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'Anti-Barbie' doll goes on sale on US

This photo obtained November 21, 2014 courtesy of Lammily.com shows the Lammily dollShe's short, brunette, has an average body shape and can even be given cellulite and acne: the 'anti-Barbie' doll is ready to go on sale in the United States.


Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

United States Attorney General Eric Holder holds a news conference announcing updates on investigation of Brown shooting in Ferguson Missouri, in WashingtonBy 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. ...


US Congress report debunks Benghazi attack claims

US President Barack Obama (R) looks on as caskets of four US diplomats killed in an attack in Benghazi, Libya, are transferred at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 14, 2012A 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.


Obama to Ferguson: 'Keep protests peaceful'

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama says his message to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, as they await a grand jury's decision in this summer's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man is to "keep protests peaceful."

Obama's immigration speech gets most viewers on Univision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the lead-in to the Latin Grammys, U.S. President Barack Obama's speech announcing his sweeping immigration reforms reached its largest audience on Spanish-language network Univision, according to figures released on Friday. Obama's 15-minute speech, which began at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday (0100 GMT), was watched by an average of 4.8 million viewers on Univision, according to Nielsen data. Univision, the largest Spanish-language U.S. broadcaster, chose to delay the start of the Latin Grammys, one of its most-watched events, for the presidential address. ...

Sparano savors 1st win with Raiders

Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano yells during the third quarter of the Raiders' NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Tony Sparano gathered the Oakland Raiders in a victorious locker room and praised them for sticking together through a 16-game losing streak.


Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.

Father of slain teen urges calm in US town of Ferguson

Michael Brown Sr. (L) and Lesley McSpadden, parents of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, arrive at a press conference on November 12, 2014 in GenevaThe 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.


Feds vows to publicize vaccine injury help program

Leaders of the nation's system for helping people hurt by a routine vaccination have vowed to better publicize the little-known program, while the judge who oversees the special vaccine court that handles injury claims worries that if more are filed, they will take even longer to handle than they already do.

Kids give first lady sarcastic "thanks" on Twitter

 “Had a very #healthylunch today. The apple definitely made up for the "mystery mush #ThanksMichelleObama.” Along with photos of unsavory, some downright gross, photos of school meals, the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama was among the top trends on Twitter within the United States for a time on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Hunter Whitney)WASHINGTON (AP) — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches.


Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

By Tim Reid FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, protest leaders say. ...

Americans urged to stop wasting food

Irish-born American chef Cathal Armstrong prepares a creamy lobster bisque at the National Geographic Society museum in Washington DC on November 21, 2014, in a demonstration of "zero-waste" cookingIn 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.


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