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Dec 8, 2014

New Jersey panel finds Governor Christie not involved in ‘Bridgegate’

NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A panel convened to investigate
lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said on Monday it
found no evidence that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was
involved in “Bridgegate” but said its findings were inconclusive
because key witnesses did not testify.

The scandal dealt a political setback to Christie, a
Republican thought to be weighing a bid for the White House in
2016, over whether he knew about the four days of access lane
closings in September 2013 that caused massive snarls delaying
school buses, ambulances and commuters on the New
Jersey-Manhattan crossing.

Dec 4, 2014

New York mayor faces conundrum over police chokehold protests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who vowed to bridge New York’s divides over race and wealth, is struggling to balance the need for policing and unfair treatment of black people following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

De Blasio, of Italian descent and married to a black woman with whom he has two children, defused a first night of protests across New York City on Wednesday with a balance of restrained policing and by showing he was listening, political experts said.

Dec 2, 2014

New York prepares for protests as grand jury mulls police choke-hold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials were preparing for likely protests as a grand jury decides whether to charge police in the death of a black man subjected to a banned choke hold, but aimed to avoid the kind of violence that engulfed a St. Louis suburb last month.

Protest groups have planned marches if the grand jury does not charge any of the officers involved in the July 17 incident, which led to the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six. It is not clear when the grand jury will rule.

Dec 1, 2014

Son of Brooke Astor, convicted of swindling her as she aged, is dead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Marshall, convicted of swindling millions of dollars from his philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor, has died, according to a paid obituary on Monday in the New York Times. He was 90.

The death notice, placed in the newspaper by his wife, Charlene, did not specify when or where or how Marshall died.

Nov 27, 2014

More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that has touched off a debate about race relations in the United States.

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 26, 2014

More troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to the St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, while the local mayor said the governor did not do enough to protect businesses from looting.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the grand jury process that led to Monday’s decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson.

Nov 25, 2014

In Ferguson, a riot foreseen but not avoided

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – It was a riot everyone saw coming. For three months police and protesters had drilled separately to prepare for the worst if the grand jury decided not to indict white policeman Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.

The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, and police chiefs met repeatedly with the leaders of some protest groups that had emerged in the town of Ferguson in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting. Both sides preached peace; both said they wanted to avoid violence.

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.