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Protesters march into San Francisco City Hall over police killing

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 13:00
The San Francisco demonstrators carried signs and chanted phrases like "Fire Chief Suhr" as they took to City Hall to protest the Dec. 2 shooting death of 26-year-old Mario Woods, according to footage of the event recorded by reporters for several local news outlets and uploaded to Twitter. Protesters have railed against San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr numerous times over the shooting, which was captured on camera by bystanders and described as unnecessary by the city's Public Defender.

Chicago 'Black Christmas' protesters march against police violence

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 12:18

Several hundred protesters against police killings of black men marched on Thursday along Chicago's Michigan Avenue, calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down and aiming to disrupt Christmas Eve shopping in a glittering, upscale commercial area. The demonstration was peaceful, but after the main march concluded, police scuffled with a few dozen protesters who were trying to block the entrance to an H&M store and to obstruct traffic both ways on Michigan Avenue, a major thoroughfare. During the march, demonstrators chanted "Sixteen shots and a cover-up," protesting the year-long delay in bringing murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in October 2014 as the black teenager walked away from police, according to footage of the incident.


Shots fired at mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, at least one dead: media

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 11:12
(Reuters) - At least one person was killed when shots were fired inside a mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, local media reported.

Christmastime tornadoes ravage South, killing at least 10

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 10:56

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Bobby Watkins and his wife huddled beneath their oak dining table as storm winds roaring outside their Mississippi home tossed a barn onto their truck outside, tore the steeple off a nearby church and reduced a neighboring building to rubble.


Official: 200 al-Shabab fighters pledge allegiance to IS

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 08:01

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — About 200 Islamic extremist fighters have split from Somalia's al-Shabab rebels, who are allied to al-Qaida, and have instead pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, Kenya's police chief said Thursday.


Trump warns Clinton to be careful in using woman 'card'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 07:35

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump intensified his criticism of Hillary Clinton after she said he had a "penchant for sexism," warning his Democratic rival against using the woman "card" and drawing his full attention. In a familiar pattern for Trump, he responded to fire - this time over a vulgarity he used in describing Clinton's 2008 primary loss - with fire. "Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card," Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.


Deadly storms, tornadoes rip through South

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 05:39

At least seven people have been killed, including a 7-year-old boy in Mississippi.


Several arrests at Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 22:41

Several arrests were made amid protests by the Black Lives Matter group at the Mall of America in Minnesota, officials said. Protesters moved their demonstration to the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport this afternoon after they were forced out of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, where four were arrested.


At least 6 killed as severe storm system sweeps across South

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 20:30

Forecasters warned of a "particularly dangerous situation" as a storm system swept across the country on Wednesday, and officials said they feared Christmas yard decorations would become projectiles.


Severe storms kill six in Southern U.S., snarl holiday traffic

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 19:03

(Reuters) - Severe storms unleashing tornadoes, heavy rain and hail across the southern and central United States left at least six people dead and dozens injured while snarling traffic as holiday travel began in earnest for the Christmas holiday weekend. The stormy weather scrambled winter getaway plans in Florida even as dreams of a white Christmas melted in northeastern swaths of the country where unseasonably warm temperatures prevailed. A large tornado raked a 100-mile stretch of northern Mississippi in the late afternoon, demolishing or heavily damaging dozens of homes and other buildings in a six-county area before plowing into Tennessee, authorities said.


Airlines prep for holiday crush: More flights, bigger planes

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 16:38

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.


Competency evaluation ordered for accused Planned Parenthood gunman

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 16:29

By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado was ordered on Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he insisted on acting as his own lawyer. Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered the examination to determine whether Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is fit to represent himself against charges of murder and other offenses. During the court hearing, Dear said he distrusted his lawyers and demanded to serve as his own attorney.


Black Lives Matter holds 'Black Xmas' protests in Minnesota, California

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 15:48

By David Bailey BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Reuters) - Black Lives Matter held demonstrations in Minnesota and California on Wednesday to protest police killings of unarmed blacks, dubbing the day "Black Xmas" to show it could affect the economy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. "Black communities across the United States are taking brave actions to impede the flow of goods and commerce with peaceful protests to call for an immediate overhaul of the justice system," Black Lives Matter said in a statement on Facebook. "Instead of buying gifts to fuel this system, Black Xmas is a day of action." The loosely organized movement grew out of protests over police killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, New York and other cities.


Black Lives Matter holds 'Black Xmas' protests in Minnesota, California

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 14:28

Black Lives Matter held demonstrations in Minnesota and California on Wednesday to protest police killings of unarmed blacks, dubbing the day "Black Xmas" to show it could affect the economy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. "Black communities across the United States are taking brave actions to impede the flow of goods and commerce with peaceful protests to call for an immediate overhaul of the justice system," Black Lives Matter said in a statement posted on Facebook.


Competency evaluation ordered for accused Planned Parenthood gunman

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 14:28

The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado was ordered on Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he insisted on acting as his own lawyer. Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered the evaluation to determine whether Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is fit to represent himself against murder and other charges. During the court hearing, Dear said he distrusted his lawyers and insisted on acting as his own attorney.


Planned Parenthood shooter to get mental evaluation

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 14:19

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who acknowledges killing three people in an attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic defiantly told a judge Wednesday that he would not submit to a mental competency evaluation and wanted to fire his public defender and represent himself.


Carson suggests campaign shake-up is coming

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 13:38

UPPERCO, Md. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday morning he is moving toward a major shake-up of his struggling campaign, with less than six weeks to go until early voting begins to select party nominees.


Rand Paul Ribs GOP Rivals in Annual 'Airing of Grievances' on Twitter

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 12:32

GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) continued his annual "airing of grievances" tradition today, in which he tweets lighthearted complaints about everything from wasteful government spending to alternate-side parking to people who mock his turtlenecks.But this year Paul had a new target: his rivals for the GOP nomination.The Festivus tradition grew out of an episode of Seinfeld. The Kentucky senator has made the gag his own in the last couple years, exploiting Twitter's town hall-like atmosphere and staccato pacing to rib fellow political figures. ...


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