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Grand jury reaches decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, announcement planned

The St. Louis County grand jury has finally reached a decision. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:46:40 -0500

Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July

Delegations of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, , left side from left, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center right, and former EU foreign pilicy chief Catherine Ashton, center,sit around the negotiations table during their talks on Iran, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool)Negotiators give up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by today's deadline.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:02:57 -0500

Cosby's show nixed in Washington state after sex assault claims

By Piya Sinha-Roy and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled comedian Bill Cosby's show in Yakima, Washington state, has been canceled, venue organizers said Monday, in the latest of several cancellations following decades-old sexual assault allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks. The Capitol Theatre said all ticket holders to the show, scheduled for Saturday, would receive refunds and the show has been postponed indefinitely. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut also said they had indefinitely postponed a performance by the 77-year-old Cosby, scheduled for Jan. 31. ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:28 -0500

Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

FILE - In this May 29, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to John Doar, who handled civil rights cases in the 1960's, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Doar, who as a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s fought to protect the rights of black voters and integrate universities in the South, died Tuesday at age 92. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom made the world stronger, wiser, more beautiful and more humane.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21:26 -0500

Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown marries

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Wilson is not expecting to face criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the nationally watched case for the past several months, a police union official said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson Police Officer Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting. Wilson remains confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off weeks of ongoing protests, has gotten married.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:33:15 -0500

In wake of Spotify pullout, music industry debates streaming

1D, Swift Win Big at AMAsFrom board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:28:12 -0500

Turkey to host training for 2,000 Syrian rebels

Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units walk past an area damaged by what activists said was a car blown up by a suicide bomber loyal to the Islamic State in Al-HrasANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. Turkey had agreed in principle to train and equip Syrian rebel forces as part of the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State, but details on the numbers involved and where the training would take place had yet to be announced. The announcement comes after U.S. ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:27:15 -0500

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to resign

Chuck Hagel will resign his post leading the Pentagon. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:53:07 -0500

UK faces biggest terrorism threat in its history

Britain's Home Secretary May delivers a speech in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history and has foiled around 40 major plots since suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday. The government would on Wednesday set out new laws to take on the militants, May added, including legislation making it easier for security services to track attackers online, and check if radicalised fighters were flying into Britain. ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:45:14 -0500

More bad news for the Today Show

In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo provided by NBC, from left, Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker appear on the "Today" show, in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Bryan Bedder)NEW YORK (AP) — It's rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:19:53 -0500

Albert Einstein's autographed letter sold at auction

Albert Einstein's Autographed Letter Sells for $12,500 at AuctionA letter penned by Albert Einstein during World War II was recently auctioned off in Los Angeles. The auction house Nate D. Sanders, Inc. sold the historical document for $12,500 — significantly more than the $10,000 requested minimum bid. The letter, which Einstein wrote in 1939, was addressed to a hat merchant in New York who was involved in efforts to help European Jews escape the horrors of the Nazi regime. The contents of Einstein's letter don't reveal exactly what actions were taken by its recipient, Isidore Zelnikerof Bronx, New York.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:15 -0500

Uncertainty fuels speculation in Ferguson

Anthony Grimes kneels on a rain-soaked street as he blocks traffic with other protesters Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The weekend passes without a grand jury decision in the police killing of Michael Brown.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:50:07 -0500

Two U.S. soldiers killed in bomb attack in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces stand guard the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Four Taliban militants targeting a compound housing foreign workers in the Afghan capital were killed Wednesday night in a failed assault there, police said, the latest violence targeting foreigners in the country. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)A military vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:33:57 -0500

Marion Barry: A wily survivor leaves the stage

FILE - Former Mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry arrives at a media availability to endorse Mayor Vincent Gray's bid for re-election, in this, March 19, 2014 file photo taken in Washington. Barry, who staged a comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)There is no middle ground in judging four-time Washington mayor Marion Barry, who died Sunday at the age of 78. For many whites, Barry was a politician addicted to alcohol, drugs and power. Meanwhile, most African-Americans in D.C. enshrined him as a strong leader who shared their struggles and overcame the odds; regardless of his personal failings, they embraced him as their own. Yet he failed to improve the lives of the poor Washingtonians who revered him.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:13:08 -0500

