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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.
Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault in Canada
TORONTO (AP) ? Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country's vaunted public broadcaster.
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 was TV star Jesse Williams, while journalist Soledad O'Brien retweeted a message with the hashtag #NotOneDime. So let's talk to 'em," Williams tweeted, along with a link to a video compilation of police brutality.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2014. There are 34 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.
Passions still inflamed but Ferguson starts to calm
The streets of Ferguson were decidedly calmer on Wednesday after two days of nationwide protests against the decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. Just a few dozen protesters and clergy braved rain and light snow to protest outside the police department in the St Louis suburb, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed on August 9. A Missouri grand jury decided Monday not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson, who fired the fatal shots -- a move that inspired coast-to-coast anger in the United States as well as a rally across the Atlantic in London. After they were rebuffed, extra police and a National Guard Humvee were drafted to protect the building.
Callahan nets 2 goals, Lightning beat Rangers 4-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ? Ryan Callahan downplayed stealing the spotlight in Martin St. Louis' homecoming.
US automakers aim for luxury market in China
China is the new El Dorado for US automakers looking to develop sales of their luxury brands, which globally are lagging behind German and Japanese competitors. General Motors, the largest US automaker, already sells more cars in China each month than it does in its home market and expects that to continue. "Our joint ventures in China are working to boost production capacity by 30 percent to more than five million units annually by 2015," GM executive Mary Barra told the firm's annual shareholders meeting. GM launched a Chinese-produced luxury sedan, the XTS, last year and is steadily adding more vehicles to its Cadillac range.
South Asian leaders don't sign expected agreements
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) ? South Asian leaders flew to a mountain resort near Nepal's capital Thursday for a last effort to reach agreements on roads, railways and energy, and for a much-anticipated meeting between Pakistan and Indian leaders.
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.
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. The four defendants participated in twice-daily "fixings" teleconference calls to set prices for the physical metals markets in a process set up by the London Platinum and Palladium Market in 1987.
LeBron scores 29, powers Cavaliers over Wizards
LeBron James produced game highs of 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to spark the Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington 113-87, avenging a loss to the Wizards five days earlier. James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who rejoined Cleveland this season after four years at Miami, has struggled to pull the team's talent together after only one month of the NBA season. Kevin Love on Wednesday added 21 points and australian guard Kyrie Irving contributed 18 points for the Cavaliers, who also had 15 points off the bench from guard Dion Waiters.
Hong Kong police arrest protesters, 7 officers
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down, officials said Thursday.
Gilbert, Chattanooga stun No. 4 Lady Vols 67-63
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) ? Chattanooga's Jim Foster ? a Hall of Fame coach and wine aficionado ? watched his team deliver a vintage performance on the eve of Thanksgiving.
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.
Asian shares mostly higher on China stimulus hopes
TOKYO (AP) ? Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday on hopes for more stimulus in China. Hong Kong's market was steady after the arrests of dozens of pro-democracy protesters as police acted on court orders to clear barricades from major streets.
Pakistan under pressure to save trade agenda at South Asia summit
By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - South Asian leaders will pile pressure on Pakistan on Thursday to salvage a summit in Nepal by agreeing to electricity sharing and the free movement of vehicles across borders, measures aimed at boosting trade among nearly a quarter of the world's people. ...
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH
Researchers say they're a 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 nearly 5,700 people, 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.
U.S. regulator orders national Takata driver-side air bag recall
By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday ordered Japanese air bag supplier Takata Corp to expand its regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States. NHTSA gave Takata until Tuesday to declare that its air bag inflators are defective and issue a recall. If it does not, NHTSA could begin steps to fine the Japanese firm up to $7,000 per vehicle, as well as forcing a recall. The regulator is limited and cannot fine a company more than $35 million. The U.S. ...
Exclusive - Japan eyes military aid to spur defense exports, build security ties: sources
By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shift away from the country's pacifist past and strengthen Tokyo's regional security ties as China's military power grows. As a first step, the government plans to convene an advisory panel to consider specific proposals to create a way to finance military sales by Japanese firms and fund defense industry cooperation abroad, four people involved told Reuters. ...
Spurs' Popovich undergoes medical procedure
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will miss Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers after undergoing what the team is calling a minor medical procedure.
Bulgaria charges radical imam with supporting Islamic State
By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - A Bulgarian imam and six others detained during a special operation by security forces earlier this week have been charged with supporting the ultra-radical militant group Islamic State, Bulgarian prosecutors said on Wednesday. Charges against Muslim prayer leader Ahmed Mussa, five men and one woman include propagating an anti-democratic ideology and incitement to war, both verbally and with videos and images, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov said. ...
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.
Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ...