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National Guard, police curb Ferguson unrest as protests swell across U.S.

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the Aug. ...

Eastern U.S. storm threatens to foil Thanksgiving travel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A storm expected to blast the East Coast with rain and snow through Thursday morning is threatening to snarl traffic for millions and impede air travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico and is sweeping the northeast will bring rain to major cities, including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see as much as a foot of snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...

Cleveland to release video of police shooting of 12-year-old boy

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials said they would release on Wednesday video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a pellet gun. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. Police asked Rice to raise his hands, but an officer shot him when he instead reached for the pellet gun, police said. He died on Sunday. Police have said the video, which has no audio, clearly shows what happened. It will be released at about 1 p.m. local time. ...

Man paralyzed by police urges retrial decision

PITTSBURGH (AP) ? Defense attorneys for a young black man paralyzed after being shot by a white city police officer during a traffic stop contend his life is being endangered by a prosecutor's delay in deciding whether to retry him on some criminal counts.

Mac and Cheese beak-to-beak in contest for Obama turkey pardon

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce Wednesday afternoon whether Mac or Cheese will be America's top turkey, then both birds will travel to their new home: a farm in Virginia. U.S. presidents have been pardoning turkeys since the 1800s as part of the country's national Thanksgiving holiday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course. ...

Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

FILE - in this July 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Inhofe, who will take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January, said in a statement late Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2104, that a stricter standard to be announced Wednesday by the Obama administration on smog-forming pollution allowed in the air "will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades." He vowed "vigorous oversight" of the proposal in his new position. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.

AccuWeather Maps: Tracking today's snow

AccuWeather Maps: Tracking today's snowAccuWeather has updated information on Wednesday's storm track and expected snowfall.

Endangered orangutan born at Indiana zoo

In this Nov. 25, 2014 photo provided by the Fort Wayne Children?s Zoo a baby female Sumatran orangutan is held by her mother, Tara, at the zoo in Fort Wayne, Ind. The baby, born Saturday, is the only Sumatran orangutan born in the United States this year, although two other orangutans also are pregnant, according to the zoo. (AP Photo/Fort Wayne Children?s Zoo)FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) ? There's a new, hairy baby at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. And she's especially rare.

Foster dad pleads guilty in hot car death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ? A foster dad has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car outside of his house while he and his partner smoked marijuana.

FBI: Texas investigators stole rare comic books

HOUSTON (AP) ? Two Houston-area investigators are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rare comic books while working an embezzlement case.