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US unveils federal law enforcement profiling ban

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 02:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

Chokehold protest turns violent in Calif.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 00:44

Raucous demonstrations hit Berkeley's streets for a second night.

Royal couple: Obama visit, child development tour

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:54

NEW YORK (AP) — While Britain's Prince William meets with President Barack Obama at the Oval Office on Monday and discusses illegal wildlife trafficking at the World Bank, his wife, Kate, will tour a child development center with New York City's first lady, Chirlane McCray.

More 'chokehold death' protests begin on U.S. West Coast after clashes

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 18:59

By Emmett Berg and Sebastien Malo OAKLAND, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. West Coast cities were braced for trouble on Sunday, after a night of clashes in Berkeley, California, and Seattle, as fresh protests started against police violence over the death of a black man who was put in a chokehold by a police officer. Protesters in New York and other cities have staged demonstrations every day since a grand jury's decision on Wednesday not to bring criminal charges against the white police officer whose chokehold contributed to the man's death in New York in July. ...

'Charlie Brown' Christmas tree in Pennsylvania gets lone red bulb

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 18:40

By Daniel Kelley READING, Pa. (Reuters) - A scraggly Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, was adorned on Sunday with a single red bulb, in a ceremony reminiscent of events in the animated holiday classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  The decoration marked the latest turn in a lemons-to-lemonade tale involving the tree, derided as ugly by some who plotted its demise but seen by others as a reflection of the hardscrabble, U.S. rust belt city itself. ...

Kate, William start whirlwind U.S. tour

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 14:23

The British royals arrive in NYC amid a series of protests against police violence.

Survivors gather to remember Pearl Harbor attack

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 14:11

Veterans who survived the Japanese attack attend the 73rd anniversary ceremony.

Carolers in New York tweak classics to protest police violence

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 13:56

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amid a sea of holiday shoppers, about 30 protesters, among them professional opera singers, gathered on Sunday in midtown New York to sing Christmas carols modified with lyrics lamenting recent cases of police violence against African American males.  The event, which drew smiles from onlookers, was in contrast to more charged protests, including a night earlier in Seattle, where people threw rocks at police, and in Berkeley, California, where looters smashed store windows. ...

U.S. couple released by Qatar in child death celebrate their return

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:25

By Daina Beth Solomon PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - An American couple convicted and later cleared in Qatar of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter celebrated their return to Los Angeles with a jubilant church service on Sunday morning. When the pastor announced the arrival of Matthew and Grace Huang along with their children Josiah and Emmanuel, the congregation of 3,000 people applauded and cheered. ...

Survivors gather to remember Pearl Harbor attack

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:22

Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack are gathering for the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the United States into World War II.

Survey: U.S. gas prices fall 12 cents per gallon

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 11:19

A national survey reveals the average price of regular gasoline has plunged another 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.72. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the decline continues ...

George W. Bush weighs in on his 'sister-in-law': Hillary Clinton

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 10:06

The former president says he's saddened that race continues to play a divisive role in the United States, and is dismayed that African Americans don't trust the police.

Yemen says US-led raid killed 10 al-Qaida fighters

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 10:04

A high-risk, U.S.-led raid attempting to rescue hostages in Yemen a day earlier killed 10 al-Qaida militants, Yemeni security officials said Sunday.

1st ID from remains in case of Mexico's missing 43

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 07:28

More than two months after they disappeared, concrete evidence is beginning to emerge on the fate of 43 college students whose case has caused a political crisis in Mexico. At least one of them has been identified among charred remains found several weeks ago near a garbage dump, family and government officials say.

Bachmann ready to leave Congress, but not politics

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 06:43

An audacious conservative, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she was first elected to Congress in 2006. Democrats were ascendant and Bachmann was a stridently Republican new arrival with a homespun Minnesota twang.

Obama on America's racial divide: 'We have made progress'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 06:41

In an interview with BET, the president says the race issues spotlighted by recent grand jury decisions are not going to be solved overnight, but that it's also important to recognize the progress the United States has made on civil rights.

Woman who stabbed U.S. teacher in UAE was 'lone terrorist': agency

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 05:49
DUBAI (Reuters) - A United Arab Emirates woman who killed an American teacher last week has been inspired by "terrorist ideology" acquired through the Internet but investigators have found no links to militant groups, the state news agency WAM reported on Sunday. Attacks on Westerners are rare in the UAE, a wealthy western allied oil exporter and tourism hub, but concern has been rising following a spate of attacks in neighboring Saudi Arabia and after a warning in October about a jihadist web forum calling for attacks on American teachers in the region. ...

Protests over Garner's death turn violent in Berkeley

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:17

Peaceful protests over the chokehold death of Eric Garner took a violent turn in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, when several masked protesters smashed store windows and hurled objects at police officers who used smoke and teargas to disperse the crowd.

U.S. sends Uruguay 6 men from Guantanamo prison

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:13

The deal had been delayed for months by security concerns in the Pentagon and political considerations in the South American country.

Survivors to commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:05

By Treena Shapiro HONOLULU (Reuters) - More than 50 World War Two veterans will gather in Honolulu on Sunday to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that left more than 2,000 Americans dead and thrust the United States into the war. The early morning ceremony on the main lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center was expected to draw 2,500 people, organizers said. Among them will be four of the nine remaining Pearl Harbor survivors who have traveled to Oahu for the last official gathering of the USS Arizona Reunion Association. ...