bullet header past the Fortuna goalkeeper in the 36th minute.

Suspect identified in quadruple Wisconsin shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer. A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy (NING' - my) Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.

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Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga is at odds with rulings from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland who have issued orders preventing the bulk of the executive order from taking effect.

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- The wounded warrior is now a cop -- and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of training.

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site

FRASER, Mich. (AP) -- Two homes are being torn down to help clear the way for repairs to a broken sewer line that caused a sinkhole on Christmas Eve in suburban Detroit. Three houses had to be condemned in Fraser and a major road has been closed. Macomb County Public Works spokesman Dan Heaton says one of those homes was demolished on Friday and the other is expected to be torn down on Monday.

John Mayer's new single is ode to ex-girlfriend Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Mayer's new single, "Still Feel Like Your Man," is about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry. Lyrics for the upbeat, but wistful single include, "I still keep your shampoo in my shower in case you want to wash your hair." In an interview with The New York Times, Mayer rhetorically asks "who else would I be thinking about" but Perry.

US: Syrian fighters facing little resistance at Tabqa dam

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. military spokesman says the Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters airlifted into combat in northern Syria earlier this week have encountered only light resistance, suggesting that the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise. Col. Joseph Scrocca, spokesman in Baghdad for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, said in an email exchange Friday that the U.S.