11.25.14:  No indictment for Ferguson, Mo. officer


RGUSON, Mo. (AP) — More than three months after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, a grand jury has decided not to indict the officer in the death of Michael Brown. The prosecutor in St. Louis County says Officer Darren Wilson told the grand jury that when he saw Brown and a friend walking in the street, Brown fit the description of a robbery suspect. He says when he confronted Brown, the 18-year-old hit him in the face and tried to grab his gun.


A section of Ferguson, Missouri, is in chaos, after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer.  Crowds began pouring onto city streets, and some broke windows and vandalized cars. Within a few hours, several buildings were on fire, and frequent gunfire could be heard.


Federal aviation officials were diverting some St. Louis-bound flights to other airports because of reports of gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson,  The Federal Aviation Administration says about 10 flights were rerouted from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It says only inbound planes were  affected, not departures.

11.25.14:  Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals


NEW YORK (AP) — 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.


11.25.14:  Just in time for Thanksgiving


MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A nor’easter will be heading up the East Coast just in time for the Thanksgiving journey.

Forecasters say a coastal storm could dump rain along the coast and snow inland.

The highest amount of snow is expected to fall in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Catskills of upstate New York and into Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Up to 10 inches is possible in some places.


11.24.14:  Buffalo residents ready for possible evacuations


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Temperatures reaching nearly 60 degrees would normally be a good thing for the Buffalo, New York area.


But forecasters are warning that some of the roughly 7 feet of snow that fell last week could melt, causing flooding.


Officials are telling local residents to clear their basements and get ready to possibly evacuate.


Yesterday, the National Guard cleared storm drains and culverts and shoveled snow off roofs that could collapse from heavier, wet snow.


High wind gusts of up to 60 mph also could topple electrical wires and trigger power outages.


11.24.14:  Hundreds attend memorial for Indiana aid worker


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria is being remembered for his humanitarian work.


Hundreds of people attended a memorial service at Butler University in Indianapolis Sunday for Peter Kassig, who was captured last year in eastern Syria while delivering relief supplies to refugees of Syria’s civil war.


Kassig, a former U.S. Army ranger who had served in Iraq in 2007, had returned to the Mideast in 2012 and founded a relief organization to help war victims.

11-21-14 – Obama’s Immigration Action Sparks Strong Reaction

Washington DC (AP) – President Barack Obama is firing up an effort to gain support for his executive actions on immigration.

Obama is starting with a rally today in Las Vegas and the White House is enlisting the aid of immigrant advocacy groups.

The plan would make nearly 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States eligible for work permits and shield them from deportation.

Republicans plan to respond this morning to the changes.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a news conference.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy calls Obama’s executive order that also grants eligible immigrants work permits, is a “brazen power grab.”



11.20.14:  Cost for Thanksgiving meal up a bit


 (AP) — Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but it probably will not empty your wallet.

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is expected to rise slightly this year, to about $49.41.

That’s 37 cents higher than in 2013. The increase is blamed on the higher price of dairy. The dairy used for the mashed potatoes and the whipped cream for pies is about 25 cents more than in 2013.

Miscellaneous ingredients, such as coffee, sugar and eggs, account for another 28 cents, while 3 pounds of sweet potatoes jumped 20 cents.

The good news is that a drop in fuel prices won’t just make it cheaper to drive to Grandma’s house for the big meal, it also has helped keep down the cost of some ingredients. Flour-based foods, such as stuffing mix, pie shells and dinner rolls, will run about 21 cents less than last year.

11.20.14:  Pres. Obama has a plan of his own to overhaul immigration


WASHINGTON (AP) —President Barack Obama plans to sign executive actions on Friday that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

But first, the president will address the nation tonight at 8 p.m., to announce his measures.

Some measures would expand his 2-year program to protect young immigrants from deportation and protect from deportation the parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

But the next president could reverse the presidential action.

11.20.14:  Shooter opens fire in school library


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — At least 3 people have been injured following a shooting on the campus of Florida State University.


Officers were concentrated at Strozier Library, which was roped off with police tape.  Students were in the library studying for exams early this morning when the shooting took place.  Students then barricaded themselves in parts of the library or took cover.


The gunman was killed when police told him to put down his weapon and he fired a shot.


11.19.14:  Obama hosts Utica, Godfrey-Lee school chiefs


UTICA, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says that two Michigan school superintendents will participate in a forum with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

The department says that the Michigan participants are Christine Johns from the Utica Community Schools and David Britten from the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools.

The Utica district is in suburban Detroit’s Macomb County and has about 29,000 students. The Godfrey-Lee district is in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming and has about 1,700 students.

Wednesday’s program is titled “ConnectED to the Future.” The Education Department says it grows out of the plan that Obama announced in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and to put more technology in the hands of teachers.