For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death - a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop. Soon, "Hands Up. Don't Shoot!" became a rallying cry for protesters in the streets of this St. Louis suburb and a symbol nationwide of racial inequality for those who believe that minorities are too often the targets of overzealous police.
Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services - a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. No police officers or Missouri National Guard members stood sentry outside the Ferguson police station, which has been a nexus for protesters since Monday night's announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, wouldn't be indicted for fatally shooting the unarmed black 18-year-old in August.
10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's collection includes a woman crying on the coffin of a slain beauty queen in Santa Barbara, Honduras; Snow falling on Missouri National Guard members in Ferguson, Mo.; A woman grabbing a turkey by the leg for Thanksgiving, in West Winfield, N.Y.; and monkeys looking from inside their cage in Santiago, Chile.
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OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices VIENNA (AP) - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power to push up markets to its own advantage.
US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how Americans are celebrating:
Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all. An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous examples of statements made during the shooting investigation that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong. For one, the autopsies ultimately showed Brown was not struck by any bullets in his back.
Evangelicals with gay children challenging church Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered "reparative therapy," met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose.
Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians' interest wanes CAIRO (AP) - Amal Shaker's 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, she is still waiting for justice. "We want blood for blood," she said.
Early bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving NEW YORK (AP) - Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition. By 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, 100 shoppers were in line at the Toys R Us in New York City's Times Square. By the time the doors opened at 5 p.m., the number of people waiting in line had doubled.
Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, officials and medical aid providers say that aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell the virus. President Francois Hollande of France on Friday is to become the first non-African head of state to visit Guinea since the crisis began. Hollande will take stock of the response, cheer on heavily-burdened aid providers and help demystify fears about a highly stigmatizing virus.