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U.S. issues travel warning for Djibouti over terror threat

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:58
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States has issued a warning to travelers citing "specific threats from terrorism" aimed at Western and local interests in the east African nation of Djibouti. Djibouti hosts U.S. and French military bases and is an ally in the U.S.-led fight against militant Islam. Somali al Qaeda-linked militants have previously attacked Djibouti, saying it was to punish the east African state for contributing to an African Union force in Somalia. ...

Two FBI agents shot at house near Ferguson unrest

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:50
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was "not directly related" to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said. One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the leg while assisting local police in executing an arrest warrant, FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said in a brief statement. Their injuries were not life-threatening. "The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests," Wu said, but did not elaborate further. ...

Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:17

People from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second straight night.

Guard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:10

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:05

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent. The warning marks a major setback to House and Senate negotiators who were trying to reach a deal on so-called "tax extender" breaks worth some $440 billion over 10 years. "The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement. ...

More U.S. troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:27
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to a St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the St. Louis County grand jury process that led to Monday's decision not to bring charges. ...

Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policy

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:59

Taking on the hecklers who've been interrupting his speeches lately, President Barack Obama argued back Tuesday with a point-by-point rebuttal of their arguments and suggested they "get the facts."

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.

Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:19

By Steve Holland CHICAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. At least four hecklers, all of them women, yelled at the president at the Copernicus Center where he had gone to promote his go-it-alone immigration plan that will remove the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants. ...

Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:41

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.

Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson explains why he feared for his life

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:32
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos spoke to the Ferguson police officer.

Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson explains why he feared for his life

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:32
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos spoke to the Ferguson police officer.

U.S. judge rules Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:16
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge ruled on Tuesday that an Arkansas constitutional amendment that defines legal marriage as being only the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said the Arkansas amendment enacted about a decade ago denied U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law for same-sex couples. ...

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:32

Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most ...

Sharpton slams grand jury process in Ferguson, Missouri, shooting

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:00

(Reuters) - Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton said the grand jury system was misused in the case of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed in August by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb. At a news conference with the Brown family and their lawyers, Sharpton said the grand jury decision not to issue charges against Officer Darren Wilson was not surprising and urged a continued investigation by the federal government. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Brown family attorneys blasts grand jury process

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:45

(Reuters) - Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown blasted the grand jury process that led to a decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed the black teenager in August. Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray said in a news conference that the process had been unfair because the prosecutor on the case had a conflict of interest and because Wilson was not cross-examined. They said a special prosecutor should have been appointed. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Extremely rare for grand jury not to return indictment, statistics show

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:46
The grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown was historic for many reasons, including the fiery protests that erupted in its wake. It was also historic in how rare it is for a grand jury not to return an indictment.

Celebrated California farm sows seeds for next generation

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:54

By Mary Milliken RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing up among rows of purple haze carrots, delicate Mara des Bois strawberries and corn sweet enough to eat raw, Makoto Chino might have been one of the best-fed kids in America. He would see celebrated chefs like Julia Child and Alice Waters visiting his family's Southern California farm and learning from his father Tom Chino about the painstaking attention to quality and experimentation. The chefs would sign the kitchen wall in homage to the work of the Japanese-American family. ...

Michael Brown’s friend upset and angry that cop walks free, vows the ‘fight doesn’t stop here’

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:39
Michael Brown’s friend says that he does not condone the violence or looting that broke out after a grand jury failed to indict officer Darren Wilson in the young man’s death – but he understands where it comes from.

Police say 61 arrested in rioting around Ferguson, Missouri

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:14

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Some 61 people were arrested during a night of unrest in the St. Louis suburbs following a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teen, the St. Louis County Police Department said on Tuesday. People were arrested on charges ranging from unlawful assembly to arson and burglary during a night when angry crowds set fires to buildings and cars and looted businesses, while police responded with tear gas and flash-bang canisters. ...