BEIJING

Apple finalizes deal to sell iPhone via China Mobile

Apple Inc. announced Sunday that it has finalized a deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier.

The deal has been in the works for years as Apple sought to gain a stronger foothold in this crucial smartphone market. Apple has been selling the iPhone through smaller carriers in China, but the reach of these companies collectively still left Apple as the fifth-largest seller of smartphones in the country.

Although Apple’s new product launches tend to draw the most frenzied attention, analysts have long said a deal with China Mobile was the single most important thing the company could do to reignite its rate of growth, which had been slowing over the last year.

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will go on sale Jan. 17 through China Mobile and Apple stores in China.

NEW YORK

Man throws son, himself off roof of 52-story building

A man involved in a custody dispute who was supposed to turn his 3-year-old son over to the boy’s mother Sunday instead threw the child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building before jumping to his death, police said.

Officers responding to an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the building on the Upper West Side around noon Sunday found Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn and the boy on the lower rooftops of two separate nearby buildings.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his son, Kirill Kanarikov, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.

The boy’s mother had custody of the child and the father, who had visiting rights, was supposed to hand the boy over to the mother at a police precinct Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

CLEVELAND

Man who helped women escape gets a book deal

The man who famously put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house over a decade has signed a contract to publish his memoirs.

Charles Ramsey signed the deal with the Cleveland publisher David Gray & Co. on Thursday.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter escaped to freedom May 6.

“What you saw on TV doesn’t even begin to tell the story,” Ramsey said in the company’s announcement.

Ramsey, who had been working as a dishwasher, has started work on the book, due for spring publication, with co-author Randy Nyerges.

“Charles says outrageous things, but what a story he has,” Nyerges said.

– From news service reports