Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.
11/27/2014 - 09:21 AM
East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico brought rain to cities including New York and Boston. Higher elevations in New England will see about a foot of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison said on Wednesday. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...
11/27/2014 - 09:20 AM
Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.
11/27/2014 - 09:08 AM
Humane Society offers reward in Alaska dog hanging
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed, the organization said Wednesday.
11/27/2014 - 09:04 AM
Special Report: How China's shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan
By Yimou Lee and Faith Hung TAIPEI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ever since a civil war split the two sides more than 60 years ago, China has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that needs to be absorbed into the mainland. To that end, the legion of Taiwanese businessmen working in China is a beachhead. They were there to toast the new head of a local Taiwan merchants’ association. An honored guest, senior Communist Party official Li Jiafan, stood to deliver congratulations and a message.
11/27/2014 - 08:57 AM
US police shot black boy after seconds on scene
US police officers shot dead a 12-year-old black boy carrying a replica gun within seconds of their patrol car arriving on the scene, a surveillance video released Wednesday showed. Tamir Rice died in hospital in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday when two police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, confronted him in a city park. A patrol car pulls up and an officer emerges from passenger side of the vehicle with his gun drawn, immediately shooting Rice as he walks toward the car. "Three commands were given to put up his hands," deputy police chief Edward Tomba told reporters.
11/27/2014 - 08:55 AM
Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say they are looking for a group of "cowards" who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco.
11/27/2014 - 08:55 AM
Celebrities call for 'Black Friday' boycott
US celebrities called for a boycott to take place Friday -- one of the busiest US shopping days -- to protest a grand jury's decision not to prosecute a police officer who fatally shot a black teen. A number of well-known figures, among them hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, have signed onto the action, under the Twitter hashtags #NotOneDime and #BlackoutBlackFriday. Also backing the campaign were TV star Jesse Williams and celebrated journalist Soledad O'Brien, among others. So let's talk to 'em," Williams tweeted, along with a link to a video compilation of police brutality.
11/27/2014 - 08:45 AM
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH
Researchers say they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field. The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed 5,500 people so far, mostly in West Africa. In the first phase of testing, all 20 healthy adults injected with a higher or lower dose of the vaccine developed antibodies needed to fight Ebola, said the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which conducted the study. "The unprecedented scale of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has intensified efforts to develop safe and effective vaccines," said Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is developing the vaccine alongside GlaxoSmithKline.
11/27/2014 - 08:40 AM
Mandolinist Thile to guest host 'Prairie Home'
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Host Garrison Keillor plans to stay home and listen to "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio for a couple of shows this winter.
11/27/2014 - 08:39 AM
Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.
11/27/2014 - 08:34 AM
Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him
CLEVELAND (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.
11/27/2014 - 08:34 AM
Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms
Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast.
11/27/2014 - 08:22 AM
Canadian celebrity radio host charged with sexual assault
By Andrea Hopkins TORONTO (Reuters) - A celebrity radio host at the heart of one of Canada's biggest sex scandals was charged with sexual assault on Wednesday in a case that has grabbed headlines. Jian Ghomeshi, 47, former host of the internationally syndicated music and arts program Q on Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio, appeared in court to answer four counts of sexual assault and one of choking. His lawyer said Ghomeshi would plead not guilty to the charges. ...
11/27/2014 - 08:18 AM
U.S. regulator orders national Takata driver-side air bag recall
By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday ordered air bag supplier Takata Corp to expand its regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States. Such a nationwide recall would affect vehicles made by five automakers: Ford Motor Co; Honda Motor Co; Chrysler Group LLC, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Mazda Motor Corp and BMW AG. NHTSA gave Takata until Tuesday to issue a recall. ...
11/27/2014 - 08:18 AM
Honda recalled cars with Takata air bags in 2002: documents
DETROIT (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata Corp air bags in March 2002, two years before the first known injury that Honda and Takata have linked to a defective air bag inflator, Reuters has learned.
11/27/2014 - 08:18 AM
Takata shares plunge after U.S. orders expanded recall
TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares of Takata Corp fell as much as 6.8 percent on Thursday morning after U.S. auto safety regulators ordered it to expand its regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States.
11/27/2014 - 08:18 AM
Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service to Republican Senator Jeff Sessions could provide a boost to him and other conservatives who are pushing for a December budget confrontation with Obama to try to stop his executive order overhauling the U.S. immigration system. ...
