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Reports: Ferguson grand jury still undecided, reconvening Monday

Woman stops to visit the memorial set up where Michael Brown was shot and killed in FergusonThe 12-member panel is still reviewing the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:53:49 -0500
Barricades go up in St. Louis County as decision looms

Clayton, Missouri Boarded Businesses (Yahoo/Jason Sickles)On Saturday, grand jury watch started to feel more like a hurricane watch here in the heart of St. Louis County. Workers scrambled Saturday morning to barricade police headquarters and other government buildings, residents grabbed supplies at a corner store and some shop owners finished boarding up windows.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:31 -0500
'Moment of truth' nears in Iran nuclear talks

'Big gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks ahead of deadlineIran and world powers still appeared a long way off from a nuclear deal late Saturday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and officials on both sides warning of major gaps two days before a deadline. Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Austrian capital since Saturday midday, called this final weekend of talks, after months of negotiations, a "moment of truth". At stake is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:14:30 -0500
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. ...

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:56:00 -0500
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. ...

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:55:34 -0500
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. ...

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:55:46 -0500
Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak to the media during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:02:24 -0500
Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Ferguson Residents Await Grand Jury Decision In Brown Shooting CaseTensions were high on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with a US grand jury poised to decide whether to prosecute a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager. US President Barack Obama has called for calm, Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency and activated the state National Guard, and the FBI has deployed an extra 100 personnel to the area. Police helicopters trained search lights over Ferguson late Friday as a small gaggle of protesters braved the cold to demand that officer Darren Wilson stand trial for shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown dead on August 9.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:25:35 -0500
Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian FM Zarif and EU envoy Ashton pose for photographers in ViennaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of "serious gaps" in talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday's deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have "never been closer" to agreement since they started negotiating more than six years ago.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:47:55 -0500
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.

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:03:51 -0500
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