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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.

    Associated Press
  • 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…

    Associated Press
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Vladimir Putin's Tiger Causes Mayhem in China

    Russia and China have had a rocky relationship over the years, enduring their fair share of border disputes, wars, and diplomatic splits. The relationship has improved greatly in recent years, but can it survive a murderous, border-violating tiger?

    The Atlantic
  • Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan…

    Reuters
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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

    Power Players
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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.

    Yahoo News
  • 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.

    Associated Press
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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,…

    Yahoo News
  • Prince vanishes from social media

    Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums. As of late Tuesday, the megastar's Twitter and Facebook accounts had both disappeared and almost all videos from his official…

    AFP
  • FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    U.S.News & World Report LP
  • Travel magazines rank the best -- and worst airports -- in the US

    On the eve of US Thanksgiving and on one of the busiest travel days of the year, travel magazines have crunched the numbers and come up with lists that purport to show the best  -- and worst -- airports in America.

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

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

    Christian Science Monitor