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Protests temporarily close malls, shut down trains
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as other rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown....

A glance at national protests, cleanup in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri....

Black Friday gets a little less frenzied
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year....

NY boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Two boys trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them could hear their worried family's cries but couldn't respond loudly enough to be heard, they said Friday. Police credited an air pocket with saving their lives....

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's policies
PHOENIX (AP) -- If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license and 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....

Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said....

NYC panel nears decision on police chokehold death
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is quietly nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case involving the death of an unarmed man at the hands of police....

NY dinner puts wealthy and homeless at same tables
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some well-off Manhattan residents paid $100 each Friday for the honor of eating a candlelit holiday dinner with homeless people at a church, an intersection of two worlds that left one down-on-his luck man thinking the seemingly impossible might happen....

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time....

Officials suspect poisoning in Oregon crow die-off
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say corn was in the stomachs of two dozen crows and it was likely tainted, causing their deaths in downtown Portland this week....

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Protests temporarily close malls, shut down trains

NY boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

A glance at national protests, cleanup in Ferguson

Federal panel to hear ex-Detroit mayor's appeal

Air Force offers details of bomber training zone

Homeless woman's stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case

Officials suspect poisoning in Oregon crow die-off

Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve

Son arrested after woman run over, killed in Maine

Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown