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Nov 25, 2014

Gunshots echo as violence returns to Ferguson, protests across U.S

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Gunshots pierced the air as an angry crowd threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury on Monday decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

The police lobbed tear gas in response as a few hundred protesters took to the streets, with some setting fire to a police cruiser and another car and some buildings.

Nov 25, 2014

Missouri governor urges calm ahead of grand jury decision on shooting

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged people in the St. Louis area to show respect and restraint following a grand jury’s decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Prosecutors are set to announce the grand jury’s decision at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday. Authorities have stepped up security in and around Ferguson, Missouri, to guard against the kind of rioting that flared in the weeks after incident.

Nov 24, 2014

Missouri officials to reveal grand jury’s decision on teen’s shooting

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri officials plan to announce a grand jury’s decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday, authorities said.

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations.

Nov 24, 2014

Ferguson protests small but growing amid din of car horns, drum

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Honking horns and banging a metal bucket, a small but growing group of protesters awaited Monday’s grand jury decision, swarming the Ferguson Police Department and meeting briefly with the father of slain black teen Michael Brown.

Mike Brown Sr., whose unarmed son was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, slowed down in a car to chat with demonstrators after hearing that the secret panel had reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting.

Nov 24, 2014

Grand jury expected to resume Ferguson police shooting deliberations

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge.

With no one knowing how long that process might yet run, residents are anxious and shop fronts are boarded up in fear of unrest, while students in one school district began an extended early Thanksgiving break.

Nov 23, 2014

Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury’s decision

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer.

It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement.

Nov 21, 2014

NYC pays former fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A former McDonald’s Corp
worker accused and later cleared of putting glass shards
in a police officer’s hamburger will be paid a $437,000
settlement by the city of New York, authorities said on Friday.

Albert Garcia, who was working the grill at a McDonald’s in
the Bronx, was arrested in 2005 after New York Police Officer
John Florio accused him of putting broken glass in his Big Mac,
Garcia’s attorney said.

Nov 21, 2014

NYC pays ex-fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A former McDonald’s worker
accused and later cleared of putting glass shards in a police
officer’s hamburger will be paid a $437,000 settlement by the
city of New York, authorities said on Friday.

Albert Garcia, who was working the grill at a McDonald’s in
the Bronx, was arrested in 2005 after New York Police Officer
John Florio accused him of putting broken glass in his Big Mac,
Garcia’s attorney said.

Nov 21, 2014

Residents battle worst snow in memory in New York state

Nov 20 (Reuters) – The death toll from the worst snow in
memory in western New York has risen to at least 10.

Some areas of New York state along the Great Lakes had
around 2 feet (60 cm) of new snow on Thursday on top of
accumulations as deep as 5 feet from earlier in the week.

Nov 21, 2014

Residents battle worst snow worst in memory in New York state

Nov 20 (Reuters) – The death toll from the worst snow in
memory in western New York has risen to at least 10.

Some areas of New York state along the Great Lakes had
around 2 feet (60 cm) of new snow on Thursday on top of
accumulations as deep as 5 feet from earlier in the week.