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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.

Dec 2, 2014

Missouri governor says National guard scaling back, monitoring unrest

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Missouri National Guard is starting to scale back its presence in the St. Louis area as angry protests over the lack of an indictment in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager ease, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Tuesday.

Nixon said the guard had completed its duties within the city of St. Louis but continued to support law enforcement agencies in Ferguson and other areas of St. Louis County. He said there were some 1,200 troops still stationed in the St. Louis area on Tuesday.

Dec 2, 2014

Despite Obama promises, Ferguson protesters say more change needed

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A pledge by President Barack Obama to address race-related problems between police and minorities falls far short of what is needed, and nationwide demonstrations tied to the police shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown will continue to grow, several protest leaders said on Tuesday.

“We’re going to continue to take to the streets, we’re going to continue to disrupt the daily order … until something really really happens for the people in our communities, until we see some meaningful reform,” Phillip Agnew, a leader with the Dream Defenders youth activist group, said in a conference call with reporters.

Nov 30, 2014

Qatar court overturns conviction of U.S. parents in death of adopted girl

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – An appeals court in Qatar on Sunday overturned the convictions of a Los Angeles couple who were sentenced to three years in jail for the death of their adopted African-born daughter, but the government was refusing to let the couple leave the country, a spokesman for the family said.

Matthew and Grace Huang were trying to return to the United States after the tribunal found the lower court had made numerous errors, family spokesman Eric Volz told Reuters. But as soon as they arrived at the airport in Doha, their passports were seized and they were told a new arrest warrant had been issued for them, Volz said.

Nov 26, 2014

Angry outbursts in Ferguson overwhelm organized protests

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, MO. (Reuters) – Angry over the shooting of Michael Brown, thousands of people in August took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, with the hope the policeman who shot the unarmed black teenager would be charged.

This week, the protests have become more violent and less organized as that hope has soured into bitterness over a grand jury’s decision not to indict the policeman, Darren Wilson.

Nov 25, 2014

Vote tally too close, recount ordered on Oregon GMO labeling

Nov 25 (Reuters) – The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot
measure that would require labeling of foods made with
genetically modified ingredients was so close that state
officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on

Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes
out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the
Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

Nov 19, 2014

Supreme Court rejects stay for Missouri execution

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a stay of execution for a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man’s stepdaughter 20 years ago.

Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 1:01 a.m. ET Wednesday for shooting Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994.

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