US News  November 23, 2014
Facebook 'newspaper' spells trouble for media
Facebook can tailor its feed to the interests of the individual, delivering a mix of world news, community events and updates about friends or familyFacebook's move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal "newspaper" for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media.The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how people get information in the digital age.Company founder Mark Zuckerberg told a forum in...  Full Story
Tense Ferguson braces for US grand jury decision
Michael Brown Sr. (C) distributes turkey for Thanksgiving to neighbors where his son was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, November 22, 2014The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson sought to ease tensions as protesters stepped up calls for a grand jury to indict the white officer responsible.The predominantly African American community has been on edge over the jury's expected decision. US President Barack Obama has called for calm, Missouri's ...  Full Story
Flooding fears mount in snowed-in area of New York state
This photo from the National Guard shows New York Air National Guard Airmen clearing snow near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat with temperatures forecast to rise.Areas of western New York that got socked with more than six feet (two meters) of snow this week are now are under a flood warning, the National Weather Service said.The zone was previousl...  Full Story
Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision
Michael Brown Sr. (L) and Lesley McSpadden, parents of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, arrive at a press conference on November 12, 2014 in GenevaTensions were high on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with a US grand jury poised to decide whether to prosecute a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager.US President Barack Obama has called for calm, Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency and activated the state National Guard, and the FBI has deployed ...  Full Story
Obama urges critics to 'pass a bill' on immigration
Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as he used his weekly address Saturday to again defend his unilateral action shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation."I still believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together –- both parties –- to pass that kind of bipartisan law," Obama s...  Full Story
Cosby lawyer blasts sex claim 'absurdity'
Comedian Bill Cosby performs onstage in New York on October 21, 2010 A lawyer for embattled US comic Bill Cosby lashed out at new claims of rape and sexual abuse dating back several decades, saying they have "escalated far past the point of absurdity."The comments came as Cosby suffered a new setback when a live performance in Las Vegas was canceled, just days after the plug was pulled on two TV projects. The Treasu...  Full Story
Judge approves $450 mn deal in Apple ebook suit
A US judge has signed off on AppleA US judge signed off on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books.The settlement negotiated to avoid trial in the civil case brought by authorities in 33 states calls on Apple to reimburse consumers to the tune of about $400 million and then pay legal costs and fees.Th...  Full Story
LA schools in huge child abuse settlement payout
Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, where officials have agreed to a US$139 million settlement 2014 for victims of a teacher jailed for lewd conduct with students, in what lawyers said was the biggest ever such payoutLos Angeles school officials agreed to a $139 million settlement Friday for victims of a teacher jailed for lewd conduct with students, in what lawyers said was the biggest ever such payout.The deal, to settle lawsuits that had been due to shortly go to civil trial, covers 81 victims of teacher Mark Berndt, who allegedly photographed blindfolded st...  Full Story