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    Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

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  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

    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…

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  • Hiker took cell phone photos of bear before fatal New Jersey mauling

    (Reuters) - A hiker who was mauled to death by a black bear in September took photos of the lumbering animal just before the fatal attack in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey, police said Wednesday. Authorities in West Milford have released the photos taken from the cell phone of Darsh…

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  • Missing woman found dead, stepfather charged

    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.

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    Protesters force lockdown of City Hall in St. Louis (20 photos)

    Several people protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision stormed into City Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, leading police to lock down the building and to call in more than a hundred additional officers. At least two people were arrested after the incident, in which the protesters shouted "Shame,…

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  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a…

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  • North Korea reveals rank of leader Kim's sister

    North Korea revealed Thursday the official title of Kim Jong-Un's younger sister, who is widely tipped to become a close and influential aide to the young leader. Kim Yo-Jong, believed to be 26, made her first public appearance during the funeral of her father and longtime ruler Kim Jong-Il in…

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    The forgotten first president (Hint: It wasn’t George Washington)

    John Hanson was the first president of the first U.S. government under the Articles of Confederation

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    'Burn this b---- down!' Michael Brown's stepfather criticized for reaction to grand jury decision

    Michael Brown's stepfather is being criticized for inflammatory comments he made to a crowd of protesters shortly after learning of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of his unarmed stepson.

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  • Boy shot by mom in murder-suicide dies from wounds

    TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — An 11-year-old New Jersey boy who was critically wounded last week when his mother killed herself and his two siblings died from his injuries Wednesday.

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  • Panda heads put away with Sandoval's departure

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Those oversized panda heads are being put away — at least the ones seen in the first row at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandoval's bamboo-eating buddies aren't following him to Beantown.

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  • Putin's tiger ravages goat farm in northeast China

    BEIJING (AP) — Ustin, a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is behaving badly in his new home in northeastern China.

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  • Mitt Romney leads new poll. Three things that tells us

    Mitt Romney keeps showing up at the top of Republican presidential polls.

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  • Taiwan vote tests waters for pro-China government ahead of presidential polls

    By J.R. Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan goes to the polls on Saturday to choose city mayors and local councillors in a vote that will show how much support the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has lost with its pro-China stance less than two years before a presidential election. The election will be the first…

    Reuters
  • Slain US teen's parents call officer's account 'crazy'

    Protests have flared across the United States after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead the unarmed black teenager in August. In his first televised interview since the incident, officer Darren Wilson said he feared for his life, that Brown…

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  • Same firm, new house: Mexico leader's conflict-of-interest storm grows

    By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faced fresh questions on Wednesday about his dealings with a company at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal, after it emerged that he enjoyed rent-free use of a house belonging to the firm as a campaign…

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  • Black Friday Deals You Won't Want to Miss

    This year, Black Friday began a week early. Stores have outdone themselves with the bargains, with many stores offering pre-Black Friday offers early in an attempt to lure in shoppers. In addition to the early sales, many stores will open earlier than ever on Thanksgiving! It is all adding up to…

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