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Police arrest at least 50 protesting shootings of blacks in St. Louis area FERGUSON: More than 50 people were arrested in a series of peaceful rolling protests in the St. Louis area on Monday, staged to draw attention to police violence more than two months after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager in a local suburb. Several dozen protesters - many of them ministers and activists from out of town - were arrested in the pouring rain in civil disobedience acts in Ferguson, the suburb where Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead. Throughout the day, other groups occupied St. Louis city hall, shut down two Walmarts, chanted outside a fundraiser for a local politician, and unfurled banners reading "black lives matter" at a St. Louis Rams football game. One person was arrested at St. Louis city hall, police said, and a Reuters witness saw three more people arrested as 150 protesters chanted at the Walmart in the small inner suburb of ...

Hurricane Gonzalo gains strength, nears British Virgin Islands SAN JUAN: Hurricane Gonzalo picked up power as it churned through the northern Caribbean late on Monday headed for the British Virgin Islands, the US National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo was expected to pass northeast of the Virgin Islands overnight and was packing top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 km per hour), the center said. The storm was about 105 miles (170 km) east of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, ...
No thanks to Ebola medical waste: US facility WASHINGTON: A Louisiana firm said it will not accept medical waste from the late Ebola patient in Texas, even though it acknowledged the refuse is safe.Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person diagnosed with Ebola outside Africa. Duncan was hospitalized September 28 and died of Ebola on Wednesday in Dallas.The company, Chemical Waste Management, insisted that while its facility in the city of Lake Charles is "permitted by the state and federal government to ...
Gonzalo gains strength in Atlantic: US forecasters MIAMI: Hurricane Gonzalo continued to gain strength east of the Caribbean basin Monday, and forecasters said it could become a "major hurricane" in the coming days. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm, a Category One on the Saffir-Simpson scale, was 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of St. Thomas at 0300 GMT, packing winds of 85 miles (140 kilometers) per hour.A hurricane warning was issued for St Martin; Anguilla; and the British Virgin Islands, ...
Turkey says US can use air bases for IS fight: US official WASHINGTON: Turkey has granted the United States access to its air bases for the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group, including a key installation near the Syrian border, a senior US defence official said on Sunday."Details of usage are still being worked out," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.In southern Turkey, US crews have long operated out of Incirlik Air Base and about 1,500 airmen are stationed there.US aircraft bombing IS militants ...
In Arkansas, conservative Harvard war vet eyes US Senate DARDANELLE: Senate candidate Tom Cotton has energy to burn, and why shouldn't he? The rising Republican star is a fit former US Army officer who served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participating in a recent charity run in Little Rock, Arkansas, the 37-year-old Ivy grad and freshman congressman spotted incumbent Senator Mark Pryor, whose seat Cotton is seeking, on the sidelines."I ran right by him," Cotton told a supporter at a campaign stop later ...
Harvard student charged in December bomb hoax NEW YORK: A Harvard student has been charged in a bomb hoax that forced the elite US university to evacuate four buildings, call in police and disrupt final exams, prosecutors said on Friday.Eldo Kim, 21, is accused of emailing university police as well as the student-run newspaper last year, with a subject line that read "bombs placed around campus," according to a statement from United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz.But he may never see a trial, ...


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