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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. ...



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. ...



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. ...



Rhodes scholars for class of 2015 announced

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.


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.



Anxieties mount as Ferguson awaits jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) ? Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently needed more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge.


More than 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago: reports

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 32 horses died in a fire at a stable and boarding facility in a town outside Chicago, local media reported on Sunday. Five horses survived the fire at the Valley View Acres stable in Woodstock, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul Deraedt told the Sun Times and other local media. Deraedt and Valley View Acres could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the fire at the two-story barn about 11 p.m. on Saturday, the reports said. ...


Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms

A dump truck waits to dump snow that is being hauled from surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, 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) ? First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt.



Mother who shot children dies from her injuries

Investigators worn the scene of a shooting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tabernacle, N.J. New Jersey State Police say two people are dead and two were found wounded in a shooting in the southern New Jersey home. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) ? A New Jersey woman who authorities say shot all three of her children, killing two of them, before turning the gun on herself died Sunday from her injuries, state police said.



New York City baby shot as father cleaned illegal weapon, police say

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A nine-month-old baby was shot and severely wounded on Sunday by her father, who told New York City police his gun accidentally discharged while he was cleaning it. Police in Brooklyn responded to a 911 call on Saturday afternoon and found the baby girl with a gunshot wound to her lower left abdomen, a spokeswoman from the New York City Police Department said. The baby was struck by a bullet from a .45 caliber handgun that had been obtained illegally, the spokeswoman said. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital for surgery, she said. ...