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Holiday sign hangs in front of the Ferguson Police Department on a Thanksgiving evening that has thus far been devoid of protests in FergusonBy Edward McAllister and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri began targeting Black Friday sales at major retailers overnight in a new tactic to vent their anger at a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. Kicking off their latest strategy inside a Walmart in another nearby suburb of St. Louis, about 75 demonstrators protested peacefully, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!", bemusing bargain-hunters pushing their brimming shopping carts. ...


2014-11-27 23:58:57 -0700

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University of Cape TownBy Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ...


2014-11-27 23:12:42 -0700

FILE - In this June 24, 2014, file photo, community organizers Lucia Lin, left, and Carlos Amador join about 100 people during a California Department of Motor Vehicles hearing in downtown Los Angeles held to take public comments on proposed rules by which immigrants in the country illegally may obtain driver's licenses. In January, California joins nine other states in allowing immigrants who can’t prove they’re in the U.S legally to get a driver’s license. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.


2014-11-27 23:57:16 -0700