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Uzbekistan's acting president wins election overwhelmingly

MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan's acting president has overwhelmingly won a tightly controlled presidential election in the Central Asian country's first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, election officials said Monday. Shavkat Mirziyoyev garnered 88.61 percent of the vote, Central Election Commission head Murza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said during a briefing in Tashkent. Turnout was 87.83 percent, according to officials.

A seasoned film critic eyes TV in 'Television: A Biography'

NEW YORK (AP) -- At 75, David Thomson is the sultan of cinema criticism. British-born but long based in America, he is the author of nearly two dozen film-related books including "Moments that Made the Movies," "'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films" and "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film." Now Thomson has switched his gaze, and his analysis, to the TV medium. In "Television: A Biography" (Thames & Hudson, $34.

Libyans say they have driven IS out of nearly all of Sirte

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan officials say allied fighters have driven Islamic State militants from the last street they held in the city of Sirte after months of fighting, but that clearing operations are still underway. Sirte was the only major city held by IS outside of Iraq and Syria.

19-year-old charged in shooting death of teen in King

KING, N.C. (AP) -- A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a teen in King. Police tell local media outlets that Roger Dale Phillips III is accused of shooting 17-year-old Chanler Gilham to death outside an apartment complex on Saturday night. Police say Gilham was shot in the chest. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

"The Walking Dead" Recap: "Sing Me a Song"

Gene Page/AMC (NEW YORK) -- The penultimate episode of  The Walking Dead  before next Sunday's mid-season finale opens with Michonne whistling on a road, deliberately drawing out walkers. She dispatches a pair before dragging one off.  Meanwhile, Rick and Aaron wake up at a box truck at dawn, during their supply run.  A different box truck has two Saviors stopped, awaiting a highway of walkers to shamble by before they start rolling again.

Police send gas station robbery suspect Facebook message

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Police in one Pennsylvania town have sent an armed robbery suspect a message on Facebook, and it's not because they want to be friends. Bridgeville police say 32-year-old Robert Watkins III has been identified as the suspect in the Thanksgiving Day robbery of a Gulf station.

Train carrying nearly 100 BMWs derails near Columbia

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A train carrying nearly 100 BMWs from a plant in the Upstate has derailed near Columbia. Multiple media outlets report that train was on its way to Charleston from the BMW plant in Greer when it derailed in Jenkinsville on Sunday afternoon. Officials say no people were hurt but that two locomotives and 97 BMW cars were damaged.

Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to sing

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- He won't be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet. Dylan, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, declined the invitation to the Dec. 10 prize ceremony and banquet, pleading other commitments.

Sepp Blatter loses appeal at CAS against 6-year FIFA ban

GENEVA (AP) -- Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA. Blatter said in a statement Monday it is "difficult" to accept but that "the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected." The former FIFA president, who was banned for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011, said he will accept the decision.

No new charges for man who struck kids as they crossed road

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Asheville police say a driver who struck two children and a woman will not face more charges in the crash at this time. Police say in a news release Monday that Elvin Hernandez had a green light on Thursday evening when he struck all three. Ten-year-old Alexander Bautista-Gomez and 5-year-old Milena Alejandro-Bautista died at Mission Hospital. Seventy-two-year-old Aurora Garcia was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Carson rose from poor childhood to acclaimed neurosurgeon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson has often recounted his childhood as the son of a single mother in inner-city Detroit. In his 1996 autobiography "Gifted Hands," Carson wrote of the humiliation he felt using food stamps from his mom to pay for bread and milk, and said he began to excel at school only after receiving a free pair of glasses that allowed him to see the lessons written on chalk boards.

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the State Department announced. The scam was orchestrated by "Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings" and a Ghanaian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large. Raids led to the recovery of 150 passports from 10 countries and visas from the U.S.

The Latest: Czechs send medics to Iraq for IS battle

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Iraq's Mosul offensive (all times local): 4 p.m. The Czech Republic is deploying medical personnel to Iraq as part of international efforts to combat the Islamic State group. The Czech Defense Ministry says a surgical field team of 17 left Prague early Monday. The team is heading to a U.S.

Donald Trump Picks Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump announced today he intends to nominate Ben Carson for the cabinet position of Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities," Trump said in a statement released Monday.

Salisbury Man Fires Assault Rifle in D.C. Pizzeria Named in Fake News Conspiracy

(WASHINGTON) -- Authorities arrested a man on Sunday who fired an assault rifle inside a popular Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant that has become a target after being featured in a fake news story. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, entered Comet Ping Pong in Northwest D.C. on Sunday afternoon wielding an assault rifle -- sending patrons fleeing from the popular pizza joint -- before firing one shot, according to police.

Your Body: Can Cranberries Actually Help Prevent UTIs?

By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Cranberry products have been widely promoted to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections -- or UTIs. The theory is that the active ingredient in cranberry inhibits bacteria from attaching to urinary tract cells therefore preventing them from multiplying and creating an infection.