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Jan 5, 2015

Grand juror in Missouri police shooting case sues prosecutor

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old sued the prosecutor in the case on Monday, criticizing the way evidence was presented to grand jurors and seeking court permission to speak publicly about the way the case was handled.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in St. Louis against St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch by the grand juror, whose name was withheld and was referred to as “Grand Juror Doe.”

Jan 3, 2015

Seven-year-old girl survives Kentucky plane crash: police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A 7-year-old girl survived when a small plane in which she was flying with her family crashed in the Kentucky woods, taking the lives of her mother and father, an older sister and a teenage cousin, police said on Saturday.

The crash Friday night killed 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, his 45-year-old wife, Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, a cousin, according to Kentucky State Police. The family was from Nashville, Illinois, police said.

Dec 19, 2014

USDA report says pesticide residues in food nothing to fear

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA looked at fresh and processed fruits and vegetables as well as infant formula, apple juice, and other products.

Dec 19, 2014

Ferguson wants peace instead of protests, but anger still simmers

FERGUSON, Mo (Reuters) – It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri.

More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents.

Dec 12, 2014

Judge puts limits on use of tear gas in Missouri racial protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday ordered St. Louis area police to issue warnings and give crowds reasonable time disperse before firing tear gas, following complaints by activists over heavy-handed police tactics during ongoing race-related protests.

The protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an African-American who was unarmed.

Dec 10, 2014

Georgia executes convicted murderer

By David Beasley and Carey Gillam

ATLANTA/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A Georgia death row inmate was executed on Tuesday for murdering a sheriff’s deputy by shooting him in the head after a convenience store robbery in 1995.

Another execution was due to take place in Missouri early on Wednesday.

Robert Wayne Holsey, 49, was put to death in Georgia by lethal injection at 10:51 p.m. EST, state Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement.

Dec 9, 2014

Hallmark pulls holiday wrapping paper with swastika-like image

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Hallmark Cards Inc, the purveyor of products that it says “make the world a more caring place,” was pulling gift wrap from U.S. stores after a complaint that the paper appears to display a swastika, a symbol associated with the persecution of Jews.

Hallmark issued an apology on Tuesday and said that the blue and silver wrapping paper was designed to represent a type of vessel, and any similarity to a swastika was unintentional. The company said the pattern has been in the company’s reference archives for several years.

Dec 9, 2014

Executions set in Georgia, Missouri for convicted murderers

By David Beasley and Carey Gillam

ATLANTA/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A Georgia man due to be executed on Tuesday for the 1995 murder of a sheriff’s deputy is mentally disabled and received inadequate representation from a lawyer who drank heavily at the time of his trial, the death row inmate’s current attorneys said.

Robert Wayne Holsey, 49, is scheduled to die by injection at 7 p.m. EST. He was convicted of shooting Baldwin County deputy Will Robinson in the head after the officer pulled him over following a convenience store robbery.

Dec 6, 2014

Missouri march seeks justice for black teen killed by police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Activists protesting police treatment of black Americans concluded a 120-mile (190-km) march from Ferguson, Missouri, to the Missouri governor’s mansion on Friday, ending a “journey for justice” tied to the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

More than 100 protesters shouted “hands up, don’t shoot” and other slogans as they rallied in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Jefferson City.

Dec 5, 2014

March seeks justice for black Missouri teen killed by police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Activists protesting police treatment of black Americans neared the end of a 120-mile (190-km) march from Ferguson to the Missouri governor’s mansion on Friday, concluding a “journey for justice” tied to the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

A cold rain fell on about 120 marchers, a group that included children and adults from a mixture of racial backgrounds, as they neared the state capital in Jefferson City. The march, which began Nov. 29, was organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and has been reminiscent of the civil rights marches of the 1960s.

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