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11.26.14:  Mazda recalls cars to fix tire pressure monitors

 

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.

The recall affects certain Mazda6 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

The company says in documents posted Tuesday by U.S. safety regulators that if the air pressure drops on all four tires at the same time, the monitoring system may not warn drivers of the problem. Low air pressure can cause a sudden tire failure.

Mazda says the problem hasn’t caused any crashes or injuries. The recall affects only the U.S. and its territories.

Dealers will update the tire pressure monitoring software at no cost to owners.

Mazda will notify owners by letter. The recall is expected to start on Dec. 5.


11.26.14:  Black Friday gun buys test background check system

 

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — As stores crowd with holiday shoppers, gun buyers will be challenging the nation’s background check system to keep up.

There are already nine guns for every 10 people in the U.S. and someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. Stakes are already high with about 40 background checks requested every minute. On Black Friday, it speeds up to nearly two gun checks per second.

Kimberly Del Greco helps run the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. She calls it a perfect storm of time limits and insufficient data and resources.

About 500 FBI agents have just three days to verify information that keeps guns from criminals, the mentally ill and people with restraining orders. Otherwise, the sale goes through. About 512 gun sales a day effectively beat the system in 2013.


11.26.14:  Thanksgiving travelers contend with rain, snow

 

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — People traveling the Washington-to-Boston corridor ahead of Thanksgiving could face some challenges thanks to a nor’easter packing rain and snow.

The National Weather Service says major Northeast cities are likely to see moderate to heavy rain most of the day today.

But New York and other places are gearing up for several inches of snow.

And higher elevation areas west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see as much as 6 to 12 inches before the nor’easter exits Wednesday night.

 


11.26.14:  Quieter night in Ferguson

 

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police say 44 people were arrested in a second night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after it was announced that a city police officer would not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Monday night brought looting and fires to vehicles and commercial buildings.

But there were three times as many National Guard troops out last night.

 


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.”