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Protests flare after Missouri police killing of armed black man

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 00:38

By Aaron P. Bernstein BERKELEY, Mo. (Reuters) - Protests flared into early Thursday in the St. Louis suburb where a white policeman fatally shot a black man who brandished a gun at a gas station on Tuesday night. A group of protesters marched onto Interstate 170 in the city of Berkeley, Missouri, around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, blocking traffic for roughly 45 minutes. The demonstration followed a vigil at the Mobil On The Run gas station where the shooting occurred. ...

Protesters rally for 2nd night after shooting near Ferguson

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 23:30

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.

Americans appear comfortable with political dynasties

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 23:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really?

Four shot, one fatally, in downtown St. Louis

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 20:00
(Reuters) - A shooting at a downtown St. Louis convenience store on Wednesday left one person dead and three others badly wounded, police said. Police said no suspects were in custody some five hours after the shooting, which was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time. A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman, Schron Jackson, said she was unable to provide any details about the victims, any assailants or circumstances of the shooting. ...

Shooter kills man in Louisiana mall on Christmas Eve

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:09
(Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a New Orleans-area mall still busy with shoppers on Christmas eve, killing a man before he was taken into custody, police said on Wednesday. Gary François, 25, fired multiple shots at 24-year-old James Vaughn, who had just made a purchase at a Foot Locker store inside the Oakwood Center in Gretna on Wednesday afternoon, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Vaughn died at the scene, and François was arrested without incident after fleeing the area. No one else was injured in the shooting, the sheriff's office said. ...

Pope urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Christmas

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 18:24

Pope Francis calls for "tenderness" and "warmth" after a violence-plagued year.

Chinese university bans Christmas, calls it 'kitsch'

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 17:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - A university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a "kitsch" foreign celebration unbefitting of the country's own traditions and making its students watch propaganda films instead, media said on Thursday. The state-run Beijing News said that the Modern College of Northwest University, located in Xian, had strung up banners around the campus reading "Strive to be outstanding sons and daughters of China, oppose kitsch Western holidays" and "Resist the expansion of Western culture". ...

CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 17:10
By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday. The technician, who was working on Monday with Ebola specimens that were supposed to have been inactivated but which may instead have contained live virus, will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the disease's incubation period, CDC officials said. ...

A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 13:48
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was killed in August.

CDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposure

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 13:26

The technician has been working in a secure laboratory, the CDC says.

Potential Ebola Exposure At CDC Lab

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 13:25
The transfer of material from an Ebola virus experiment from one Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab to another earlier this week may have exposed one lab technician to the virus, after it was discovered that the transferred material may have contained live virus, the agency reported Wednesday.

White Christmas expected in Colorado, rain elsewhere in much of U.S.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:24
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Central Colorado is the only part of the United States that can expect to have a white Christmas on Thursday, despite storms that have brought rain and fog to many parts of the country, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday. The forecast comes amid one of the busiest travel times of the year. The AAA travelers' association estimates that 98.6 million people, up 4 percent from last year, will travel more than 50 miles during the period from Tuesday to Jan. 4. ...

Where and when you can watch 'The Interview'

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:05

The controversial R-rated comedy will also simultaneously appear in 300 theaters around the country, setting a precedent for studio use of VOD

U.S. South menaced by storms as Mississippi cleans up from tornadoes

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 09:09
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Severe thunderstorms menaced the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, as emergency workers in Mississippi surveyed damage from tornadoes that killed at least four people and injured 20. As the storms moved eastward on Christmas Eve, damaging wind gusts and possibly more tornadoes threatened northern Florida, parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service. ...

Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:37

A crowd gathered at the scene in Berkeley, Mo., a few miles from Ferguson.

Islamic State makes big capture

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:34

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane was shot down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa. "Jordan holds the group (IS) and its supporters responsible for the safety of the pilot and his life," said a statement read out on state television. ...

Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting in north Florida

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:49
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A firefighter was grazed in the arm during a drive-by shooting at a north Florida fire station on Tuesday evening, local media reported. The firefighter's injuries were not life-threatening, the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters said in a Facebook post. The mayor of the north Florida city condemned the shootings. "I am outraged by cowardly attacks on our brave first responders," said Mayor Alvin Brown in a Facebook post. "These attacks will not be tolerated." The incident follows a violent week for law enforcement officers. ...

Things get worse for 'nut rage' exec

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:08

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case.

IS captures Jordanian pilot in Syria after crash

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 03:42

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State group militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed while conducting airstrikes over Syria, the Jordanian military said Wednesday. It was the first instance of a foreign soldier falling into the group's hands since the U.S.-led coalition began its air campaign against the extremists.

Police shoot black teen at Missouri gas station

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 01:29
By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station late on Tuesday in a St. Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said. A live video feed showed the gas station cordoned off by yellow tape and guarded by police, some in helmets and carrying riot shields, with bystanders shouting at them in a tense standoff. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported that some 60 people had gathered at the scene and that at least three people were arrested. ...