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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. ...



Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Erie County Holding Center corrections officer carries sandbags as he directs inmates to create sandbags to prepare for possible flooding following a massive snow storm in WilliamsvilleBy 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. Creeks appeared to be flowing smoothly and no flooding had been reported as the sun began to go down, county officials said. More than 775 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. ...



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. ...



GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response to Obama

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul speaks to the Chase Federalist Society at Northern Kentucky University, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Highland Heights, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully.



Uncertainty fuels speculation on Ferguson decision

Anthony Grimes kneels on a rain-soaked street as he blocks traffic with other protesters Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. 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) ? The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer, fueling new speculation about the timing as protesters demand justice for Michael Brown.



California bus crash kills 1, injures dozens

REDDING, Calif. (AP) ? A tour bus drifted off a northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man, leaving six others with critical or serious injuries, and sending two dozen people to hospitals with mainly minor wounds, authorities said.


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, Nov. 23, 2014, 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.



Probe begins in fatal shooting of boy by officer

CLEVELAND (AP) ? A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings.


Judge to rule on 1979 missing boy case confession

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez is charged with killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, but a Manhattan judge must decide whether his murder confession in one of the nation?s most haunting child disappearances can be used at a potential trial. Hernandez confessed on hours of video but his lawyer Harvey Fishbein says the admissions were illegal because he didn?t understand his Miranda rights. He says the confession is false, and defense experts have said Hernandez has a mental disorder. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? The suspect in one of the nation's most haunting child disappearances is poised to learn whether his confession can be used at a potential murder trial.



Hundred attend memorial for Indiana aid worker

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? An Indiana aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria was praised for his humanitarian work Sunday during a memorial service attended by hundreds that included readings from the Bible and the Quran.