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2 alleged radicals face Ferguson gun charges

Calls for calm, non-violence as Ferguson braces for decisionTwo men are charged with lying on purchase forms, but authorities suspect bigger trouble.


Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 - WHO

A U.N. convoy of soldiers passes a screen displaying a message on Ebola on a street in AbidjanGENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The figures showed an increase of 39 recorded deaths and 106 new cases since those issued on Wednesday. "Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," the WHO said, referring to the hardest-hit countries. All six known Ebola cases in Mali have now died and 327 contacts exposed to the virus are being monitored in the capital Bamako, it said.


Kenya police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in bus

FILE - Armed members of the militant group al-Shabab attend a rally on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia in this Feb. 13, 2012 file photo. Police officials say al-Shabab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus Saturday Nov. 23, 2014 in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board. (AP Photo)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.


Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

Protesters gather for candle light vigil, protesting over the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Against the backdrop of heightened tension, the FBI arrested two men suspected of buying explosives they intended to detonate during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement official told Reuters. ...


FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: law enforcement source

An activist artist pastes images, part of the #AllHandsOnDeck project by artist Damon Davis, on top of boarded-up businesses in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters. Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges. The Aug. ...


Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks on his use of executive authority to relax U.S. immigration policy during a speech at Del Sol High School in Las VegasBy Steve Holland LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration overhaul unilaterally, Obama attempted to rally support for his move in a speech at a Las Vegas high school, saying illegal immigrants need a chance to come out of the shadows. ...


House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man walks in the rubble of the damaged U.S. consulate, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. (AP photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.


Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Adam Lanza's parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with the world, according to a state report issued Friday.


House GOP sues administration over health care law

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to President Barack Obama's intention to spare millions of illegal immigrants from being deported, a use of executive powers that is setting up a fight with Republicans in Congress over the limits of presidential powers, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner, who has refused to have his members vote on broad immigration legislation passed by the Senate last year, said earlier that Obama's decision to go it alone "cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Republicans says Obama overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the ACA.


Senate to vote on two controversial Obama ‘ambassadonors’ Dec. 1
The Senate will vote Dec. 1 on whether to confirm a pair of big-time donors to President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as ambassadors to Argentina and Hungary. It could be Noah Bryson Mamet's and Colleen Bell's last chance — their odds become vanishingly small when the GOP takes over in January.
GOP could struggle to roll back immigration changes

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)Republicans have no clear plan yet on how to respond to Obama's executive action.


More signs of Florida shooter's troubled life

Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo, right, and Florida State police chief David Perry speak at a news conference concerning the on-campus shooting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot three people at a Florida State University library complained to police and property managers in New Mexico that cameras were watching him in his apartment and that he heard voices talking about and laughing at him, according to police reports released Friday.


100-year-old woman sees the ocean for the first time

Ruby Holt, a 100-year-old Tennessee native, walks on the beach for the first time in her life Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Orange Beach, Ala. The Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime organizations both provide Holt a wish of her choice. She chose to see the ocean for the first time. She said she'd never seen anything as big as the ocean. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach.


What the Cosby uproar says about how far we've come

Bill CosbyFor decades, those who accused Cosby did so in the context of a world inclined not to believe them.


Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, a woman walks past an Ebola health care center, rear, to be used for screening for Ebola virus patients at the border village of Kouremale, Mali, between Mali and Guinea. On Mali's dusty border with Ebola-stricken Guinea, travelers have a new stop: Inside a white tent, masked medical workers zap incomers with infrared thermometer guns and instruct them to wash their hands in chlorinated water. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.


More arrests as protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision
By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Riot police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in a case that has exposed fresh strains in often-troubled race relations in the United States. ...
Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman speaks during news conference after talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in BerlinBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say. The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza. Its disclosure comes as ties fray between Israel and U.S.-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank, over a contested Jerusalem shrine. ...


Michael Brown's father issues plea for peace in Ferguson

Michael Brown Sr. PSA video (STL Forward)ST. LOUIS — On the eve of what appears to be a grand jury decision in the shooting death of his son, Michael Brown, Sr. issued a last-minute plea for no more Ferguson riots.


Woman with gun arrested outside White House after Obama's immigration speech

THE SECRET SERVICE DOES ITS JOB(Reuters) - A woman demonstrating outside the White House on Thursday night was arrested for carrying a gun, the Secret Service said, shortly after President Barack Obama began a speech unveiling sweeping reforms to the U.S. immigration system. April Lenhart, 23, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. local time, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email. Obama had started his speech some 30 minutes earlier, during which he imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation. The executive actions ease the threat of deportation for some 4. ...


Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina

Jennifer Rose, a county government employee and Sara Meadows, a teacher, file a marriage license application in CharlestonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for South Carolina to become the 35th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, denying a request to block same-same weddings from proceeding. The order was another victory for gay marriage advocates after a federal judge in Montana on Wednesday struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. "We're really thrilled," said Jeff Ayers, board chairman of South Carolina Equality. "This proves that all the way to the highest court, these were our rights from the beginning. ...


