By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer on criminal charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. President Barack Obama added his voice to the chorus of politicians, civic leaders and activists appealing for calm in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of the impending grand jury decision and demonstrations expected to follow. ...
A probe by a Congressional committee into the September 11, 2012 attack on a US compound in Benghazi debunked allegations that President Barack Obama's administration fell down on the job. Since the assault on the US mission in the Libyan city, which left the ambassador and three colleagues dead, the White House, CIA and State Department have been accused of mishandling their response. One claim investigated was that the Central Intelligence Agency had not provided adequate security for its own agents at an annex near the diplomatic mission, and Washington had failed to send support.
The father of a black teen whose fatal shooting in a US town sparked weeks of unrest called for calm as a decision loomed Friday about possible charges against the white police officer involved. A grand jury in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson is looking at the racially charged shooting, in which Officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. In a one-minute video, Brown's father delivered a somber plea for a peaceful response to the grand jury decision. "Thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation, but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer," Michael Brown Sr. said on a local government website.
In the run-up to Thanksgiving, a holiday to celebrate bountiful harvests, Americans are being urged to stop wasting food so much. Some 34 million pounds (15.4 million kilograms) of food is thrown away in the United States every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Friday. The EPA launched a social media campaign this week to draw attention to the link between food waste and greenhouse gases produced when unwanted food ends up in landfills. The typical American family of four, he said, could save $1,600 a year by reducing their food waste.