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Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Sparks Second Day of Protests – NBCNews.com

Demonstrations were held from coast-to-coast Thursday as outrage grew following grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Chanting “hands up, don’t shoot,” and “shut the whole system down,” thousands of protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, shut down parts of the West Side Highway, and blocked traffic in demonstrations all over Manhattan. In Chicago, protesters walked onto the Dan Ryan…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Obama picks former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be defense secretary – Fox News

President Obama has picked former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next Secretary of Defense, a White House official confirmed Friday. The official told Fox News Obama would announce his intent to nominate Carter to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a 10:00 a.m. press conference in the Roosevelt Room. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president’s selection of Carter, 60, who was deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013,…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Philippines braces for Typhoon Hagupit – USA TODAY

A handout image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Dec. 5 shows Super Typhoon Hagupit maintaining a 12 nautical mile, round eye with intense core convection.(Photo: NOAA, EPA) Powerful Typhoon Hagupit tracked closer to the Philippines on Friday and was expected to batter the island nation over the weekend. Hagupit is expected to slam into Eastern Samar province late Saturday, then cut across central islands…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

House leaders moving on plan to fund government – Fox News

Dec. 4, 2014: Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., arrives for votes on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP) House Republican leaders are nearing a deal with Democrats to pass a spending bill that would keep the government running beyond next week. The strategy follows a piece of legislation passed Thursday by the House declaring President Obama’s executive actions to halt deportations “null and void,” even though some conservatives say the only way to…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Watch Live: NASA Plans to Launch Orion From Cape Canaveral – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Protests erupt in wake of chokehold death decision – CNN

(CNN) — Protesters are flooding the streets of New York and elsewhere — chanting, blocking traffic and demanding change after the decision not to indict in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Demonstrators staged a “die-in” in Brooklyn, New York, late Thursday. They lay in the middle of Atlantic Avenue. An eerie silence descended as the protesters, who had cardboard coffins, stopped chanting. The march was being led by three…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

We ourselves will never take the path of self-isolation – Vladimir Putin – Russia and India Report

On Ukraine and Western opinion “We don’t need to go politicking right now, to hand out loud and empty promises. Rather, we need to offer aid to the Ukrainian economy, under reforms, of course,” Putin said. Moscow will not yield to Western pressure in Ukraine, he added, stressing that “we have the right to ask what all this tragedy in Ukraine is for. Was it really impossible to…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Super Typhoon Hagupit strengthens as it nears Philippines – BBC News

5 December 2014 Last updated at 06:05 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. BBC Weather’s John Hammond says the Samar province is in the firing line for the…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Protesters March After Phoenix Police Kill Unarmed Black Man – NBCNews.com

Protesters demanded Thursday night that Phoenix police identify the officer who shot and killed Rumain Brisbon, a 34-year-old unarmed black father of four children, in a confrontation that critics and community members likened to the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. About 100 people marched to police headquarters a day…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police … – Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency’s investigation found that officers in Cleveland routinely use unjustifiable force against not only criminals and suspects, but also innocent victims of crimes. The so-called “pattern or…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Hillary Clinton on the presidency: Just keep it real – Politico

By Maggie Haberman 12/4/14 5:46 PM EST Updated 12/4/14 7:28 PM EST Hillary Clinton says the most important thing for a president to do is to keep it real. In a moment of candor about a job she is likely to seek in 2016, Clinton said Thursday that the presidency is extraordinarily…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Thousands march across USA to protest NYC chokehold death – USA TODAY

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio says he will help the city of New York make a change and avoid death and injury after the death of Eric Garner. VPC A woman get arrested by a police as she takes part during a protest in support of Eric Garner on Dec. 3, 2014, in New York City.(Photo: Kena Betancur, Getty Images) NEW YORK – Protesters across the nation swarmed…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Emirati woman held in US teacher’s slaying, bomb plot in Abu Dhabi – Los Angeles Times

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested an Emirati woman in the stabbing death of an American teacher in a mall restroom and for plotting to bomb the home of an American doctor in Abu Dhabi, police and security officials said Thursday. The suspect, who wasn’t identified, was described as a woman in her late 30s who targeted her victims solely on the basis of their nationality. It was…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Mariah Carey blames NBC staff for leaking low-quality gig – New York Daily News

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic Mariah Carey performs during the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday. It’s her own fault she can’t carry a tune. But sources close to Mariah Carey’s widely-panned NBC tree-lighting performance at 30 Rock believe that disgruntled techies are to blame for leaking a vocals-only recording of her woeful Wednesday night appearance. Their motive? Revenge! As Confidenti@l reported Wednesday, production…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Cleveland police use excessive force, Justice Department says – Charlotte Observer

WASHINGTON As a national spotlight focuses on police violence against black suspects, Attorney General Eric Holder said in Cleveland on Thursday that the city’s police force has been prone to using excessive force. The Justice Department just concluded a nearly two-year civil rights investigation that scrutinized nearly 600 use-of-force incidents that occurred in the city between 2010 and 2013. Holder described some of the encounters, which included shootings and the…

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

Cleveland Police Abuse Pattern Cited by Justice Department – New York Times

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Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014

Grand Jury in Eric Garner Case Heard From 50 Witnesses – NBCNews.com

The grand jury that decided not to charge a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner heard from 50 witnesses, a judge said Thursday. Over nine weeks, the grand jury heard from 22 civilians, the judge said in a brief order. The remaining witnesses were police officers, emergency medical workers and doctors. The grand…

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014

Abu Dhabi police release video, announce arrest of suspect in murder of … – Fox News

Police in Abu Dhabi trumpeted their arrest of a suspect Thursday in the stabbing death of an American teacher with a slickly-produced video purportedly showing officers getting their instructions and racing through city streets to an opulent home where they executed a dramatic raid. Monday’s murder of Ibolya Ryan, 47, by a burka-clad assailant who lay in wait in a women’s room at a mall shocked the oil-rich emirate where…

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mariah Carey slammed over NYC Christmas gig – CNN

(CNN) — Mariah Carey is known for her five-octave voice, her slinky dresses and her many hits, including “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Unfortunately, she is also known for her tardiness. And her behavior this week at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York won’t do anything to help that reputation. Because of her history, NBC decided to tape Carey singing her holiday classic before a…

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014

NASA reschedules Orion shuttle launch – New York Daily News

Orion’s not cleared for lift off just yet. Gusty winds and technical glitches forced NASA to cancel a Thursday test launch of its Orion shuttle, the craft that could one day send man to Mars. The unmanned craft sat on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for three hours before crews scrubbed the mission and decided to try again later. …

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014