• Hong Kong police arrest protesters, 7 officers

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down, officials said Thursday. Police also said they arrested seven of their own officers for assault in connection with the Oct. 15 beating of a handcuffed protester during a violent nighttime clash. None of the seven officers were identified. There was public anger when they were caught on camera apparently kicking and punching the protester in a dark corner of an underpass where hundreds of police were battling activists. In a statement, police denied accusations that their failure to immediately arrest them meant they

  • Asian shares mostly higher on China stimulus hopes

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday on hopes for more stimulus in China. Hong Kong's market was steady after the arrests of dozens of pro-democracy protesters as police acted on court orders to clear barricades from major streets. KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,986.93 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.1 percent to 5,401.70. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.2 percent to 24,072.19 and Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.3 percent to 17,333.52. China's Shanghai Composite gained 0.7 percent to 2,622.14. Markets in Southeast Asia were mostly higher. CHINA STIMULUS: Investors appeared to shrug off data showing weaker industrial profits, as the markets kept their upward momentum following an inte

  • Affidavit: US man kept Syria travel plot secret

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An 18-year-old Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join fighters with the Islamic State group had left some clues on Facebook that authorities said hinted at radical ideals but was still able to hide weeks of planning from his parents, according to recently unsealed court documents. Abdullahi Yusuf was released into the custody of his parents Wednesday after his attorney said Yusuf knew for six months he was being investigated but never fled. Prosecutors filed an immediate appeal, saying Yusuf should remain in custody because he has deceived his parents before. Yusuf had no income when he obtained a passport, opened a checking account and paid for an airline ticket to Istanbul, Turkey, a

  • Immigrants Social Security eligible in Obama plan

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. No such "lawfully present" immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care.

  • Immigrants Social Security eligible in Obama plan

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. No such "lawfully present" immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care.

  • Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday. The vaccine is designed to spur the immune system's production of anti-Ebola antibodies, and people developed them within four weeks of getting the shots at the National Institutes of Health. Half of the test group received a higher-dose shot, and those people produced more antibodies, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Some people also developed a different set of virus-fighting immune cells, named T cells, the study found. That may be important in fending off Ebola, as prior research found that monkeys protected by th

  • Sharpton gathers families of 3 men killed by cops

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown and relatives of two other unarmed black men killed by police officers joined hands with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday and prayed for justice amid days of protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown. The mourning families stood silently at the Harlem headquarters of Sharpton's civil rights organization, the National Action Network, and allowed Sharpton to describe the common grief that suddenly thrust them together. "On this Thanksgiving eve, this is a very painful time for these families," Sharpton said. "As you see, they share each other's pain and understand what we don't understand.

  • Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say they are looking for a group of "cowards" who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco. Police spokesman Albie Esparza said Wednesday that Tai Lam's body was found inside a sleeping bag. Esparza tells KGO-TV (http://abc7ne.ws/1pp3Z8Y ) that the 67-year-old man was "savagely" beaten by three suspects early Monday. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage in an effort to locate them. Esparza says Tai was not robbed, and there was no clear motive in the attack. He says it was "a vicious, unprovoked attack by these coward suspects." Esparza says investigators hope to release a description of the suspects soon.

  • Judge puts Arizona 'revenge porn' law on hold

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday put a new Arizona law against "revenge porn" on hold after civil rights groups sued over constitutional grounds. The order from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton came as part of an agreement between the Arizona attorney general's office and the groups that sued. The order blocks enforcement of the law to allow the Legislature time to work on changes. Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, crafted the bill to bar "revenge porn" from being posted online by jilted lovers. The American Civil Liberties Union sued in September, saying the law is so broadly written it makes anyone distributing or displaying a nude image without explicit permission guilty of a felony. The group said that vio

  • Missing woman found dead, stepfather charged

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his stepdaughter and burying the 33-year-old woman in his yard. Gregory Graf was arrested after police found Jessica Padgett's body on his property in Northampton County. Padgett, a mother and day care worker, had been missing since Friday. The motive for the slaying appears to be sexual assault, District Attorney John Morganelli said. He didn't elaborate. Police began focusing on the 53-year-old Graf after he gave inconsistent statements following Padgett's disappearance, he said. Graf later gave a statement admitting he fatally shot her, Morganelli said. Padgett's body was found buried behind a shed on the property where

