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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. ...

Boehner: I'm ready to 'reappoint' members to special Benghazi panel in new Congress

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 01:00

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent or standing, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January. Boehner’s statement did not mention that another vote would need to occur in order for Gowdy to have a panel to lead or for other Republicans to serve on it.

With no indictment, chaos fills Ferguson streets

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:45

Protesters set fires and loot businesses in the area where Michael Brown was fatally shot.

At least 12 buildings go up in flames in violence-torn Ferguson area

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:44

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - At least a dozen buildings were set on fire in Ferguson, Missouri, most of them destroyed, in a wave of civil unrest following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in August, police said on Tuesday. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar also said he personally had heard about 150 gunshots fired during a night of looting, arson and clashes between demonstrators and police that resulted in at least 29 people arrested. ...

What Darren Wilson told the grand jury

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:24

A St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses — many of whom gave conflicting statements — before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Thousands rally across U.S. after Ferguson decision

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:56

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

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. ...