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Questions rising over who’s in charge of protests

December 13, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Freddie Chavez ‘dies-in’ as Santa Claus beside Marcus Macon as the men join a small group of protesters at the corner of Broadway and Market Street on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Protesters presented a holiday satire, marching against police brutality in downtown St. Louis.(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) WASHINGTON (AP) — Who, if...

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Aretha serenades Swift as Billboard honors both

December 13, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Aretha Franklin attends the 2014 Billboard Women in Music luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK (AP) — It’ll be hard for Taylor Swift top this as a birthday gift: A...

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

December 13, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Traders Peter Tuchman, right, and Kevin Lodewick on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world’s second-largest...

Can stand-up provide refuge for Bill Cosby?

December 13, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby waves to the crowd as he walks onto the stage at the beginning of his performance at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne, Fla. For five decades, Bill Cosby...

California whacked by ‘Pineapple Express’ storm

December 12, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Erik Wagner, left, owner of Erik’s Barber Shop in Healdsburg Calif, and his employee James Uribe, right, check the flooding, in the area, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Sonoma County. A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong...

House approves $1.1T bill financing government

December 12, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join other senators in a rush to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill. With a midnight Thursday...

CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

December 12, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect...

Body found in car is mother from California family

December 12, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

The hands of a child reach out of the window as police approach the stopped car of Daniel Diego Perez in Santee, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 before the father of four tried to jump off the freeway bridge. The arrest of Perez, wanted in an Amber Alert...

In Newtown, mental health problems still emerging

December 12, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo provided by the Resiliency Center of Newtown, a chalk board painted column is displayed at the center in Newtown, Conn. Founded after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the center offers the community mental and emotional...

DOJ says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana

December 12, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, a sample of cannabis appears on display at Shango Premium Cannabis dispensary in Portland, Ore. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, as...