November 29, 2014

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Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth Read More…

Most police shootings don’t end with prosecutions

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, on Monday, at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury’s decision to spare police officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges makes his case the latest in a long line of police shootings that show the latitude that the law and the courts give law enforcement in using deadly force. The question for the panel that decided the case Read More…

Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard in streets

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown’s death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown’s family and others. Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and Read More…

Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision

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Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. They led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of “hands up, don’t shoot,” the refrain that Read More…

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…