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Two FBI Special Agents Shot Near Ferguson

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.) — Two FBI special agents were shot during an investigation near Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday morning, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Rebecca Wu confirmed.

The agents’ injuries are not life-threatening, Wu said. One of the agents was shot in the shoulder, and the other was shot in the leg.

The shooting happened at 2:53 a.m. in a home in University City, located six miles south of Ferguson. The agents were helping the University City Police Department execute an arrest warrant unrelated to nearby protests, Wu said.

The protests continue in response to the August police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. New unrest followed Monday’s grand jury decision not to bring charges against officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s shooting death.

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UVA Promises New ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy on Sexual Assaults

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The University of Virginia said Tuesday that it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy in dealing with sexual assaults on campus, after an explosive report about rapes that took place on campus prompted a meeting of the school’s governing board.

But school officials did not reveal details of the zero-tolerance policy, noting in a statement that the new rules will be “refined in the near term.”

Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Visitors came after Rolling Stone published a story about a student identified as Jackie who was allegedly gang-raped during a frat party when she was a freshman. School officials have since come under fire for the way they handle sexual assault cases.

According to Rolling Stone, 183 people have been expelled from UVA for honor code violations like lying or cheating on an exam, but not one person has been expelled for sexual assault.

“To Jackie and her parents, I say I am sorry…to the survivors of sexual assault and their families, I am also sorry,” Rector George Keith Martin said at Tuesday’s board meeting, according to the press release.

“This type of conduct will not be tolerated at the University of Virginia. The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Martin said.

In the wake of the article’s publication, fraternities and sororities at the school were suspended until January, and there have been protests on campus calling for action by the administration.

“I write you in great sorrow, great rage, but most importantly, great determination,” university President Teresa Sullivan wrote earlier in a statement sent to the University of Virginia community. “Meaningful change is necessary, and we can lead that change for all universities.”

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Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson Explains How He Feared for His Life

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has spoken out to ABC News for the first time publicly since fatally shooting a black teenager, Michael Brown, and he said that he would not do anything differently.

Speaking exclusively to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Wilson said that Brown reached into his police car and grabbed for his gun, causing Wilson to fear for his life.

“All I wanted to do was live,” said Wilson, whom the grand jury declined to indict in connection with the fatal shooting in August.

He told ABC News about the struggle he faced with Brown as the teen allegedly punched Wilson in the face.

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to withstand another hit like that,” Wilson said.

“I had reached out my window with my right hand to grab onto his forearm ’cause I was gonna try and move him back and get out of the car to where I’m no longer trapped,” Wilson said.

“I just felt the immense power that he had. And then the way I’ve described it is it was like a 5-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan. That’s just how big this man was,” Wilson said.

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Homeless Man’s Posting Nets Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NORFOLK, Va.) — Neal Shytles spends the holidays alone.

The 54-year-old is homeless and has been living in a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, for two years. With no family nearby and Thanksgiving approaching, Shytles has longed for something that money can’t buy.

“One night, I was talking with two of my friends at the shelter about how lonely it is during the holidays,” he said. “It hurts every day of the year but on Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s 10 times worse being by yourself.”

Shytles went back to his room and created a personal ad titled “Wanted: A family to share Thanksgiving with,” asking someone to invite him into their home to spend the holiday with their family.

“I didn’t have a whole lot of Facebook friends and I was trying to think of places where people would see it,” Shytles said. “So I posted the ad on a few Facebook pages of news sites in the area.”

Shytles was soon approached by a local television station to be interviewed about his heartwarming request.

Just 40 minutes away Ashley McLemore of Newport News, Virginia, was watching the teaser.

“In the teaser was the quote that said, ‘I’m lonely 365 days a year,’ which absolutely broke my heart,” said McLemore, a 7th-grade English teacher. “I called my husband and asked if he would mind having him with us for Thanksgiving.”

Without a second thought, McLemore called Shytles and offered him an invitation.

“She said, we really want you to come over,” Shytles said. “I started crying because I was so excited and then she started crying too.”

Since posting his ad, Shytles has received more media attention than anticipated.

“I thought it would just be a local thing,” he said. “I didn’t realize it would go viral, but since my story aired, the donations at my shelter have gone up. I think it’s made people open up their hearts.”

In addition to Thanksgiving at the McLemores, Shytles has since received more holiday invites than he can count.

“People have been calling from all over the country,” he said. “When I tell them I’ve already accepted an offer, some are inviting me to their homes for Christmas. They’re even willing to fly me out of state to come see them.”

Ashley McLemore isn’t surprised at the overwhelming response to Shytles’ request.

“I think he is absolutely wonderful,” she said. “The things I’ve seen him post on Facebook are always about the people in the shelter. He seems to really have a heart for helping other people.”

For now, Shytles is looking forward to having Thanksgiving with the McLemores, where he’ll enjoy both lunch and dinner, and quality time with the couple and some of their friends.

“I just can’t wait to be in that family atmosphere,” he said. “That’s all I ever wanted in life. I didn’t ask for money. For me, it was never about the riches. I want something to take away the loneliness, where I can love people and they love me back.”

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Ferguson Protesters Gather at Police Station Amid New National Guard Reinforcements

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A crowd of several hundred people gathered outside the Ferguson, Mo., police station Tuesday night, and after a calm start, a police car was set on fire, after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon deployed more than 2,000 National Guardsmen to the streets.

The city, the site of looting and burning after a grand jury cleared a white officer of shooting an unarmed teen Monday, had been mostly calm Tuesday night.

Several arrests were made, including two people from Oklahoma charged for unlawful assembly and resisting arrest, according to the St. Louis County Police. There were no reports of arson or stores being robbed.

