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Ferguson protesters decry report officer Wilson may return to work

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 11:09

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Activists protesting the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman expressed anger on Saturday after the city's police chief told local media the officer could return to work if a grand jury does not to charge him criminally. The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which saw weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. 9 shooting, is on edge as a grand jury decides whether the officer, Darren Wilson, will face charges for the shooting of Michael Brown. ...

A world away from Ferguson protests in quiet St. Louis suburb

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 04:15

By Scott Malone FLORISSANT Mo. (Reuters) - In this quiet city just north of Ferguson, Missouri, the neat streets of small homes and shops show no signs of the racial tension that has gripped the adjacent St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting in August of an unarmed black teen. In riot-scarred Ferguson, many businesses remain boarded up three months since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Florissant shows no obvious mark of racial tensions, apart from a few "I Love Ferguson" signs put up to show support for its southern neighbor. ...

Obamacare's 2.0 health insurance enrollment period begins

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 04:06

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan to extend private health coverage to the uninsured entered a new uncertain phase on Saturday as government-backed online insurance marketplaces opened their 2015 plans to millions of potential enrollees. The website was widely expected to avoid the mishaps of a year ago, when technical glitches paralyzed operations and drove Democrat Obama's signature domestic policy to the brink of disaster, exposing him to criticism from Republicans who have campaigned for its repeal. ...

Putin gets cool G-20 welcome over Ukraine conflict

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:15

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin faced a chorus of criticism Saturday at a world leaders' summit, where the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine threatened to overshadow talk of global economics.

Hopes and fears as health law sign-up season opens

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opened Saturday, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience.

At G20 summit, U.S. and Europe blast Russia over Ukraine

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:42

By Alexei Anishchuk and Gernot Heller BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Western leaders attending a G20 summit blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine, threatening further sanctions if Russia did not withdraw troops and weapons from its neighboring nation. U.S. President Barack Obama said Russian aggression against Ukraine was a threat to the world, while the European Council demanded Moscow put pressure on rebels there to accept a ceasefire. ...

Georgia police arrest father, daughter accused of starving infant

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:12
(Reuters) - Police in Georgia have arrested a man and his young adult daughter after they allegedly starved to death his 15-month-old infant child and left three other children and a young adult woman emaciated in a hotel room, authorities said on Friday. The 44-year-old man and his 23-year-old daughter were both arrested and charged with first-degree murder, malice murder and 6 counts of cruelty to children and a disabled adult, the Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. The father was also charged with rape, incest and aggravated sodomy of the young adult daughter, police said. ...

Pennsylvania police spent $11 million on ambush suspect manhunt: report

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 20:26

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania State Police spent roughly $11 million on the weeks-long manhunt in the Pocono Mountains to capture a survivalist charged with shooting two state troopers and murdering one, local media reported on Friday. The funds went mostly toward paying overtime and benefits for troopers hunting Eric Matthew Frein over the 48 days of the search, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, citing a police spokeswoman. The tally excludes expenses paid by other law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, in the weeks leading up to Frein's capture on Oct. ...

Parents of slain Missouri teen return home after U.N. testimony

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 19:21

By Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The parents of the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, said on Friday they hoped their meeting with a United Nations committee would help to improve the tone of race relations in the United States. Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, whose 18-year-old son Michael Brown Jr. was killed on Aug. 9, provoking weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations in Ferguson, spoke to reporters at a St. Louis airport after returning from Geneva, where they met members of the U.N. Committee on Torture. ...

Obama pledges $3B to help poor nations on climate

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will give $3 billion to a U.N.-established fund to help poorer vulnerable countries prepare for a changing climate and develop cleaner energy, President Barack Obama announced Saturday.

If cleared, Ferguson officer Darren Wilson works 'immediately'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:05

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be “immediately” returned to active duty if he is not indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Chief Tom Jackson told Yahoo News on Friday.

Russian chill permeates G20 summit

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:04

Russia's Cold War-style standoff with the West sent a chill through G20 talks aimed at heating up the world economy on Saturday as leaders kicked off a summit in Australia. Global warming also emerged as a focus for leaders including Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping of China, posing another distraction for the Australian hosts after they had committed to confining the Brisbane summit to an ambitious growth agenda.

L.A. school district claimed girl consented to sex with teacher

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:39
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has come under fire from legal experts for asserting in court that a 14-year-old girl had consented to sex with her teacher and for introducing her sexual history in response to a lawsuit brought by the student. A number of legal scholars and attorneys specializing in sex abuse cases said the argument that the girl bore some responsibility for the affair was at odds with the minimum age of consent - 18 - established in criminal law. ...

NSA chief calls for 'less simplistic' debate

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:35

Michael Rogers gets somewhat combative when talking about the image of his agency.

Obamacare architect mocks critics

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:57

Jonathan Gruber made inappropriate comments while dismissing concerns about the law.

Awaiting Ferguson grand jury, activists drill protest tactics

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:23

By Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - In a former union hall in downtown St. Louis, about 100 activists formed a rough circle and, at the instruction of organizer Michael McPhearson, crossed the room wading through a crowd of people going the opposite way. "How hard was that? How much harder will it be after the grand jury comes back?" McPhearson, executive director of activist group Veterans for Peace, asked the group, which ranged from young black college students to bearded white retirees. Police around the St. ...

Republicans mull response to Obama on immigration

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:22

The House GOP are debating how to respond to the president's executive action.

Parents of Sandy Hook massacre victims say they get scant help from state

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:17

By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN Connecticut (Reuters) - Parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut said on Friday that state officials had failed to provide them adequate mental health care in the wake of one of America's worst mass shootings. "We didn’t even know we had been assigned a case worker the day of the shootings until a few days ago," said Jeremy Richman, the father of a six-year-old girl killed in the attack. The girl's mother, Jennifer Hansel, said "to this day" it is unclear how and where to get counseling. ...

Same-sex couples file Supreme Court appeal

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

Window washers describe 'panic' of dangling 69 floors above New York

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:56

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two window washers who dangled from a broken scaffold 69 floors above the ground at One World Trade Center said on Friday their emotions ranged from terror to resolved calm while they awaited rescue and the rest of New York held its breath. Two days after the harrowing accident at the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Juan Lopez, 33, said the scare has convinced him to end his days of high-altitude work - at least for now. "There's a lot of options for window cleaning - a lot of ground floor jobs," he said. "I will probably do that. ...