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American couple freed by Qatari court barred from leaving country, family rep says – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

October 19, 2014: American couple Grace and Matthew Huang, sentenced to jail over charges they starved their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death, talk before they meet with U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Dana Shell Smith, at a hotel in Doha. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal) (The Associated Press) A Qatari appeals court has overturned a ruling against an American couple once accused of starving their adopted daughter, but a family representative said they are…

Egyptian judge clears Hosni Mubarak in deaths of protesters – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

In February 2011, delirious and near-disbelieving Egyptians in the capital’s Tahrir Square danced and sang as they welcomed the fall of a dictator who had maintained iron control of this ancient land for the entire life span of many in the crowd. But in a place where the past is always vividly present — if only as a glimpse of the pyramids on the dusty desert horizon — what seems…

Ferguson a defining moment for race relations in USA – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Less than a week after a grand jruy decided not to indict Darren Wilson, protests continue to plague Ferguson and the nation. Now those same protesters are in the lead in ‘Time’ magazine’s balloting for “Person of the Year.” VPC Protesters stage a “die in” inside Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield, Mo. The crowd disrupted holiday shopping at several locations on Friday amid a protest triggered by a grand jury’s decision…

Ex-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, 82, hospitalized – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

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US boy missing for four years found alive hidden behind fake wall – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

She directed police to a false wall, hidden by towels, enabling them to find him. The apparent hiding space was above the garage of the home. “It shocked all of us, honestly,” said one neighbour. “They were really nice people, they were open. They were like, ‘Hey, come over any time you want.’” Police told Atlanta’s Channel 2 the mother had apparently reported the child missing to child welfare authorities…

GOP staffer says Sasha, Malia Obama dressed for bar – New York Daily News

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jacquelyn Martin/Ap A GOP staffer slammed President Obama’s daughters, 13-year-old Sasha (left) and 16-year-old Malia, for their Thanksgiving outfits and ‘disrespectful’ attitudes. A Republican House staffer ridiculed the first daughters’ Thanksgiving Day outfits ― and suggested the 13- and 16-year-old girls looked like they were heading to a bar. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), blasted Malia and Sasha Obama for their ‘classless’ attitudes…

Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson Police Department – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson officially resigned on Saturday, according to his attorney. Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown nearly four months ago and has been on administrative leave since the August 9th shooting. VPC Police square off with protesters in front of the Ferguson, Mo., police station while demonstrators protest the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson,…

Mubarak cleared: Egypt protests as ex-leader charges dropped – BBC News

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

29 November 2014 Last updated at 22:10 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Orla Guerin reports from Tahrir Square where protests have been taking place …

US flies roughly 85 percent of airstrikes against Islamic State, in complex mix of … – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nov. 23, 2014: An explosion following an air strike is seen in Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border. (REUTERS) The United States is conducting roughly 85 percent of the multi-national air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the most recent Pentagon report.   U.S. fighter planes and drones have conducted 819 strikes, compared to 157 from the 10 other countries, states the detailed report obtained last week…

Holiday shoppers urged to go small, not mall – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Andy Paul could be the grinning poster boy for Small Business Saturday. The owner of Andy’s Candy Apothecary in downtown Sacramento, he runs a little wonderland of sweets that sells gummy bears from Germany, toffee from Bakersfield, and exquisite-looking chocolates handcrafted in Sacramento. “I love candy,” Paul said. “I’m passionate about finding high quality candy and chocolate. I keep a collection in my house.” The candy store, which Paul and…

Black Friday disrupted, malls closed due to Ferguson protesters – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

St. Louis — Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Here’s a look at the protests, which are turning their attention to disrupting commerce, and the latest in the case: NATIONWIDE RALLIES Crowds of protesters prompted authorities…

Egypt: Ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak, accused in deaths of hundreds, cleared of charges – CNN

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cairo (CNN) — Egypt’s former longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak was effectively cleared Saturday of charges linking him to the deaths of hundreds of protesters and probably will be released in months, a stunning reversal for a man who faced life imprisonment or worse after a revolution toppled him in 2011. A Cairo judge capped a monthslong retrial by dismissing the death charges — reversing the former strongman’s convictions in 2012…

Black Friday: retailers say its the busiest day on record – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Black Friday has traditionally been an American retail phenomenon that takes place on the day after Thanksgiving. However, Amazon brought the promotional event into the UK in 2010 and this year most of Britain’s retailers offered discounts. The online retailer said that it had recorded orders for more than 5.5 million goods on Friday – with around 64 items sold per second. This surpassed the 4 million sold last black…

Ray Rice’s Pyrrhic Victory – Huffington Post

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Arbitrator Barbara Smith has set aside the indefinite disciplinary suspension NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed on Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice after an unprecedented proceeding under the collective bargaining agreement between the League and the Players Association. The opinion clearly evidences former federal judge Smith’s experienced hand at writing judicial opinions. Her ultimate determination — that the Commissioner’s decision increasing Rice’s suspension from two games to potentially a lifetime…

Devonte Hart, Sgt. Bret Barnum, and the hug felt ’round the world – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

ATLANTA — It by no means marked the end of the Ferguson, Mo., aftermath, but for millions a candid image just raised a lot of hope for the future: A viral photo of a Ferguson-related protest in Portland, Ore., where a white police sergeant hugs a crying 12-year-old black boy offering “Free Hugs.” The fact that there’s an incredible personal story behind the picture is yet another reason why the…

Hosni Mubarak: Egypt court drops murder charges over 2011 killings – BBC News

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

29 November 2014 Last updated at 10:38 Mubarak waves as he is wheeled out of the court after the verdict A court in Egypt has dropped all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising against him. The Cairo courtroom erupted in cheers when the judge concluded Mubarak’s retrial by…

Michael Brown Protesters Urge Shoppers to Boycott Black Friday – NBCNews.com

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

The commercial chaos of Black Friday was added to by protesters across the country urging people to boycott the high-traffic shopping day in response to a grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed an 18-year-old black teen, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. After nights of violent protests and looting in Ferguson and surrounding areas, the Black Friday protests in Missouri…

Ray Rice didn’t mislead NFL, ruling states – Boston Globe

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged in August that he “didn’t get it right” when he initially suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games for domestic violence. On Friday, an arbitrator ruled that Goodell didn’t get his second, much stiffer, punishment of Rice right, either. Continue reading below Barbara Jones, a former US District judge who was appointed as an independent arbitrator for the case, overturned…

Nigeria’s face of terror: Boko Haram spreading fear, spilling blood – Hindustan Times

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Unsuspecting worshippers were blown up as they gathered for Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in the northern city of Kano; those who survived were cut down by gunfire as they fled. The attack was widely seen as revenge for the Muslim Emir of Kano’s call at the same mosque last week for civilians to arm and protect themselves against Boko Haram. Nigerian police inspect the site of an…

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