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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 3:00 AM

EGYPT

NEW: Egypt: Car bomb kills 10 soldiers in Sinai

CAIRO (AP) — A car bomb has torn through a bus carrying off-duty army soldiers in the turbulent region of northern Sinai Wednesday, killing 10 and wounding 20.

Security officials say the bomb struck the bus on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish. The soldiers belong to the 2nd Field Army, which is doing most of the fighting against militant Islamists waging an insurgency against security forces in Sinai. The bus was on its way to Cairo

Egypt's police and army forces have been battling a burgeoning insurgency in the strategic Sinai Peninsula since the July 3 military coup that toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

IRAQ

NEW: Wave of attacks in Iraqi capital kills at least 21

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a wave of attacks has hit commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and wounding 72 in mostly Shiite areas.

Police officials say the deadliest attack was in the central Sadria neighborhood, where a parked car bomb went off at an outdoor market Wednesday, killing five shoppers and wounding 15.

Medical officials confirm the causality figures.

Iraq is experiencing a surge in violence since April, following a deadly security raid on a Sunni protest camp in the country's north. Since then, more than 5,500 people have been killed, according to the United Nations.

ASIA-US-SPYING

UPDATE: Indonesia says Australia will stop wiretapping

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's intelligence agency chief says Australia has agreed to stop eavesdropping on the phones of senior Indonesian leaders.

Indonesia recently recalled its ambassador to Australia in response to the allegation.

The intelligence chief says Indonesia has "downgraded" its relations with Australia and is reviewing bilateral cooperation on issues with its neighbor.

CREDIT CARDS-LATE PAYMENTS

Late-payment rate on US credit cards rose in 3Q from 2Q, but declined versus a year earlier

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More Americans fell behind on their credit card payments in the third quarter, when many consumers traditionally hit stores for back-to-school supplies.

Credit reporting agency TransUnion says the rate of credit card payments at least 90 days overdue was 1.36 percent in the July-September quarter.

That's up from 1.27 percent in the previous three-month period, but down from 1.50 percent in the third quarter last year.

The latest card delinquency rate remains the second-lowest on TransUnion's records, which go back to 2007.

Card balances have been dropping over the past year and remain near historically low levels.

Still, TransUnion expects the card delinquency rate to rise slightly in the fourth quarter as many holiday season shoppers put off credit card payments until early next year.

KIDS-DECLINING FITNESS

Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were

DALLAS (AP) — Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on 250 million children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.

Researchers say that on average, children 9 to 17 take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975.

The American Heart Association featured the research at its annual conference in Dallas on Tuesday. The group says the study is the first to show that children's cardiovascular fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades.

JET CRASH

Jet crashes off Florida coast en route to Mexico

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At least two people are dead after a Learjet flying from Florida to Mexico plunged into the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday evening.

There were four people on board. The plane went down about 3 miles northeast of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where it began its flight.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews have located the plane's wreckage and are still searching for the other two people.

PEOPLE-CHRIS BROWN

Chris Brown due back in LA court to update judge

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to update a judge on his probation for his 2009 attack on Rihanna.

Wednesday's hearing is the first time Brown has been in court since he was arrested last month in Washington, D.C. A 20-year-old man accused Brown of punching him after he tried to get in a photo with the R&B singer.

Brown denied to police that he hit the man but was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Since then, the Grammy-winner has entered and left rehab for anger management treatment.

Brown probation for assaulting Rihanna was briefly revoked this summer after a hit-and-run incident. He was also ordered to redo 1,000 hours of community service because there were questions about whether he actually completed his initial penalty.

OBAMA-JFK

NEW: Obama to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to John F. Kennedy two days before the 50th anniversary of his assassination by honoring two of the slain president's lasting initiatives and visiting his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

At the White House on Wednesday, Obama is to bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans, including former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Kennedy established the modern version of the medal in the months before he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

It's the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian.

Afterward, Obama, Clinton and their wives will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Kennedy's grave.

Obama also plans an evening speech highlighting Kennedy's legacy of public service.

JFK-PHYSICIAN'S WRISTWATCH

Watch believed used to time JFK's death for sale

NEW YORK (AP) — A wristwatch that's believed to have been used to declare the time of President John F. Kennedy's death is going on the auction block in New York City.

The 18-carat Patek Philippe (PAH'-tehk fih-LEEP') timepiece worn by Texas neurosurgeon Dr. Kemp Clark is estimated to bring up to $150,000 at Christie's on Dec. 17.

His mother had bought it for him in 1949 for $750.

MACY'S PARADE-FLOAT FLAPS

NEW: Macy's Thanksgiving parade awash in float flaps

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats this year. Controversies involve the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.

Activists plan to line the route of next week's parade to protest a SeaWorld float over accusations in a new documentary that the theme parks treat whales badly. And ranchers succeeded in getting Jett pulled off the South Dakota tourism float after they questioned why the vegetarian and animal-rights ally was representing their beef-loving state.

The float flaps threaten to shake Macy's traditional position of staying out of politics and soaring above the fray with massive balloons of Snoopy, Kermit the Frog and others.

Macy's issued a statement saying the mission of the parade is "entertainment."

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