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Explosions hit mosque in northern Nigeria

Friday, 28 November 2014 09:15

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- Three explosions rocked a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, worshipers there said.

The blasts happened after people gathered there for Friday prayers.

Information about casualties or what caused the explosions wasn't immediately available.

Kano is one of the areas in northern Nigeria where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has fought an anti-government campaign to institute Sharia, or Islamic law.

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  • Pope Francis is making a rare three-day visit to Turkey
  • He will meet with Turkey's political leaders and join religious celebrations
  • He was invited by Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church
  • Turkey is hosting many refugees who've fled violence in Iraq and Syria, including Christians

Ankara (CNN) -- Pope Francis will meet with Turkey's leaders Friday on the first day of a rare papal visit to the predominantly Muslim country.

A photo released November 24, 2014 by the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown© Provided by AFP A photo released November 24, 2014 by the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown

The Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teen sparking months of protests in the city of Ferguson will never return to policing, his lawyer said.

Darren Wilson is currently in discussions with the Ferguson, Missouri police department on the terms and conditions of his departure, attorney Neil Bruntrager said this week.

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, with energy shares likely to be under heavy pressure in a holiday-shortened session as crude oil tumbled to a four-year low.

* Wall Street was closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and will shut three hours earlier on Friday. Trading volatility could spike since many market participants were extending the holiday.

* U.S. crude futures <CLc1> slumped 6.5 percent to $68.93 per barrel.

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June 8, 2013. Burt Reynolds accepts the Alpha Male award at the seventh annual Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards in Culver City, California. (Reuters)

Burt Reynolds is selling off a host of personal items to help his finances. The “Deliverance” star is auctioning off his 1998 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in “Boogie Nights,” a red jacket from “Smokey and the Bandit II” and hundreds of other Hollywood memorabilia in a bid to drum up cash.

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Feb. 16, 2014. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrive for the British Academy Film Awards 2014 After Party at the Grosvenor Hotel, in central London. (The Associated Press)

Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Hanks and Wilson will host the ceremony Dec.

Dazzling new magic show debuts on Broadway
Friday, 28 November 2014 09:14
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Andrew Basso, center, in a scene from the Broadway show, "The Illusionists," in New York. (The Associated Press)

One grew up idolizing Harry Houdini. The other worshipped David Copperfield. Now they're both in a place known more for jazz hands than sleight of hand.

Italy's star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, who focuses on technology-based tricks, are two of the seven magicians set to play Broadway this winter in the show "The Illusionists.

By Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online.

Most major retailers now open their doors Thursday evening and offer extended holiday deals rather than limiting them to one day.

So, how close are we to total chaos in college football?

And by total chaos, I mean two-loss teams entering the playoff discussion.

So close, you

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune wants to know which Louisiana prep football team has the best-looking helmet and it's your chance to tell us.

We've put the

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