• Reports: Ferguson grand jury still undecided, reconvening Monday

    The 12-member panel is still reviewing the shooting death of Michael Brown.

  • Barricades go up in St. Louis County as decision looms

    On Saturday, grand jury watch started to feel more like a hurricane watch here in the heart of St. Louis County. Workers scrambled Saturday morning to barricade police headquarters and other government buildings, residents grabbed supplies at a corner store and some shop owners finished boarding up windows.

  • 'Moment of truth' nears in Iran nuclear talks

    Iran and world powers still appeared a long way off from a nuclear deal late Saturday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and officials on both sides warning of major gaps two days before a deadline. Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Austrian capital since Saturday midday, 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 nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions.

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  • Missouri town on edge awaiting grand jury decision on police shooting

    By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Residents of a St. Louis suburb were braced on Saturday for a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen, a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and a national debate over police violence. With a grand jury verdict expected at any time, protest leaders and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been taking steps to avert more street violence, especially if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. ...

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  • Volunteer snow shovelers hit Buffalo streets as flooding fears rise

    By Aaron Ingrao BUFFALO (Reuters) - As temperatures near Buffalo, New York, rose above freezing on Saturday, volunteers fanned out to help their neighbors clear the walls of snow that have paralyzed parts of the region this week, but the warming trend also raised the threat of flooding. More than 200 volunteers, called the Shovel Brigade Mob, armed themselves with shovels and headed into neighborhoods south of downtown Buffalo. The group said some residents were still stuck in their homes, days after a lake-effect system clobbered the region with up to seven feet of snow. ...

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  • Four dead in murder-suicide on South Dakota reservation, police say

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A South Dakota man shot and killed three people and critically wounded a fourth person before taking his own life at a residence on a Native American reservation, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Local police cooperating with Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Police had launched an early morning manhunt for the shooting suspect but later said the gunman was among the dead found inside a residence in the city of Sisseton, on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. ...

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  • Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

    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.

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  • Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

    Tensions 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.

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  • Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes

    U.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.

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  • Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Obama urges critics to 'pass a bill' on immigration

    Obama 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.

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  • House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

    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.

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

    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.

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  • House GOP sues administration over health care law

    Republicans says Obama overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the ACA.

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  • 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

    Republicans have no clear plan yet on how to respond to Obama's executive action.

  • More signs of Florida shooter's troubled life

    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.

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

    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.

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

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