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  • Decision reached on Missouri killing

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 20:30 Grand jury reaches decision over whether to charge policeman who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, teenager’s family told This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

    November 24, 2014 2:37 pm


  • Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again

    By Clark Mindock Posted at 1:24 p.m. today 0 Tweet Cassidy gave the weekly Republican address again last weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate. Just as in his first address in June, the doctor by trade recalled interactions with patients as a prominent forum to hear constituent concerns on the direction of the country. “When my patients tell me about their health concerns,” Cassidy said, “they also tell me they are worried about the economy, their jobs, the direction of our country.” With the final outstanding Senate race on the line, Cassidy and his opponent both came out in strong support of the Keystone XL pipeline last week, urging their chambers to approve the measure. The House voted in …

    November 24, 2014 12:56 pm


  • Is Budweiser putting Clydesdales to pasture?

    Anheuser-Busch InBev might be pulling back on Clydesdales as it tries to woo younger, hipper drinkers. Budweiser is pulling back the reins on its Clydesdales. The beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev (AHBIF) decided not to feature the Clydesdales in its holiday beer ads, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Clydesdale horses, with their signature white feathered legs, have been featured in Budweiser ads for decades. For the first time in years, the American public won’t be treated to images of the heavy horses pulling a beer wagon through the snow. According to company’s website, the Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance in 1933 in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. Related: Anheuser-Busch bottles another craft brewer It’s not clear if the horses have been retired forever from all ads. Anheuser-Busch, a prolific Super Bowl advertiser, has typically featured the Clydesdales in its 30-second Budweiser spots during the big game. It recently added a puppy to …

    November 24, 2014 1:56 pm


  • Rookie sensation Ko faces ‘tough’ task to match 2014

    (Reuters) – New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko knows full well that she will face a formidable challenge next year in trying to replicate, at the very least, her astonishingly successful rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour. The 17-year-old capped a storming 2014 season by clinching her third victory in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship on Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. The youngest player in the elite field, Ko also claimed the circuit’s inaugural “Race to CME Globe” title and its $1 million bonus for the biggest payday in women’s golf. “It’s going to be tough,” Ko told reporters when asked how she could top her golfing achievements from this year on the 2015 LPGA Tour. “I played pretty awesome this year. I’ve had 14 top 10s and three wins. It’s a year that I would’ve never thought that I would have. It’s a hard year to top off.” Ko, …

    November 24, 2014 2:37 pm

World News

  • Bill Cosby show in Washington state cancelled amid sex assault claims

    Embattled comedian Bill Cosby’s show in Yakima, Washington state, has been cancelled, venue organisers said on Monday, in the latest of several cancellations following decades-old sexual assault allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks. The Capitol Theatre said all ticket holders to the show, scheduled for Saturday, would receive refunds and the show has been postponed indefinitely. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut also said they had indefinitely postponed a performance by Cosby, 77, scheduled for 31 January. The comedian has not directly addressed the accusations but his attorneys have said they were “discredited” and “defamatory”. Cosby’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the most recent cancellations. More than a dozen women have come forward in recent weeks with allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago and, in some cases, drugged them. Therese Serignese, a Florida woman, said Cosby assaulted her in 1976. Model Janice Dickinson, the most high-profile accuser, …

    November 24, 2014 2:37 pm


  • UK should be embarrassed by its lack of female engineers, says Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband has said Britain’s lack of female engineers should be a “matter of national embarrassment”, as he called for an extra 400,000 people to be trained in the profession by the end of the decade. Writing on Facebook, the Labour leader said the UK needed about 780,000 engineers by 2020 to meet industry demand, but the country is training less than half of that. “If we are going to win the race to the top in the 21st century, we have to re-establish our historic reputation as a world leader in technology and manufacturing,” he wrote. “We need to equip our businesses with the skills they need to succeed. But the UK is facing a crisis in the number of engineers being trained up. “This is not just a shortage of the traditional civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, but also in information technology, green energy, and life sciences where many of the jobs of …

    November 24, 2014 12:57 pm


  • Printing the future

    One moment it’s an image on a screen, the next it’s an object in your hands – today’s 3D printers make Star Trek gadgets look tame.  Futuristic as they are, they are also taking us back to a time when individuals were able to craft their own designs. While conventional manufacturing excels at churning out mountains of identical objects, 3D printing gives today’s artisans free reign. Here are some examples. But this is just the beginning – 3D printing is limited only by our imaginations. Bespoke bike Every body is different. So wouldn’t it be great if your bike were tailored to yours? Matthew Andrew, owner and designer at Flying Machine in Perth, can oblige. He teamed up with the CSIRO’s Lab 22 to produce a prototype bike, above, with 3D-printed titanium parts that can be tailored to the customer’s size. “The customer is measured up. It’s similar to buying a tailored suit. You just …

    November 24, 2014 1:17 pm


  • Some Newly Insured Under ‘Obamacare’ May Have Trouble Finding Doctors

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year. Now, several shortcomings in the system have been discovered. In some markets, doctors are reluctant to take on patients who bought health insurance plans through the state and federal exchanges that were created by “Obamacare.” “I think doctors have a couple of problems with the exchange policies,” said Dr. Austin King, an otolaryngologist and president of the Texas Medical Association. People often don’t understand their insurance coverage, so staff members have to educate them, “and that adds to the hassle of seeing these patients,” King said. Another problem: Doctors are wary of the law’s provision giving people with subsidized coverage a 90-day grace period before their coverage is cancelled for failing to pay the premium. Doctors fear they could end up on the hook for care provided to people who lose their …

    November 24, 2014 8:52 am


  • - Kesha Surfaces After Filing Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

    Posted on Mon Nov 24th, 2014 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s alive! Kesha has surfaced for the first time since she went into hiding following the allegations that her music producer Dr. Luke sexually abused her. We haven’t seen hide nor hair of her since the whole thing went down last month — but we are glad to see that the singer is looking healthy. Despite her floppy hat disguise, our photogs caught the blonde beauty as she was making her way out of LAX to Nashville. According to her Instagram, the “Blow” singer was in Las Vegas yesterday. It seems as though the “Tik Tok” singer is staying strong. She broke her Twitter silence last week to thank fans for their support, “i’ve seen ALL of the love and I appreciate every tweet, comment. everything. each live in my heart!!”   SEE THE GALLERY Kesha Makes Her First Public Appearance Since Suing Dr. Luke …

    November 24, 2014 2:36 pm


  • After Chuck Hagel: Why Obama’s next pick for Pentagon chief could determine his foreign policy legacy

    Poor Defense Secretary Hagel.  Hired and fired in just one term.   I’m not surprised.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When he got the job I warned that he was the wrong pick, because he didn’t have good relations with Congress to sell the president’s unpopular agenda on Capitol Hill, or the credibility necessary to sell the military on unpopular budget cuts. And that was before ISIS, Ebola and super-sized, military-gutting defense cuts. Related Image Expand / Contract Nov. 24, 2014: President Obama, left, listens as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, talks about his resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) So out with Hagel, in with a new Secretary of Defense  The pick could well determine Obama’s foreign policy legacy.    The stakes couldn’t be higher.   Will the new SecDef and Joint Chiefs work together and persuade the president to change course?  Or will the …

    November 24, 2014 12:57 pm

Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine

    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm