Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

November 23rd, 2014

FILE - In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference in Washington. Barry, who staged comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.


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Flood warnings for US snowmelt

November 23rd, 2014

Snowfall in the north-eastern US subsides, but there are now warnings of serious flooding from melting snow as temperatures rise.

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Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

November 22nd, 2014

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) — A St. Louis civic group that promotes downtown businesses has told its members that the grand jury considering charges in the Ferguson police shooting case hasn't reached a decision.


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Benghazi report clears US response

November 22nd, 2014

A US inquiry finds no wrongdoing by the Obama administration in responding to the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

November 22nd, 2014

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday. “Turkey has already started training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq … and we have agreed to train and give assistance to the National Guard,” the official said. …

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Brown’s father urges calm in Ferguson

November 22nd, 2014

The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer.

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‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume up for sale

November 22nd, 2014

FILE - In this 1939 file photo originally released by Warner Bros., from left, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, are shown in a scene from "The Wizard of Oz." A Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is up for sale. Lahr’s costume will be auctioned with other Hollywood items Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in New York by Bonhams, said a spokesman for the owner, James Comisar. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is up for sale.


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Obama defends immigration reform

November 22nd, 2014

US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.

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Wawrinka gives Switzerland lead vs France in final

November 21st, 2014

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Friday, Nov.21, 2014. Switzerland is seeking a first victory in the team competition while France is looking for a 10th title. This is the 13th meeting between the two nations, with France leading 10-2. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)LILLE, France (AP) — Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead against France in the Davis Cup final by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.


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Republicans savage immigration plan

November 21st, 2014

President Barack Obama’s use of executive powers to give more than four million undocumented migrants work permits “damages the presidency” says a Republican leader.

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