Fears of major flooding in snowbound Buffalo ease

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Fears of disastrous flooding from a rapid meltdown of the Buffalo area's 7 feet of snow eased on Monday, but high winds became a menace, threatening to knock down trees and power lines. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:45 -0500

Missouri grand jury makes decision in fatal shooting of black teen

Protesters, demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, stop traffic during a march through a suburb in St. Louis, MissouriBy Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, prosecutors said on Monday. The grand jury's decision will be disclosed later on Monday, said Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, in an e-mailed statement. He did not say what the decision was. The victim's father, Michael Brown Sr. ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:52:40 -0500

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as defense secretary

Obama Announces Resignation Of Chuck Hagel As Defense SecretaryBy Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who took over the Senate and now control both houses of Congress, are looking to bring changes. ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:22:28 -0500

Detroit eyes bankruptcy exit in second week of December: attorney

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitDETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit is eying a date between Dec. 8 and 10 for its debt adjustment plan to take effect, allowing the city to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, an attorney said on Monday. Heather Lennox, Detroit's attorney with law firm Jones Day, told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes that the city expects to complete a budget that incorporates the plan during the first week of December, clearing the way for the completion of financing to fund key creditor settlements. Rhodes, who confirmed the city's plan on Nov. 7, did not set an effective date at Monday's hearing. ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:51:07 -0500

Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:10:28 -0500

Obama defends use of executive action on immigration

President Obama: American People Want 'New Car Smell' in 2016 CampaignPresident 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...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:49:31 -0500

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

FILE - In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference in Washington. Barry, who staged comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:12:45 -0500

New Jersey looks at 'yes means yes' college policy

In this Nov. 11, 2014 photo, Laura Dunn, executive director of the sexual assault survivors’ organization SurvJustice, poses for a picture near a church in her neighborhood in Washington. Dunn, a victim of sexual assault, believes an affirmative consent standard could have helped her 2004 case during campus judicial proceedings, which failed to find wrongdoing, even after appeals. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)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.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:07:40 -0500

Obama: Americans want 'new car smell' in 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton looks on at Chatham House in central LondonPresident Barack Obama says voters want a 'new car smell' in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be 'a great president.'


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:35:13 -0500

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Sgt. Marshall Cashman with the 105th Military Police Company helps remove snow in South BuffaloBy Mark Blinch BUFFALO (Reuters) - 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 (2 meters) of snow. Hundreds of members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. ...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:26:14 -0500

Boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police officer at Cudell recreation center on the west sideA 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:18:05 -0500

Suicide bomber kills at least 45 Afghans

Afghan children are treated at Paktika hospital after suicide attack in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of people, officials said. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said Mokhlis Afghan, the spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. (AP Photo)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country's deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:03:11 -0500

A way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen.-elect, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering in Denver, Colo. 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 can find a playbook in Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)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 can find a playbook in Colorado.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:41:48 -0500

Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties

Russian President Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in MoscowBy Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another 'Iron Curtain'. In an interview published by state news agency TASS on Sunday, Putin also said Western sanctions against Moscow, combined with the slide in the rouble and oil price falls would have no "catastrophic consequences" on Russia's economy. ...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:05:34 -0500

Iran, world powers seek elusive nuclear deal one day before deadline

'Big gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks ahead of deadlineIran and world powers face an uphill struggle to break the deadlock in their high-stakes nuclear negotiations and secure a historic deal on the eve of a deadline. Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna for the talks, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also in the Austrian capital, 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 disputed nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions.


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:10:39 -0500

Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak to the media during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)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.


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:02:24 -0500

Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian FM Zarif and EU envoy Ashton pose for photographers in ViennaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of "serious gaps" in talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday's deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have "never been closer" to agreement since they started negotiating more than six years ago.


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:47:55 -0500
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