Many school districts in and around Ferguson, Missouri, have canceled classes today, because of concern about the safety of getting children to and from school. A night of unrest left at least 14 people hurt, and brought more than 80 arrests in Ferguson and St. Louis. The streets are mostly clear this morning, after erupting in anger overnight following the announcement that a grand jury had decided not to charge a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old
Home Depot says it faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards. The nation's biggest home improvement retailer says in a regulatory filing today that several state and federal agencies also are looking into the data breach and it may face more litigation from customers, banks, shareholders and others. Home Depot disclosed the breach in September.
St. Louis County Police say there were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing. There were 21 arrests in St. Louis, where the mayor says protesters broke some store windows along South Grand Avenue. The chief of the county police says unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, he doesn't think there's a way to stop people who, in his words, "really are intent on destroying a community."
Firefighters are dousing the remains of some businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, where at least one building is still on fire. Some of the stores that weren't burned overnight have smashed windows. But the streets of the St. Louis suburb are mostly clear this morning. The community erupted into unrest after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots.
A flood warning is issued until late this afternoon for parts of a five-county area of western New York, as the 7 feet of snow that fell last week continues to melt in warmer weather. The National Weather Service says moderate flooding is possible along some creeks in the area, but fears of disastrous conditions have eased. All public schools in Buffalo have reopened after having been closed since last Tuesday.
An employee of Hess Corporation faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to a company credit card. Monica Causgrove pleaded guilty yesterday to wire fraud. Investigators say Causgrove used a Hess credit card and her position at the energy company for charges including a stay at a resort in Jamaica.
Authorities in Florida say they've broken up a high school prostitution ring organized by a 17-year-old Sarasota High School student. The teen faces felony charges of human trafficking of a person under 18. Venice police say a 21-year-old man is accused of paying $40 and a bottle of liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. Officials say the ring was uncovered when four students confided to administrators.
Pope Francis is telling European lawmakers that there's no room when it comes to refugees for self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel social conflict. In a speech today to the European Parliament, Francis demanded that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the thousands of refugees coming ashore need acceptance and assistance.
Russia won't be getting a French-built warship any time soon. France today suspended the planned delivery after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. Under growing pressure from allies over the Ukraine crisis, the French president's office announced the suspension "until further notice."
Why wait to shop on Black Friday? An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms suggests that shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day. For example, the researcher Market Track says, there are a total of 86 laptops and tablets deeply discounted as door buster deals at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on the holiday compared with just nine on Black Friday.
British lawmakers say the two Islamic extremists who brutally murdered a soldier on a London street in May 2013 had been under scrutiny by the intelligence services, and one had said in an online exchange months before the attack that he planned to kill a soldier. British lawmakers say "there is a significant possibility" that the murder could have been prevented.
North Korea brought together thousands of protesters today to rally against a United Nations resolution condemning Pyongyang's human rights record. The protesters carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. Such mass rallies are organized by the government and are used to express its official line. North Korea has denounced the U.N. resolution.
Iran's supreme leader is talking tough to western global powers about talks to blunt the country's nuclear ambitions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran will not be brought to its knees. Khamenei has final say on all state matters. Iran and the major global powers agreed yesterday to keep talking despite a Monday midnight deadline for a deal. Khamenei has so far backed the nuclear negotiations.
President Barack Obama is on the road again today to promote his new executive actions on immigration, this time in Chicago. Congress is in holiday recess and Obama is trying to take the initiative while Republicans are still trying to present a unified opposition strategy. Obama's orders could spare millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from being deported.
Thanksgiving could look more like Christmas in parts of the East and holiday travelers could get the short end of the stick thanks to an approaching weather system. A nor'easter is expected to develop along the East Coast. Forecasters say the coast is likely to get mostly rain while inland areas could see heavy snow, but the storm track is uncertain.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the fabric of the Ferguson, Missouri community has been torn apart by violence that followed the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. Belmar says the protests have been much worse than the violence that followed the August shooting.
Authorities say they heard hundreds of gunshots as Ferguson, Missouri erupted in protest following a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer accused of killing an unarmed black 18-year-old. The gunfire and chaos prevented firefighters from getting near flaming buildings and cars. At least a dozen businesses were badly damaged or destroyed. Thousands rallied peacefully in other U.S. cities.
Austin-area police have arrested a man they say assaulted his ex-wife and set a house fire that killed his daughter's dog. Manor police have charged Olen Gist with first-degree felony arson, cruelty to animals and assaulting a family member. Police say Gist was with his ex-wife and daughter on Thursday when an argument started. They say he punched his ex-wife in the head and left.
Amarillo police are investigating unrelated homicides after two men were found slain over the weekend. Eric Smith was found shot in the head Sunday in the parking lot of the Paradise Club. Officers found Sal Ramirez stabbed in the head at a house on Sunday night. Both men were taken to area hospitals and later died.
Government health officials are boosting their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer. The Food and Drug Administration said doctors should not use the devices, called laparoscopic power morcellators, for performing a hysterectomy or removing uterine fibroids "in the vast majority of women."
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