November 28, 2014

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UPDATED: Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Firefighters doused the blackened remains of some businesses Tuesday morning and at least Read More…

Ohio State not worrying about playoffs, just Michigan

Michigan coach Brady Hoke talks to his team during a game. Hoke would not address his job status Monday. (AP FILE)

COLUMBUS — Brady Hoke refuses to contribute to the speculation about his job security. Hoke batted aside questions about his future with the Wolverines on Monday and instead spoke mainly about his team’s preparation for its upcoming annual grudge match with Ohio State. “They can speculate and all that,” Hoke said. “If I get distracted Read More…

Police: Video of Cleveland officer shooting boy is ‘clear’

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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. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who Read More…

10 Things to Know, Monday, Nov. 24

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. Uncertainty over Ferguson decision feeds anxiety  The grand jury weighing whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown apparently didn’t reach a decision Friday, and there has been no official confirmation on Read More…

Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers

A Christmas tree decorated with lighted marijuana leaves sits in the foreground as bud tenders Maggie Slattery, back left, and John Satterfield check over customer's order in a recreational marijuana shop in northwest Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — That’s not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holidayshopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years — but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using Read More…

Buffalo residents ready for possible evacuations

A dump truck unloads snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo after heavy lake-effect snowstorms, Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Families rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding. Temperatures were expected to hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing Buffalo area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks. “Hopefully the rain won’t be Read More…

Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

Children are shown at an Islamic State group training camp in Raqqa, Syria. Across the vast region in Syria and Iraq that is part of the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate, children are being inculcated with the extremist group's radical and violent interpretation of Shariah law. (AP Photo/Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to Read More…

Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

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NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost. Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple Read More…

Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain

This photo released by New South Wales Police shows a newborn baby who was found Sunday abandoned in a drain in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill, Australia. (AP Photo/NSW Police)

SYDNEY (AP) — A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in Westmead Children’s Hospital a day after cyclists found him in a 2.5-meter (8-foot) deep Read More…

Fear for Afghan women’s rights as troops withdraw

Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barakzai rests at a government hospital she was taken into after a suicide attack last week in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barakzai says the suicide bomber who plowed into her motorcade a week ago wanted to silence a voice on women’s rights with a deafening blast. Barakzai is lucky to be alive after her attacker rammed a car full of explosives into her armored vehicle, killing three civilians and putting her in the Read More…