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Violence in Ferguson after no indictment announced

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:21
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and businesses, several of which were later set ablaze, and officers lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds Monday as violence overtook protests in Ferguson.

Obama appeals for calm after Ferguson decision

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint.

Obama on Ferguson: U.S. 'has more work to do' on race relations

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:16

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama issued an appeal on Monday for restraint by protesters and police after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen last August. In a late-night appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama also urged Americans to understand that much work remained to be done to improve relations between black Americans and law enforcement. "We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make. ...

Missouri police officer not charged in black teen's shooting

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:42

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri police officer has not been charged for the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, an incident that set off weeks of sometimes violent protests around the St. Louis area, a county prosecutor said on Monday. ...

Grand jury: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:28

Crowds of unhappy protesters gather in the St. Louis area.

In wake of Ferguson grand jury decision, fed investigations go on

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:25

Under the lead of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department is still pursuing two investigations related to the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Ferguson protests small but growing amid din of car horns, drum

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:08

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Tensions mounted among hundreds of protesters waiting for Monday night's grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, as National Guard and police moved into position for possible mass arrests. ...

Missouri governor calls for peace in Ferguson

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:53

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for "peace, respect and restraint" when a grand jury announcement is made on whether a white police officer will be charged with fatally shooting a black 18-year-old.

Live updates on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:28

A Missouri grand jury has reached a decision on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Yahoo News is providing live updates below.

Top contenders to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:40

President Barack Obama on Monday praised the service of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel but gave no hint as to whether he has settled on a shortlist for a successor. Instead, the president announced that Hagel would stay on until a successor has won Senate confirmation. One of numerous potential candidates to replace him, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., has already pulled his name from contention.

Obama awards Medal of Freedom to 18, including Streep, Wonder

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:13

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday presented the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 18 artists, politicians, writers, scholars and activists, including actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. "Not only have they made the world better, but by following their example they make us a little bit better every single day. We are truly grateful to them," the president said in a White House ceremony. ...

Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom made the world stronger, wiser, more beautiful and more humane.

Cosby's show nixed in Washington state after sex assault claims

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:51
By Piya Sinha-Roy and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled comedian Bill Cosby's show in Yakima, Washington state, has been canceled, venue organizers said Monday, in the latest of several cancellations following decades-old sexual assault allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks. The Capitol Theatre said all ticket holders to the show, scheduled for Saturday, would receive refunds and the show has been postponed indefinitely. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut also said they had indefinitely postponed a performance by the 77-year-old Cosby, scheduled for Jan. 31. ...

Detroit eyes bankruptcy exit in second week of December: attorney

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:51

DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit is eying a date between Dec. 8 and 10 for its debt adjustment plan to take effect, allowing the city to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, an attorney said on Monday. Heather Lennox, Detroit's attorney with law firm Jones Day, told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes that the city expects to complete a budget that incorporates the plan during the first week of December, clearing the way for the completion of financing to fund key creditor settlements. Rhodes, who confirmed the city's plan on Nov. 7, did not set an effective date at Monday's hearing. ...

Grand jury reaches decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, announcement planned

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:46
The St. Louis County grand jury has finally reached a decision.

Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown marries

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:33

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off weeks of ongoing protests, has gotten married.

In wake of Spotify pullout, music industry debates streaming

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:28

From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact ...

Turkey to host training for 2,000 Syrian rebels

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:27

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. Turkey had agreed in principle to train and equip Syrian rebel forces as part of the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State, but details on the numbers involved and where the training would take place had yet to be announced. The announcement comes after U.S. ...

Confession of accused Etan Patz killer admissible as evidence: NY court

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:24

By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The confession of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished from a New York street more than three decades ago, can be used as evidence against him, a Manhattan court ruled on Monday. Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to police in 2012 that he had choked Patz and stuffed him alive in a garbage bag in 1979, has been charged with murder. Hernandez, a New Jersey man who at the time of the boy's disappearance worked at a deli in his Soho neighborhood, no longer admits to the crime, according to his lawyer, Harvey Fishbein. ...

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:18

Negotiators have given up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by a Monday deadline.