Canada sees Burger King/Tim Hortons decision before Christmas

By Julie Gordon, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
VANCOUVER — The Canadian government will decide before Dec. 25 on whether to approve the takeover by U.S.-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. of Canada’s iconic coffee-and-donut Tim Hortons Inc., Industry Minister James Moore said on Friday. “Soon, soon,” the minister said, when asked by Reuters when a decision could be …

Samuel Schuman, past director of the honors program at the University of Maine, dies

By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
Samuel Schuman was a professor and college administrator by trade, but most people remember him as the affable chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a man known for his penchant for quoting Shakespeare and the kindness he showed to students and staff. He was a champion of public liberal …

Walmart workers announce Black Friday protest locations

By Reuters on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
A pressure group pushing for higher wages at Walmart stores said employees would stage protests at 1,600 U.S. stores on Black Friday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., owner of Walmart stores and the largest private employer in the United States, has been at the center of the debate over proposals to raise …

House Republicans sue Obama administration over health care law

By Paul Kane and Jose A. DelReal, Washington Post on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday announced that they have filed a long-awaited legal suit challenging President Obama’s “unilateral actions” on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced the lawsuit’s filing minutes after he publicly denounced another of the president’s executive moves, this on the decision that …

Officials make preparations for Ferguson grand jury decision

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager, and some local schools said Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder …

Cleared of murder, Ohio man released from prison after 39 years

By Kim Palmer, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
CLEVELAND — An Ohio man who spent 39 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was freed on Friday after becoming the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be exonerated. “Life is full of small victories and this is a big one,” Cuyahoga County Judge Richard McMonagle told Ricky …

Bill Cosby loses Las Vegas show after sex assault claims

By Piya Sinha-Roy and Eric Kelsey, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
Comedian Bill Cosby and a Las Vegas casino on Friday called off a show scheduled for next week, in another blow to his career after several women publicly alleged the entertainer sexually assaulted them decades ago. The cancellation, along with another in Arizona, signals the allegations have chipped away at …

2014 warmest year: California, world set to break records

By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
This year is on track to be the warmest year on record for California — and the entire planet — according to a new report. And in California, recent rainstorms didn’t make a dent in the drought. Temperatures in California for the first 10 months of the year averaged 4.2 …

50,000 trees pine for owners at one of biggest auctions in US

By Evamarie Socha, The Daily Item on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
MIFFLINBURG, New York — Six feet of snow wasn’t about to stop Leon Berner from his mission: getting Christmas trees from among the thousands at the annual Buffalo Valley Produce Auction, which began Thursday. Berner owns Berner Farms Market & Greenhouse in Elma, New York, some 18 miles east of …

Maine among top 10 states with highest student debt loads

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post on Nov. 21, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — It may house some of the most esteemed colleges in the country, but if you want to graduate without backbreaking debt, steer clear of schools along the eastern seaboard. That’s what a series of new reports seem to suggest. Based on those reports from the College Board, the …

62 years after death, Medal of Honor recipient Vera is laid to rest at Arlington

By C.J. Lin, Stars and Stripes on Nov. 21, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — A Korean War hero was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, eight months after he was awarded the Medal of Honor and more than 60 years after he was killed in action. Army Pvt. Miguel A. Vera was among 24 soldiers from World War …
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants

Will immigration strife unravel GOP leaders’ desire for stable Republican governance?

By Robert Costa, Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Barack Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of Republican governance. The moves announced …
The U.S. flag flies over Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, in this March 5, 2013 file photo. Officials confirmed Thursday that five detainees were released from the center bringing the population of the controversial detention center to 143.

Five Guantanamo detainees released to Georgia, Slovakia

By Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 9:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States has released five detainees from its detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the first Yemeni detainee to be resettled since 2010, officials said on Thursday. Three of the detainees were sent to the Republic of Georgia, the U.S. military said in a statement, while …

Accused Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members indicted in Mississippi

By Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:55 p.m.
Fourteen alleged members of a white-supremacist prison gang have been indicted on federal racketeering charges in Mississippi, prosecutors said on Thursday, a week after similar charges against 11 alleged participants in an Oklahoma gang were unsealed. The cases, together with major busts of the Aryan Brotherhood in Texas earlier this …
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.

Immigration order might not have much economic impact

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Will 5 million undocumented immigrants start pushing U.S. citizens out of their jobs now? Will they start getting government benefits and draining city hall budgets? Or will they start moving up the ladder, paying taxes and giving a boost to the economy? President Barack Obama’s decision to protect …

Judge overturns capital sentence of Wyoming’s only death row inmate

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
A federal judge on Thursday vacated the death sentence of Wyoming’s only inmate awaiting capital punishment, in a ruling that faulted the murder convict’s trial lawyers for not adequately presenting to jurors evidence of his mental impairment and troubled life. Dale Eaton, 69, was found guilty in 2004 in the …

Utah seeks to revive death by firing squad as lethal injection alternative

By Peg McEntee, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:26 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah would restore the practice of killing condemned inmates by firing squad under a bill advancing in the state Legislature, amid growing nationwide concerns about botched executions using the more common method of lethal injection. The measure to allow the state to use a firing squad …

Anchorage city lawmakers may deal early blow to legal weed next month

By Steve Quinn, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
JUNEAU — Anchorage lawmakers next month will consider banning the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska’s largest city, which if passed would deal an early blow to a voter-approved law that would establish a statewide seed-to-sale cannabis industry. Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, with support from two colleagues, introduced the ordinance …

California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A Southern California firefighter who co-wrote a book about courage in the line of duty has been arrested along with his alleged mistress in the murder of the woman’s husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say. Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, …
President Barack Obama prepares to put his pen to S. 1086, the Child Care Act of 2014, and sign it into law while surrounded by Congressional legislators in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 19, 2014.  Obama will announce his immigration plan at 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

Obama’s immigration plan to protect families: Details to be announced at 8 p.m.

By Reuters on Nov. 20, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The immigration reform plan that President Barack Obama plans to outline on Thursday will shift enforcement focus to deporting undocumented immigrants deemed risks to national security or public safety, but will aim to protect families, the White House said. The plan, laid out by senior White House officials …
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