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  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:19:39 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — There were only scattered demonstrations around Ferguson during the third night of protests since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

  • Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S. Korea trial

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:27:59 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

  • Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:10:07 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine.

  • Family: Boy's fatal shooting could have been avoided

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:43:11 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said surveillance video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive.

  • Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:31:47 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

  • Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault in Canada

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:19:05 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country's vaunted public broadcaster.

  • South Korea starts trial for Japanese journalist

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:27:52 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

  • Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:23:32 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

  • In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:19:23 GMT

    CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) — The standard "peacemaker" in this highlands Peruvian provincial capital is a whip fashioned from the twisted sinew of a bull penis. It gets a lot of respect. So do the well-organized bands of citizen vigilantes who wield it.

  • Private firms filling Latin America's security gap

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:18:25 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera's computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release.

  • Killing of Guatemalan hunter likely to go unsolved

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:07:58 GMT

    ZACAPA, Guatemala (AP) — Jose Miguel Ramirez went hunting for iguanas on a melon farm, and paid for it with his life. The 19-year-old's body was dumped by a stream near the property line, a bullet hole above his left eye.

  • Hong Kong police arrest protesters, 7 officers

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:57:49 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down, officials said Thursday.

  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:40:30 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

  • Affidavit: US man kept Syria travel plot secret

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:16:48 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An 18-year-old Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join fighters with the Islamic State group had left some clues on Facebook that authorities said hinted at radical ideals but was still able to hide weeks of planning from his parents, according to recently unsealed court documents.

  • Autopsy suggests beheading victim fought back

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:47:02 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An autopsy shows the woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife.

  • Sharpton gathers families of 3 men killed by cops

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:35:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown and relatives of two other unarmed black men killed by police officers joined hands with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday and prayed for justice amid days of protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown.

  • 4 people shot at Pennsylvania mall barbershop

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:10:41 GMT

    READING, Pa. (AP) — Four people have been shot at an eastern Pennsylvania strip mall barbershop where another shooting happened a day earlier.

  • Humane Society offers reward in Alaska dog hanging

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:04:20 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed, the organization said Wednesday.

  • Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:55:03 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say they are looking for a group of "cowards" who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco.

  • Missing woman found dead, stepfather charged

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:51:17 GMT

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his stepdaughter and burying the 33-year-old woman in his yard.

  • Police identify man found after Ferguson car fire

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:46:55 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police say that a 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson, Missouri, after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire.