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Court: No promise Ferguson grand jury evidence will be made public

Youths walk past a mural depicting peace in Ferguson on a vacant building up the street from the city's police department, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. 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)Demonstrators and Michael Brown's family have denounced the secrecy of the process.



Obama defends use of executive action on immigration

President Obama Defends Use of Executive Action on ImmigrationPresident 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...



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.



Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury's decision

Barricades block the entrance to the St. Louis County Police Headquarters in ClaytonBy Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer. It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement. ...



Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Erie County Holding Center corrections officer carries sandbags as he directs inmates to create sandbags to prepare for possible flooding following a massive snow storm in WilliamsvilleBy 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. Creeks appeared to be flowing smoothly and no flooding had been reported as the sun began to go down, county officials said. More than 775 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. ...



Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. ...



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.



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.'



Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

A St. Louis County Security Officer places police tape along a barricade outside Buzz Westfall Justice Center in ClaytonCrews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.



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. ...



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.



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.



Former DC 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.



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.



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. ...



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.



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.



Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Ferguson Residents Await Grand Jury Decision In Brown Shooting CaseTensions were high on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with a US grand jury poised to decide whether to prosecute a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager. US President Barack Obama has called for calm, Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency and activated the state National Guard, and the FBI has deployed an extra 100 personnel to the area. Police helicopters trained search lights over Ferguson late Friday as a small gaggle of protesters braved the cold to demand that officer Darren Wilson stand trial for shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown dead on August 9.



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.



Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, speaks during a news conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Gray spoke about preparations as citizens wait for a decision from the grand jury whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.



Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900
BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.
Obama urges critics to 'pass a bill' on immigration

US President Barack Obama delivers 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, 2014Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as he used his weekly address Saturday to again defend his unilateral action shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. "I still believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together –- both parties –- to pass that kind of bipartisan law," Obama said in his weekly radio and television address, referring to a wide-ranging overhaul that had passed the Senate but was blocked in the House of Representatives. "That bill would have secured our border, while giving undocumented immigrants who already live here a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line," the president said, speaking from the Las Vegas, Nevada high school where he launched his immigration reform efforts two years ago. "But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President -- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican Presidents before me -- that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just," he insisted.



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.



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.