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Schumer to Dems: Make Government Help Workers – ABC News

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Senate Democrats’ top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more. At a Washington news conference, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said his party erred five years ago by putting health care reform ahead of jobs and economic priorities. The vast majority…

Calorie counts will get extra attention with FDA’s expansion of menu labeling – Kansas City Star

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Whether they want to or not, consumers soon will know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of…

EPA Power Plant Mercury Rule Gets US Supreme Court Review – Businessweek

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Obama administration went too far with new power-plant pollution caps the government estimates will cost almost $10 billion a year. The justices today said they will hear industry and state contentions that the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t adequately consider those costs when it limited mercury and other hazardous pollutants. The affected companies include American Electric Power Co. (AEP:US), Duke Energy Corp….

Barbie Is Bumped for First Time as ‘Frozen’ Becomes Top Holiday Toy For Girls – Bloomberg

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

“Frozen” merchandise is the most coveted toy for girls this holiday season, knocking Barbie from the No. 1 position for the first time, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. About 20 percent of parents plan to buy “Frozen” gifts for their daughters, the Washington-based trade group found in its annual study. Barbie, which was chosen by 17 percent of parents this year, had been the top pick…

US|Ohio: Shot Boy’s Toy Gun Looked Real, Police Say – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Ferguson burning after grand jury announcement – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Violence erupted in Ferguson, Missouri Monday evening after demonstrators learned there would be no criminal indictment of police officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of teen Michael Brown. Protests soon followed across the country. VPC A man walks past a burning police vehicle during clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.(Photo: Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images) FERGUSON, Mo. — The streets were quiet but fires continued to burn…

Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ among 32 arrested amid clashes at Hong Kong protest site – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hong Kong (CNN) — Bailiffs began clearing a major pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district Tuesday, triggering scuffles, arrests and a standoff with growing crowds of protesters. Pro-democracy activist and lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, commonly known as “Long Hair,” was among those arrested, his office confirmed. Hundreds of police were in attendance to support the bailiffs’ efforts to remove barriers from Mong Kok’s Argyle Street between Tung…

Requiem for Chuck Hagel’s many Pentagon reviews – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

President Obama announces the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday. Hagel will remain at his post until a successor is named and confirmed by the Senate. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Obama announced the Pentagon chief’s resignation on Monday, capping weeks of speculation about Hagel’s future and raising questions about just…

Suspected suicide bombings rock Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeast – Reuters Africa

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Two explosions by suspected female suicide bombers hit Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeast on Monday, witnesses said, killing at least five people. “There were two blasts, all suicide bombers,” witness Sani Adamau told Reuters. “While the people were trying to help the injured the second bomb blasted, I saw lots of bodies.” …

Iran Got Less — and More — Than Expected From Sanctions Relief – Businessweek

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic. As the nuclear negotiations continue for an additional seven months, Iran has been promised that it will continue to enjoy limited relief from the existing U.S. sanctions in exchange for continuing to curtail…

US|Ohio: Shot Boy’s Toy Gun Looked Real, Police Say – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Meet ‘Normal Barbie,’ now with cellulite, stretch marks, and acne – FOX 29

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Most of us know that if the iconic Barbie doll were real she’d be forced to walk on all fours and would be physically incapable of lifting her over-sized head! Over the years the famous doll from Mattel has received a lot of criticism for her unrealistic body type. With this in mind, artist and designer Nickolay Lamm decided to create “normal Barbie.” Named Lammily, this doll has the realistic…

Video of Cleveland Boy’s Shooting Over Toy Gun Shown to Family Reps – ABC News

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A surveillance video of a boy with a toy gun being shot by a police officer has been shown to representatives of the slain boy’s family, Cleveland police said today. The family of Tamir Rice, 12, declined the police offer to watch the video themselves, police told a news conference today. Police said that the officer who shot Rice Saturday at a recreation center was 10 feet from the boy,…

Ferguson Grand Jury to Announce Decision on Michael Brown Shooting Today – NBCNews.com

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

A grand jury in Missouri reached a decision Monday afternoon on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson in August. Authorities planned to reveal it within hours. A spokesman for Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, confirmed that a decision had been reached. There was no immediate word when it would be announced. Benjamin Crump,…

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defense secretary – Reuters

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a…

America’s rough lesson about violence: What Cosby, Ferguson and Tamir Rice … – Salon

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

When an onlooker saw Tamir Rice holding what appeared to be a pistol at a Cleveland playground, he called the police. He told the dispatcher, “I’m sitting in the park…there’s a guy here with a pistol, and it’s probably a fake one, but he’s pointing it at everybody.” The caller was right that it was “probably a fake one.” Rice was holding a BB gun. But he was wrong about…

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Through July 1 – Voice of America

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

VIENNA— International powers and Iran extended talks on a comprehensive deal over Iran’s nuclear program, with new deadlines reaching into next year.   More than a year of intensive talks and the direct involvement of seven foreign ministers for the last several days failed to settle differences over how much nuclear enrichment capability Iran will be allowed to have, and how quickly economic sanctions will be lifted.  …

Two US soldiers killed in bomb attack in Afghan capital – sources – euronews

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

Reuters, 24/11 13:34 CET KABUL (Reuters) – Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said. “It was a magnetic bomb,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. “It was either attached to the vehicle belonging to the foreigners or it was planted and detonated remotely.” The Taliban insurgents, ousted…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Forced to Step Down, Officials Say – NBCNews.com

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned under pressure amid criticism of the president’s national security team on a series of global issues, including the threat posed by the militant group known as ISIS. During a statement at the White House, President Barack Obama called Hagel “an exemplary Defense Secretary” and “a great friend of mine” who…

Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016 – WJLA

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) – President Barack Obama says voters want a “new car smell” in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be “a great president.” Continue reading But would Clinton pass that particular smell test? In a nationally televised interview broadcast Sunday, Obama seemed to suggest that any Democrat other than him would provide the…