Chinese air patrols...7 dead after Iran quake...Lindsey Vonn skiing again after reinjuring knee

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 28 at 3:00 PM

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has sent fighter jets and an early warning aircraft to patrol its newly declared maritime air defense zone in the East China Sea. The flights come after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent aircraft through the airspace in defiance of Beijing's rules. China's air force calls the patrols "a defensive measure and in line with international common practices."

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An earthquake in southern Iran has killed at least seven people and injured dozens more. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, and the U.S. Geological Survey says it struck some 38 miles north of the country's only nuclear power plant. State television carried a statement from the plant's operators saying it sustained no damage in the quake.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Dominican Republic has sent more Haitians and other people of Haitian descent across the border into Haiti. The exodus began after a Dominican mob killed a Haitian man suspected of involvement in the slaying of an elderly Dominican couple in an apparent burglary. The Haitian prime minister's office says the country has received nearly 500 people this week.

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a cold and windy Thanksgiving in the East, but that's not stopped some cherished traditions from continuing. Gusty winds limited use of balloons during the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, but in New York City, handlers kept a tight leash on Snoopy, SpongeBob, the Pillsbury Doughboy and 13 others as they flew through the canyons of Manhattan. The cheering throngs bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining.

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is skiing again for the first time since a training crash last week left her with a partially torn ligament in her right knee. In a post on her Facebook page, the reigning Olympic downhill champion says she is "happy to be on the mountain doing what I love." She also attached a picture of herself on a slope in Vail.

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