“The violence we saw last night cannot be repeated,” Nixon said earlier. He called the aftermath a “heartbreaking sight,” and said “seniors are afraid to leave the house and children are afraid to go out and play….We must do better and we will.”

The governor’s move came shortly after Ferguson Mayor James Knowles criticized the governor’s decision to wait to send the National Guard into the protests after the grand jury decision was announced to clear Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of teenager Michael Brown.

The mayor also asked that there be stepped-up protections Tuesday night.

“We must be prepared ahead of time. We must be prepared for the absolute worst,” he said.

Knowles said the National Guard was not deployed ahead of time Monday night, a move he said cost the city.

“Unfortunately as unrest grew and further assistance was needed, the National Guard was not deployed in enough time to save all of our businesses,” said Knowles, adding it’s “deeply concerning.”

He said that by waiting to send in the National Guard to provide assistance for the law enforcement officers already on the ground, protesters were able to do more damage to private property and local businesses.

“Some of these businesses have been hit twice,” Knowles said.

At least a dozen businesses were burned along with a couple of police cars during Monday night’s protests, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said earlier Tuesday.

“We reached out both through unified control and through political channels to make it known we needed more assets,” Knowles said of his office’s efforts to get the National Guard sent in as soon as property began being attacked.

St. Louis is postponing its Thanksgiving Day Parade because of the unrest.

Protests are also continuing in other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Atlanta. In New York, the protesters stopped near the Lincoln Tunnel, stalling rush-hour traffic. Several arrests were also reported in New York.

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Nor’Easter to Hit Ahead of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, many will see unsettled weather on Wednesday that could interrupt their travel plans.

Snow is expected to fall on I-35 from Minneapolis to Des Moines, Iowa and on I-94 through Wisconsin. Also, I-5 from Seattle to Portland, Oregon will be wet with occasional pounding due to heavy rain forecast there. I-90 will be snow covered through the northern Rockies as well.

On the East Coast, a significant Nor’easter is set to hit.

From Orlando, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina on I-95 it will be heavy rain with local flooding possible. I-95 from Washington, D.C. to New York will begin to see rain as early as Wednesday morning, with showers arriving in Boston in the late morning.

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast: Washington, D.C. could see 1 to 2 inches, Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches as well.

Thanksgiving Day will be mostly dry for the I-95 corridor, but snow will be flying on I-94 on Thursday from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin with a few inches possible there.

For the West coast, it will be a wet ride on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco with heavy rain, especially in Washington and Oregon. Minor flooding is possible.

If you are traveling over the northern Rockies on I-90 from Seattle to Billings, Montana, watch out for some snow covered roads as you go over Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes.

Most of the South will be dry on Thanksgiving from Orlando to Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

For your return trip on Sunday, most of the country will be in a good shape. I-95 corridor will be dry from Florida to Maine. The only trouble spot will be the West Coast, where heavy rain is possible on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco and even some rain possible in Southern California late Sunday night.

For the Great Lakes and Northern Plains, snow showers are possible with 1-2 inches of snow accumulation. With milder air further east, rain showers are possible in Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

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Exclusive: ABC News Interviews Police Officer Darren Wilson

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown.

Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown but was in fear for his life and was just “doing his job.”

This is the first time Wilson has made public remarks about the Aug. 9 shooting.

The interview comes a day after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson in an incident that sparked national outcry.

Tune into ABC News’ World News Tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST to see the interview.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Michael Brown’s Mom Outraged

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The heartbroken mother of Michael Brown broke down during protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury cleared the police officer who fatally shot her teenage son.

Lesley McSpadden was captured on video screaming and crying in the hours after she learned Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown in August, would not be indicted in the teen’s death.

“They wrong,” she repeated.

“Everyone want me to be calm — do you know how them bullets hit my son, what they did to his body as they entered his body?” she asked. “Nobody had to live through what I lived through.”

“They never gonna care,” she said. “I’ve been here my whole life. I ain’t never had to go through nothing like this.”

Supporters surrounded McSpadden as she broke town in tears, covering her face with her hands. Many screamed profanities and urged the crowd to “burn this b—h down.”

McSpadden’s partner, wearing a green and white shirt, is also seen shouting during the clip and hugging her.

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Lawyers for Michael Brown’s Family ‘Strenuously’ Object to Prosecutor

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Lawyers for Michael Brown’s parents said on Tuesday that they “strenuously object” to the prosecutor and the grand jury process that cleared a police officer in the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.

Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer, said that he had objected to allowing St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch handle the case from the beginning and asked for a special prosecutor who did not have ties to the local police.

“Now after we watched him last night in his comments, we strenuously object to this prosecutor and this process,” Crump said.

“We have the local prosecutor who has a symbiotic relationship with the local police and the local police officers…We could foresee what the outcome was going to be and that’s exactly what occurred last night,” Crump said.

Michael Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., was standing beside Crump and Rev. Al Sharpton. Brown Sr. wore a red St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap like the one his son was wearing when he shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. The dad also wore a T-shirt with the slogan “No Justice No Peace.”

“You have broken our hearts but you have not broken our backs,” Sharpton said. “We are going to continue to pursue justice.”

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Gunshots During Ferguson Protests Prompt Temporary Flight Restriction at St. Louis Airport

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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dave_valler/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Lambert – St. Louis International Airport was subject to a temporary flight restriction Monday night into Tuesday morning due to gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, reports of gunshots created a sufficient hazard that only law enforcement aircraft were permitted to fly through the area beginning at 10:15 p.m. local time.

The restriction prevented approach at multiple runways at the St. Louis airport. The FAA said 10 inbound flights were diverted to other airports. Five additional arriving flights were cancelled, the airport said.

The flight restriction was lifted at about 5 a.m. local time, with a limited number of early morning flights cancelled.

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