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15 arrested as demonstrations return to Ferguson

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 23:56

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Disrupting commerce, transit and traffic became focal points for demonstrators across the country days after the announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Washington state woman shoots man trying to enter home: TV station

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 21:43
(Reuters) - A woman shot a 22-year-old man trying to barge into her home early on Thanksgiving morning in a Seattle suburb, and he may have been drinking and gone to the home by mistake, a television station reported. The 33-year-old mother of three woke to the sound of banging on her front door at about 3 a.m. on Thursday in Edmonds, a suburb north of Seattle, the station, KING 5, said. It quoted police as saying the man pushed open the door but the woman met him at the entrance and tried to shut it. Growing concerned she might lose the struggle, she shot him in the abdomen, it added. ...

Two shot, one killed in Chicago Nordstrom store: Chicago Tribune

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 19:26
(Reuters) - Two people were shot, and one of them killed, in a Chicago Nordstrom on Friday, sending Black Friday shoppers scattering from the store, the Chicago Tribune reported. Police discovered two people suffering from gunshot wounds when they responded to the call around 8:30 p.m., said Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney. Police said it appeared to have been a domestic violence incident, and a shooter was not believed to be on the loose. They gave no further details. ...

New York boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 16:56

Two boys were trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them.


St. Louis-area mall closes on Black Friday as Ferguson protests spread

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 15:44

By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson, Missouri, at the start of the holiday shopping season on Friday as protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some retailers around the country. After a quiet Thanksgiving Day, protesters were out in force again to vent their anger at Monday's decision by a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb. ...


Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 14:48

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.


'Gray Thursday' makes for smoother Friday shopping

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:05

Those hunting for bargains at Minnesota retailers Friday morning found that Black Friday's steady slide back into Thanksgiving Day made for smoother shopping. By sunrise Friday, it was clear that the post-Thanksgiving ...


Cape Verde volcano threatens to destroy villages

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 11:22

The government called for an emergency meeting with U.N. officials.


Ray Rice wins appeal, eligible to play

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 11:01

Ray Rice has won his appeal of the NFL's disciplinary decision.


Judge orders Wal-Mart to let NYC church challenge gun sales

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:09

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns and other potentially offensive products. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday said the world's largest retailer wrongly excluded such a proposal from Trinity Church, a historic Wall Street church, from its June 6 annual meeting. ...


Christmas tree arrives at White House

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 09:31

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the annual Christmas tree delivery at the White House on Friday, heralding the start of the holiday season. Two horses pulled the nearly 20-foot (six-metre) fir tree to the front door of the White House late Friday morning as a small military band played the traditional carol "O Christmas Tree. ...


Ferguson protests move to retail stores

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 09:10

Protesters interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area Friday to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.


Pregnant St. Louis woman loses left eye after police officer shoots non-lethal round at car

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 08:41

A pregnant St. Louis woman lost her left eye during a violent run-in with cops earlier this week.


'Black Friday' shoppers clash in the U.K.

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 07:34
Shoppers compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley, north London November 28, 2014. Britain's high streets, malls and online sites were awash with discounts on Friday as more retailers than ever embraced U.S.-style "Black Friday" promotions, seeking to kickstart trading in the key Christmas period. In the United States the Friday following the Thanksgiving Day holiday is called Black Friday because spending usually surges and indicates the point at which American retailers begin to turn a profit for the year, or go "into the black". REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS ANNIVERSARY)

Black Friday shopping crowds thin after Thanksgiving rush

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 06:05

By Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Most major retailers now open their doors Thursday evening and offer extended holiday deals rather than limiting them to one day. The result is a quieter experience on what has traditionally been the busiest, and sometimes most chaotic, shopping day of the year. ...


Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 05:22

NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.


Texas police kill man who fired at Austin buildings

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 05:09
By Jim Forsyth AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police in Austin shot and killed a man who opened fire on three major buildings in the Texas capital on Friday and also may have had some type of explosive device in his vehicle. Police received a call at 2:22 a.m. local time about shots being fired in the downtown area, Raul Munguia, the Austin Police Department's assistant chief, told reporters. He said the suspect appeared to be firing on the Austin Police Department headquarters, the Mexican Consulate and the Federal Courthouse. ...

U.N. torture watchdog urges U.S. to crack down on police brutality

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 04:56

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations. The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 came in the wake of racially-tinged unrest in cities across the United States this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. ...


French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 03:25

PARIS (AP) — France's government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate.


Black Friday underway across America

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 02:24

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning.


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