  • Police identify man found after Ferguson car fire

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police say that a 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson, Missouri, after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire. Police on Wednesday identified the victim as DeAndre Joshua of University City. His death is being investigated as a homicide, but police have not said whether it's connected to the violence that broke out after the announcement of a grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Joshua's body was found Tuesday morning at the wheel of a 2004 Pontiac parked near the apartment complex where Brown was killed. He had severe burns, and an autopsy determined that Joshua was shot

  • Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said. The city released a surveillance video that shows the shooting of Tamir Rice, who was carrying an airsoft gun that shoots non-lethal plastic pellets. Much of the footage shows what appears to be a bored kid alone in a park on an unseasonably warm November afternoon. Tamir is seen pacing, occasionally extending his right arm with what appears to be a gun in his hand, talking on a cellphone and sitting at a picnic table with his head resting on his arms.

  • Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make allotted but unused green cards available for foreign workers — probably the top item on the executive action agenda for business. And the administration only partially answered pleas to increase the length of time foreign students can stay in the U.S. before or after graduating to work in their fields. The administration announced plans to expand the program at some point in the future, bu

  • 4 people shot at Pennsylvania mall barbershop

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    READING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been shot at an eastern Pennsylvania strip mall barbershop where another shooting happened a day earlier. Reading (RED'-ing) Police Chief Robert Heim says one person has been critically injured while the other three victims suffered minor injuries in the Wednesday afternoon shooting. Authorities say no one is in custody. The Reading Eagle newspaper says the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at the All Stars Hair Salon and Unisex Hair Studio. On Tuesday night, a gunman fired several shots into the shop. The newspaper reports nearly a dozen people were in the shop Tuesday but no one was injured. That shooting remains under investigation.

  • Authorities: Mom tried to put hit on daughter's ex

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say a Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for paying an undercover officer she thought was a hit man to kill her daughter's ex-boyfriend and two other people. Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman says 52-year-old Denise Nagrodski, of Easton, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says Nagrodski had just driven away from a mall where she had met with the undercover state police detective she believed would carry out the murders. Hoffman said Nagrodski claimed that the ex-boyfriend was abusive and caused her daughter to have a miscarriage years ago when she was pregnant with twins. She allegedly told the detective to "burn him alive" and make sure he knew she was r

  • Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy'

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them in the Northeast, during what is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thousands of flight delays were also expected as the snow from the nor'easter piled up. Some travelers tried to change their plans and catch earlier flights to beat the storm, and major airlines waived their re-booking fees. But most planes were already filled.

  • Attorneys seek to clear former Crow tribe chairman

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Civil rights attorneys have moved to exonerate a former chairman of the Crow Indian Tribe of a bribery conviction by obtaining unreleased emails from a federal judge who has been reprimanded for sending racist correspondence. Former Montana U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sentenced Clifford Birdinground ("bird-in-ground") to three years in prison in 2003. The 79-year-old Crow leader had pleaded guilty to taking $2,700 in kickbacks after being accused of referring tribal business to a car dealership. When Birdinground sought to retract his plea and go to trial, Cebull rejected the request, a decision upheld on appeal. Cebull resigned last year after an investigation into a racist email he sent

  • 9 counties that won't meet new ozone standard

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    The Obama administration is proposal stricter emissions limits on ozone, a pollutant that leads to smog and is linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The proposal calls for new ozone limits of between 65 parts per billion and 70 parts per billion, with the final level to be set next year. Because of existing pollution controls and emissions regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency projects that all but nine counties are positioned to meet a standard of 70 parts per billion in 2025 without taking any additional steps. That list excludes California, which is on a different timeline because its unique geography has led to smog levels that exceed those in most of the U.S.

  • Canadian ex-radio host charged with sexual assault

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges and ordered to live with his mother while the case that has rocked Canada's vaunted public broadcaster is heard. Ghomeshi, 47, was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, Toronto police said in a statement. The CBC fired Ghomeshi in October after media reports of sexual assault allegations against the star first emerged. Ghomeshi, the host of "Q," a popular radio show on culture that was heard on many public stations in the United States, has denied the allegations, saying he had consensual "rough sex" with women.

  • Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took "action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me," to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, a 49-pound bird named Cheese. He also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac. Both came from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. "If you're a turkey, and you're named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low," Obama said at the annual event, which drew internationa