11/27/2014 - 08:11 AM
AP source: Tomas in process of deal with Arizona
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is in the process of agreeing to a $68.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
11/27/2014 - 08:05 AM
Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy'
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.
11/27/2014 - 08:00 AM
Arsenal in 15th straight Champions knockout round
Arsenal reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 15th straight season with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, and Liverpool put itself in position to advance if it wins at home over Basel next month.
11/27/2014 - 07:59 AM
Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett
HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston's quarterback on Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out for the season with a chest injury.
11/27/2014 - 07:44 AM
Two FBI agents shot at house near St. Louis, suspect dead
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday and the suspect was dead in an incident not related to the racially charged unrest around nearby Ferguson, officials said. The agents, one of whom was shot in the shoulder and the other who was shot in the leg, were helping local police try to arrest 33-year-old Major Washington, a suspect in a shooting on Monday night in which Washington's mother was killed and a police officer was shot in the chest, the University City Police Department said. ...
11/27/2014 - 07:42 AM
2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.
11/27/2014 - 07:41 AM
Angry outbursts in Ferguson overwhelm organized protests
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Carey Gillam FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, MO. (Reuters) - Angry over the shooting of Michael Brown, thousands of people in August took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, with the hope the policeman who shot the unarmed black teenager would be charged. This week, the protests have become more violent and less organized as that hope has soured into bitterness over a grand jury's decision not to indict the policeman, Darren Wilson. ...
11/27/2014 - 07:39 AM
Cleveland video shows police shot boy within seconds
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials on Wednesday released a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy that shows him pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive and shoot him within two seconds. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. The caller said the gun could be a fake. The video shows the boy walking and pointing the gun in different directions before entering a gazebo. A patrol car with two officers pulls up to the gazebo. ...
11/27/2014 - 07:37 AM
Suit says Goldman Sachs, others rigged metals prices
Banks Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Standard Bank and a unit of chemical producer BASF conspired to manipulate platinum and palladium prices, according to a US lawsuit filed this week. The class-action suit, filed Tuesday in New York, said the four defendants shared nonpublic information about client purchases and sale orders to manipulate prices for their benefit and to the detriment of plaintiffs. The plaintiff, Modern Settings, a US maker of jewelry and other metal products, alleges it lost value on "tens of thousands of transactions" due to the conspiracy, the complaint said.
11/27/2014 - 07:34 AM
Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer — stout — these guys have just the thing for you.
11/27/2014 - 07:30 AM
In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy
The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke — on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
11/27/2014 - 07:30 AM
Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87
BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.
11/27/2014 - 07:19 AM
Twitter takes note of other apps on smartphones
San Francisco (AFP) - Twitter on Wednesday said it would begin tracking which other applications people have installed on their mobile devices in a bid to better target ads and content.
11/27/2014 - 07:18 AM
Immigrants Social Security eligible in Obama plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.
11/27/2014 - 07:16 AM
Christie tells what goes into his mashed potatoes
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has long boasted about his mashed potatoes, which he'll be whipping up Thursday for his family's Thanksgiving feast.
11/27/2014 - 07:15 AM
U.S. top law enforcer promises strong Ferguson police probe: activists
By Julia Edwards and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told civil rights activists the Justice Department would aggressively investigate police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager, two of the activists said on Wednesday. ...
11/27/2014 - 07:13 AM
American among hostages targeted in Yemen raid
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S operation forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages in a remote corner of Yemen, but a Yemeni official said Wednesday that it did not liberate five others, including an American journalist and a Briton who were moved elsewhere by their al-Qaida captors days before the raid.
11/27/2014 - 07:12 AM
Nielsen: Plenty of holiday programming last year
NEW YORK (AP) — If it's anything like last year, television viewers won't have to look very hard for holiday-themed programming this season.
11/27/2014 - 07:08 AM
A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared debris Wednesday after two nights of unrest — the second far less violent than the first — over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. Protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations in the area.
11/27/2014 - 06:59 AM
Canadian ex-radio host charged with sexual assault
TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges and ordered to live with his mother while the case that has rocked Canada's vaunted public broadcaster is heard.
11/27/2014 - 06:58 AM
More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. ...
11/27/2014 - 06:55 AM
Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table.
11/27/2014 - 06:53 AM
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