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Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots

A resident, lying shirtless, keeps warm as another approaches the blazing skeleton of Juanita's Fashions R Boutique after it was burned to the ground in Ferguson, MissouriBy Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Aiming to head off new looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the grand jury process that led to Monday's decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson. ...

Sharpton slams grand jury process in Ferguson, Missouri, shooting

Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network about tensions leading up to a Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri and allegations of tax issues published in local media in New York(Reuters) - Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton said the grand jury system was misused in the case of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed in August by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb. At a news conference with the Brown family and their lawyers, Sharpton said the grand jury decision not to issue charges against Officer Darren Wilson was not surprising and urged a continued investigation by the federal government. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Brown family attorneys blasts grand jury process

Michael Brown's family attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray speak about the grand jury process in Clayton(Reuters) - Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown blasted the grand jury process that led to a decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed the black teenager in August. Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray said in a news conference that the process had been unfair because the prosecutor on the case had a conflict of interest and because Wilson was not cross-examined. They said a special prosecutor should have been appointed. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Longtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40

In this Oct. 25, 2010 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died. He was 40.

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

Smoldering remains is all this left of a beauty supply that burned to ground Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo. The building and several others in and around Ferguson were burned during protests after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) ? The weeks of anxious waiting and hours of deliberating ended Monday, but the grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown will likely reverberate throughout the community and nation for days to come.

Prosecutor: Lawyer had sex with captive girl, 14

This undated Pennsylvania driver license photo provided by the Philadelphia District Attorney?s Office shows Brian Meehan of Berwyn, Pa. Meehan, 56, surrendered to authorities Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, on charges of having sex with a human trafficking victim, age 14. Authorities said Meehan paid to have sex several times in 2012 in his downtown office with a girl that a Philadelphia couple held captive in their home with four other females. Officials said the couple is also in custody. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via Philadelphia District Attorney?s Office)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A Philadelphia lawyer was charged Tuesday with patronizing a sex-trafficking ring that held a missing 14-year-old girl captive and sent her to his downtown office to have sex with him.

Brown family blasts prosecutor's handling of case

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) ? Attorneys for Michael Brown's family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground.

Independent investigator named for alleged UVA frat gang rape

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - An independent investigator will examine allegations of a 2012 gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house that was described in harrowing detail in Rolling Stone magazine, the state's attorney general said on Tuesday. Attorney General Mark Herring said the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers would examine both the incident in which seven fraternity members are accused and how the university handled the matter. University Rector George Keith Martin apologized to the survivor of the alleged attack, identified only as Jackie. ...

No decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson's future: mayor

(Reuters) - No decision has been made about the future of Officer Darren Wilson with the Ferguson Police Department following the grand jury's decision not to indict him in the fatal shooting of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said on Tuesday. Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown and remains on leave pending the completion of an internal investigation, Knowles told a news conference. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

National Guard not deployed quickly enough to Ferguson: mayor

(Reuters) - The National Guard was not deployed quickly enough in Ferguson, Missouri, after unrest erupted following the announcement that a white police officer would not be indicted in the shooting of a black, unarmed teen, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said on Tuesday. "The decision to delay the deployment of the National Guard is deeply concerning," Knowles told a news conference. "We are asking that the governor make available and deploy all necessary resources to prevent the further destruction of property and the preservation of life in the city of Ferguson. ...