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Court: No promise Ferguson grand jury evidence will be made public

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:27

Demonstrators and Michael Brown's family have denounced the secrecy of the process.


Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury's decision

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:58

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer. It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement. ...


Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:35

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. ...


Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:26

Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet of snow.


New Jersey looks at 'yes means yes' college policy

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:07

You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals.


Boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:00

A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer.


Obama defends use of executive action on immigration

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 07:49

President Barack Obama defended his decision to use executive authority to enact changes to the U.S. immigration system during an exclusive interview for “This Week,” challenging Republican Speaker John Boehner to “pass a bill” if he was not satisfied with the president’s unilateral actions. “Congress...


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 05:43

Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.


Putin says Russia is not isolated over Ukraine crisis: TASS

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 01:42

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin denied Moscow would be isolated internationally over the Ukraine crisis and said Russia's economy would not be the only one to suffer from Western sanctions and falls in oil prices and the rouble. The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its backing for separatists in the east opposed to Kiev's rule. "We understand the fatality of an 'Iron Curtain' for us," Putin was quoted as saying the TASS news agency in an interview published on Sunday. ...


A way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 00:53

DENVER (AP) — Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama's moves on immigration without alienating the nation's fast-growing population of Hispanic voters may find a playbook in Colorado.


Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 23:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.


Afghan parliament approves US, NATO agreements

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 23:19

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants.


Reports: Ferguson grand jury still undecided, reconvening Monday

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:53

The 12-member panel is still reviewing the shooting death of Michael Brown.


Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge N.Y. snow

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:33

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Beth Bragg's home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. But she was still out first-thing Saturday with her shovel — along with hundreds of other volunteers.


'Moment of truth' nears in Iran nuclear talks

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:14

Iran and world powers still appeared a long way off from a nuclear deal late Saturday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and officials on both sides warning of major gaps two days before a deadline. Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Austrian capital since Saturday midday, called this final weekend of talks, after months of negotiations, a "moment of truth". At stake is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions.


Barricades go up in St. Louis County as decision looms

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:00

On Saturday, grand jury watch started to feel more like a hurricane watch here in the heart of St. Louis County. Workers scrambled Saturday morning to barricade police headquarters and other government buildings, residents grabbed supplies at a corner store and some shop owners finished boarding up windows.


Missouri town on edge awaiting grand jury decision on police shooting

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:40

By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Residents of a St. Louis suburb were braced on Saturday for a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen, a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and a national debate over police violence. With a grand jury verdict expected at any time, protest leaders and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been taking steps to avert more street violence, especially if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. ...


Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:02

Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.


Four dead in murder-suicide on South Dakota reservation, police say

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:55
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A South Dakota man shot and killed three people and critically wounded a fourth person before taking his own life at a residence on a Native American reservation, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Local police cooperating with Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Police had launched an early morning manhunt for the shooting suspect but later said the gunman was among the dead found inside a residence in the city of Sisseton, on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. ...

Volunteer snow shovelers hit Buffalo streets as flooding fears rise

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:52

By Aaron Ingrao BUFFALO (Reuters) - As temperatures near Buffalo, New York, rose above freezing on Saturday, volunteers fanned out to help their neighbors clear the walls of snow that have paralyzed parts of the region this week, but the warming trend also raised the threat of flooding. More than 200 volunteers, called the Shovel Brigade Mob, armed themselves with shovels and headed into neighborhoods south of downtown Buffalo. The group said some residents were still stuck in their homes, days after a lake-effect system clobbered the region with up to seven feet of snow. ...


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