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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. ...

Missouri grand jury decision on Ferguson shooting to come at 8 p.m. CST: prosecutors

(Reuters) - The Missouri grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August will be announced at 8 p.m. CST on Monday, prosecutors said. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Star pitching trio join Hall of Fame ballot

Randy Johnson, former member of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks World Series team waves to fans as he is introduced before a game on September 10, 2011 in Phoenix, ArizonaThe Baseball Hall of Fame announced 17 new names for its 2015 ballot on Monday, including Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Also among the newcomers to the lineup that a media panel will consider for entry into the sporting honor shrine next year are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.


Unidentified country likely behind spying software

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other organizations around the world.

Chiefs place Berry on non-football illness list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the non-football injury list Monday after a mass was found in his chest following last week's game in Oakland. Team trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma.

Factbox: Composition and workings of grand jury in Ferguson shooting case

(Reuters) - A grand jury has heard evidence in the fatal shooting in August in Ferguson, Missouri, of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, and its decision will be announced Monday. The St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, outlined the jury's responsibility and its composition in a statement issued in October. The grand jury's sole function, McCulloch said, "is to answer a single question: what, if any charges shall be brought?" Following is a description of the function of grand juries in the St. ...

Kerouac letter discovery shows poet didn't toss it

This image provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows the cover of an auction catalog, featuring several pages of what has become known as "The Joan Anderson Letter," some 16,000 Benzedrine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. The letter, Kerouac said shortly before his death, would have transformed his counterculture muse Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn't been lost. As it turns out, the letter wasn't lost, just misplaced, and it's scheduled to go on sale Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Profiles in History)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey.


Fall of an icon? Cosby claims keep coming

"This has seriously compromised his future in entertainment," Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University in New York state, told AFPTV legend Bill Cosby has denounced the sexual assault allegations against him as "innuendo," but the claims keep coming, and more shows are being canceled, amid talk of the fall of an icon. "He's trying to go on with the show, but the damage may be irrevocable," said celebrity bible People magazine, in a cover story Monday on the 77-year-old long known as the nation's favorite dad.


As Vienna focus turns to OPEC, silent thanks on Iran deal delay

By Christopher Johnson and Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many OPEC ministers meeting in Vienna Thursday may be giving quiet thanks that world powers who just met in that city failed to reach a nuclear accord with Tehran, pushing back for another six months any potential revival in Iran's oil exports. On Monday, the deadline for concluding nuclear talks aimed at resolving a 12-year-old dispute over the country's nuclear program, Iran and six major powers agreed to another extension in the talks until June 30, 2015. ...

Honda admits failing to report deaths, injuries

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.

Bills president: Stadium should be ready Sunday

Workers clear snow from the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out today at the stadium, the Bills are in Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)DETROIT (AP) — Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon says all indications are that Ralph Wilson Stadium will be ready for next weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns.


Woman cleared in fatal car wreck after GM letter

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.

APNewsBreak: VA fires Phoenix hospital director

This undated handout photo provided by The Veterans Affairs Department, shows Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Helman was fired Monday, nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the Phoenix facility since February 2012. Best quality available. (AP Photo/Veterans Affairs Department)WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.


Autopsy begins on Kansas woman found raped, burned

In this Nov. 23, 2014 photo Marty Bell signs a memorial for Letitia Davis at a vigil in Fairmont Park in Wichita, Kan., where Davis found Nov. 14 with burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head. Cornell A. McNeal, 26, of Wichita, has been jailed and charged in the death of Davis who died after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in the park, according to authorities. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Dave Williams)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An autopsy has begun on a Kansas woman who died this weekend, days after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in a Wichita park, a county official said Monday.


Garcia Marquez archive goes to University of Texas

FILE - This undated file photo shows Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez at an undisclosed location. The University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center has acquired Marquez's archive. The writer died on April 17, 2014. (AP Photo, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of.


Beckham thought during 1-hand grab: just catch it

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The one-handed catch by Odell Beckham Jr. that became the most talked-about play from Sunday did more than just boost his standing with the New York Giants, it paid off a routine growing popular among many skill players of practicing the impractical, one-handed circus grab. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, FILE)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.'s mindset was simple before making a one-handed catch quickly heralded as one of the best in NFL history: Just catch the ball.


Glass shattering? Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist

FILE - This Dec. 7, 2011 file photo shows former U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy, preparing for a bilateral meeting in Beijing, China. Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation.


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