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CDC: Cigarette smoking by U.S. adults reaches record low

By David Beasley, Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.
ATLANTA — Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults last year touched its lowest on record, a drop spurred by higher prices, smoke-free policies and anti-smoking campaigns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. About 17.8 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2013, down from 20.9 percent in …

Cleveland video shows police shot boy within seconds

By Kim Palmer, Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland officials on Wednesday released a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy that shows him pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive and shoot him within two seconds. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a …

Noted doctor Maria de M. Ruehsen dies in Augusta

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Dr. Maria de M. Ruehsen, a retired Baltimore gynecological endocrinologist who had worked at Johns Hopkins Health System’s Homewood Hospital Center-South, died Nov. 2 at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta of bronchiectasis, a condition that damages the airways. Ruehsen, who was 82, had been visiting her …
The CBS building is seen in New York, in this file photo taken December 11, 2013.

CBS, Dish extend deadline to negotiate new contract

By Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
CBS Corp. and satellite operator Dish Network avoided a blackout of CBS TV shows and its heavily watched Thanksgiving Day NFL game as the two sides agreed to extend the deadline into next week in order to hash out the details of a new contract. The two sides had been …

Two FBI agents shot at house near Ferguson unrest

By Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was “not directly related” to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said. One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other …
A female protester raises her hands while blocking police cars in Ferguson, Missouri, November 25, 2014. More than 2,000 National Guard troops spread out across the St. Louis area on Tuesday to prevent another night of rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson.

National Guard, police curb Ferguson unrest as protests swell across US

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister, Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. …

Supreme Court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:20 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to the administration, the justices said in a …
Heavy rain falls in Bangor on Monday. The weather is expected to become colder as Thanksgiving approaches.

Storm threatens East Coast travel on Thanksgiving eve

By Brian K. Sullivan, Bloomberg on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
A powerful winter storm is expected to throw a wrench into Thanksgiving travel plans for millions of people along the Interstate 95 corridor from Virginia to Maine as snow moves up the East Coast on Wednesday. Much of Maine will receive 8 to 12 inches of fresh snow Wednesday night …
A man walks past a burning building during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri early November 25, 2014.

More U.S. troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister, Reuters on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops Tuesday to a St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the …
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand jury and made available on Nov. 24, 2014.

Darren Wilson explains why he killed Michael Brown

By Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON — It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times every year all over America: A white cop stops a black teen he thinks is up to no good. The teen resists; there’s an exchange of profanities and maybe an arrest. Mostly, these events are forgotten, except perhaps by …

US to leave more troops than first planned in Afghanistan – sources

By Reuters on Nov. 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
KABUL — The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but …
Vehicles at a car dealership are set afire in Ferguson, Missouri early morning November 25, 2014.  Gunshots rang out and buildings burned in a Midwestern suburb after a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a white police officer over the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a fresh wave of racially tinged violence.

Violence flares after grand jury decides against charges in Ferguson shooting

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:52 a.m.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Gunshots rang out and buildings burned in a Midwestern suburb after a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a white police officer over the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a fresh wave of racially tinged violence. Overhead flights were restricted and …

Key figure in Veterans Affairs scandal fired from Phoenix office

By Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 10:01 p.m.
The director of the Veterans Affairs Department health care system in Phoenix, a central figure in the scandal surrounding prolonged delays faced by former members of the Armed Forces in receiving medical treatment, was fired Monday, the agency said. Sharon Helman had been put on administrative leave pending the outcome …

US introduces menu-labeling standards for chain restaurants

By Toni Clarke and Anjali Athavaley, Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 9:36 p.m.
The U.S. government is set to publish sweeping new rules Tuesday that will require chain restaurants to disclose calorie counts on menus, establishing a national standard that preempts the current patchwork of state laws and applies to restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets. The new standards, which are part …
Missouri State Troopers in riot gear stand in formation outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2014.

Jury declines to indict Missouri police officer who shot, killed unarmed black teen

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 9:35 p.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — A Missouri grand jury voted not to charge a white police officer for the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, an incident that set off weeks of sometimes violent protests around the St. Louis area. Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson police …
Collin Muelling, 15, a sophomore carries his lunch tray, with a baked potato and toppings he layered on it, at Mukwonago High School in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, on Sept. 17, 2012.

School lunches under the microscope

By Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
School meals may be beneficial to students and be better in nutritional quality than meals brought from home, suggests two new studies looking at U.S. students. Elementary school students are more likely to eat breakfast at school if it’s provided in the classroom, compared to another location, researchers write in …
Various components of a Takata airbag, from a Honda automobile, are seen before the start of a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on "Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process" in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014.

Honda admits underreporting serious US accidents since 2003

By Paul Lienert and Jessica Dye, Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
DETROIT — Honda Motor Co. failed to notify U.S. safety regulators of 1,729 claims of injuries and deaths related to accidents in its vehicles since 2003, the automaker acknowledged on Monday. Honda said in a statement its count of underreported claims came from a third-party audit. Honda cited “various errors …

Coast Guard to fly 193 wayward turtles from Boston to Florida

By Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
BOSTON — The Coast Guard said on Monday it would transport 193 endangered sea turtles by plane from Massachusetts to Florida after they got trapped in frigid waters off Cape Cod. The rare Kemp’s Ridley turtles are being treated for shock at a New England Aquarium animal care center in …

Nobel Medal for DNA discovery could fetch $3.5 million at auction

By Patricia Reaney, Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
NEW YORK — A Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to American scientist Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA, is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million at auction next month in New York, Christie’s said on Monday. Watson, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, unraveled the double-helix …

NY court rejects hate crime conviction in transgender murder

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters on Nov. 24, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
ALBANY — New York’s top court said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing on Monday their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime. Dwight DeLee, who was accused of …
 
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