Where is Darren Wilson?

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. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict Wilson. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)The Ferguson police officer remains out of sight as the grand jury decision looms.


Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms

US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with the crowd after delivering remarks on the new steps he will be taking within his executive authority on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 21, 2014US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents. The controversial overhaul, praised by many immigration rights activists, provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and have children that are US citizens or legal residents. I will never give up," Obama insisted at the Las Vegas, Nevada high school where he launched his immigration reform efforts two years ago.


CIA's plan to erase emails comes under fire

BUSH CIAA CIA plan 'could allow for the destruction of crucial documentary evidence...'


Mary Landrieu against the GOP wave

On the morning after the Senate rejected approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the bills's sponsor, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, walks through a corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Landrieu had hoped that passage of the Keystone bill would improve the chances of retaining her Senate seat in a runoff Dec. 6 against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The Louisiana senator’s every move has garnered unusual amounts of attention.


Matt Bai: Uber, Gruber and underlying truth

Uber and GruberSocial media routinely ruins good reputations by magnifying a few clumsy words beyond all proportion. Except, you know, when it doesn't really do that at all.


Texas judge approves execution of mentally ill man

The Wynne Unit in Huntsville, one of the seven prison units in Walker County, Texas, on May 21, 2013Washington (AFP) - A Texas judge on Wednesday refused to postpone the scheduled execution of a convicted killer who suffers from mental illness and is set to face lethal injection on December 3.


Oscar-winning director dies at 83

Entertainment icon Mike Nichols has died at age 83NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.


Gunman killed by police after FSU shooting

Police investigate a shooting at Strozier Library on Florida State campus on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)Three students were also wounded in the shooting at a campus library.


Police arrest protesters as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision
By Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, kept alert on Thursday for signs of tension after arresting five people for blocking a street the night before in a protest demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis suburb has been bracing for months to learn whether a St. Louis County grand jury will charge police officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a case that has become a flashpoint for often-troubled U.S. race relations. ...
Immigrants wait, hope, plan for Obama order

Attorney Alex Galvez poses for a photo in his office in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Immigrants in the country illegally already are flooding attorneys' offices with calls to see if they can qualify under President Barack Obama's yet-to-be-announced plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. Galvez, an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, said he's going to need to add phone lines to keep up with the demand. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigrants in the country illegally already are flooding attorneys' offices with calls to see if they can qualify under President Barack Obama's yet-to-be-announced plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation.


Kasich steals show at governors' meeting

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks to supporters at the Ohio Republican Party celebration Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The wily 62-year-old former congressman butts heads with Wisconsin’s Scott Walker during a heated exchange.


Racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is 'staggering,' study finds

Ferguson awaits Grand Jury decisionAccording to USA Today — which compared arrests reported by local police departments to the FBI in 2011 and 2012 with data from the 2010 U.S. census — at least 1,581 police departments arrest black people at a higher rate than Ferguson, Mo., where blacks are arrested nearly three times more than people of other races.


Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony BlinkenA year after President Barack Obama said the United States must "update our policies" on Cuba, his pick for the No. 2 job at the State Department, Tony Blinken, refused to rule out unilateral steps by the president in the next two years — provided Alan Gross goes free.


'Ready for Hillary' super PAC winding down

Hillary Clinton departs St. Ignatius Loyola church following fashion designer de la Renta's memorial service in the Manhattan borough of New YorkThe super-PAC Ready for Hillary, which launched in late 2012 to urge Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 and is described by some as a "shadow operation" for her would-be campaign, is coming to an end, Politico reports.


Don Lemon to Cosby accuser: 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex'

Don Lemon and Joan TarshisThe host engaged in an awkward exchange with one of Cosby's alleged victims.


NASA simulation shows a year in the life of Earth’s CO2

NASA: A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2NASA scientists created an ultra-high-resolution computer model that gives staggering views of how carbon dioxide swirls around Mother Earth — and the heavy toll it takes on her.


5th death attributed to New York snow

New York dealing with massive snow stormBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a fifth death is being attributed to an unrelenting lake-effect snowstorm that has blanketed parts of western New York.


Deaf man: Brother framed me; 3rd brother disagrees

Attorneys Reginald Garcia, left, and Pat Bliss speak to the Florida Commission on Offender Review on behave of Felix Garcia on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Garcia, a deaf Florida man who supporters say was framed for murder by his brother has a chance to get out of prison. Garcia is serving a life sentence for the murder of Joseph Tramontana Jr. during a 1981 Tampa robbery. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A deaf man serving a life sentence for murder was framed by his brother, supporters of the inmate insist, but in a surprise twist, a third brother showed up to a parole hearing Wednesday and said both his siblings are guilty.


Stephen Colbert to host Kennedy Center Honors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says Stephen Colbert will host this year's Kennedy Center Honors, bringing a new touch to the annual awards show.
Frustrated Senators have questions about Obama’s Islamic State strategy

Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Lack of direction from the White House has frustrated Democrats and Republicans alike.


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