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Missouri town on edge awaiting grand jury decision on police shooting

Woman stops to visit the memorial set up where Michael Brown was shot and killed in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - An uneasy quiet settled over Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday evening after another day without a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen. With the St. Louis suburb and the rest of the country waiting for an announcement, activists and police have been taking steps to avert more street violence. The Aug. 9 shooting triggered months of protests and a national debate over police violence. ...



Volunteer snow shovelers hit Buffalo streets as flooding fears rise

Volunteers, led by the Old First Ward Community Association, gather for a shovel brigade coordinated by the City in BuffaloBy 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. ...



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. ...


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) ? Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78.



Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision

Journalist Trey Yingst is arrested during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) ? Crews erected barricades 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.



Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, speaks during a news conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Gray spoke about preparations as citizens wait for a decision from the grand jury whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)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.



Official: Man who killed deputy had made threats

Crime Scene GenericTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) ? A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff's deputy who responded, fatally shooting the deputy and wounding another before he was killed by a police officer who lives nearby, a law enforcement official said.



Baby girl accidentally shot in New York City home

NEW YORK (AP) ? Police say a 9-month-old girl is hospitalized after she was accidentally shot inside her home in New York City.


Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge NY snow

Beth Bragg carries a shovel to the Old First Ward Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Volunteers registered at the center and fanned out to the hardest hit areas of Buffalo to help clear snow after this week's heavy lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ? Beth Bragg's home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. But she was still out first-thing Saturday with her shovel ? along with hundreds of other volunteers.



New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

Spaceport executive director Christine Anderson gives her report to members of a legislative finance oversight committee at the New Mexico State capitol on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Richard Holdridge, left, chairman of theBoard of Directors, Spaceport Authority appeared with Anderson. (AP Photo/The New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.