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Aug 17, 2014

Protesters take to streets again ahead of curfew in Ferguson

By Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, angry at the shooting death of a black teenager by police took to the streets in the rain on Saturday night, hours ahead of a planned curfew called for by the state’s governor.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, as he and other officials seek to restore order after a week of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Aug 17, 2014

Missouri governor declares emergency, sets curfew in Ferguson

By Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson on Saturday, trying to restore order after a week of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

The curfew will run midnight until 5 a.m. until further notice, said Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson. Johnson was named by the governor this week to oversee security in the suburban St. Louis community that has been roiled by the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Aug 16, 2014

Missouri protests reignite over shot black teen

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Lucas Jackson

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Protesters clashed with riot police in the U.S. state of Missouri overnight after police reports released earlier on Friday said a black teen was a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store minutes before an officer shot him dead.

While Ferguson, Missouri had been calmer over the last 24 hours after local law enforcement was replaced by state police led by an African-American captain, racially charged protests entered their sixth night since the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.

Aug 16, 2014

Officer in Missouri shooting unaware teen was a suspect: police

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Minutes before a police officer shot him dead, Michael Brown had become a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store, according to police reports released on Friday after days of protests in a St. Louis suburb over the unarmed black teenager’s death.

But what, if anything, that had to do with the fatal encounter became less clear as the day went by. Hours after the reports’ release, police said that Officer Darren Wilson, 28, had no idea 18-year-old Brown was a robbery suspect. He simply wanted Brown to move from the road to the sidewalk, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said at a news conference

Jul 31, 2014

Night at the museum: U.S. adults embrace art, science sleepovers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kids have been sleeping overnight in museums across the country for years, dozing off among live sharks and dinosaur bones. Now adults are getting to join the fun.

The American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adults-only sleepover this week, with a champagne reception, live jazz and a three-course dinner. Guests will spend the night in sleeping bags beneath the iconic 94-foot-long blue whale suspended in the cavernous Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Jul 29, 2014

Guards at New York City jail accused of drug trafficking

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three guards at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility have been indicted on charges of smuggling drugs into the city’s largest jail complex and selling contraband to inmates, authorities said on Tuesday.

The charges stem from a investigation involving wire taps and undercover agents posing as friends and family members of inmates who met up with the Department of Correction officers, according to the city Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

Jul 21, 2014

Study finds most Americans pay attention to fashion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most Americans think people are too focused on fashion, yet a majority says how they dress is an important part of who they are, according to a survey released on Monday.

With that eye to fashion, most people, 86 percent, say it is possible to be stylish on a limited budget, according to the survey conducted by the Fashion Program at Marist College and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Jul 17, 2014

New York mayor takes it on the chin in city media

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio won his job in a landslide last November, but is finding out that staying so popular is not easy.

On Thursday, he was labeled “an ass” on the cover of one city tabloid after being skewered in another as behaving like Marie Antoinette and accused on television of being a socialist.

Jul 2, 2014

Accused Shining Path leaders face terror, drug charges in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three accused leaders of Peru’s Shining Path were charged in New York on Wednesday with running a drug trafficking ring to fund the insurgent group, federal authorities announced.

The three Peruvian citizens face terror, narcotics and weapons charges, each of which carries the possibility of life in prison, U.S. authorities said.

Jun 26, 2014

Wife of NJ Governor Christie to help kick off anti-drug campaign

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – The wife of Governor Chris Christie heads to one of New Jersey’s most well-to-do communities on Thursday to help kick off a broad strategy to battle heroin and opiate abuse, deemed the No. 1 healthcare crisis facing the state.

The problem affects young people once considered low-risk who become addicted through legally prescribed pain medications, according to a report released in March by the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Task Force.