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U.S. veterans build barracks for pipeline protesters in cold
By Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. military veterans were building barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation. Veterans volunteering to be human shields have been arriving at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the small town of Cannon Ball, where they will work with protesters who have spent months demonstrating against plans to route the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, organizers said.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:15:37 -0500
Police hail parents who found, disarmed son at Utah school
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Utah mother and father who followed their son to school and pulled a shotgun from his hand after he fired a round into a classroom ceiling likely prevented bloodshed by acting quickly on their intuition and conversations with the boy after they noticed guns were missing from their home, police said Friday.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:12:23 -0500
US moves to block Chinese purchase of German tech firm Aixtron
US President Barack Obama on Friday moved to block a Chinese company's purchase of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron by blocking the inclusion of Aixtron's US business in the deal. The US Treasury said a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) chaired by Obama found the risks posed by the deal, which could place sensitive technology with potential military applications in Chinese hands, were too great. "CFIUS and the president assess that the transaction poses a risk to the national security of the United States that cannot be resolved through mitigation," the Treasury said in a statement.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:11:05 -0500
Alpine skiing: Stuhec wins season-opening downhill
Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec won the season-opening ladies downhill at Lake Louise on Friday with the first World Cup victory of her ski racing career. "I knew I could ski fast and I just needed to put it in a race and I did," said Stuhec, whose best previous result on the World Cup circuit was a fourth place in the 2013 super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Italy's Sofia Goggia was second with a time of one minute, 45.70 seconds, while Sweden's Kajsa Kling finished third with one minute, 45.79 seconds.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:09:20 -0500
Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump
Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch
Dean steps out of DNC race; Ellison says he may leave seat
United to pay $2.4M to settle with SEC over NJ to SC flight
Wisconsin, Penn St. try to focus on title game _ not playoff
Chef credited with inventing General Tso's Chicken has died
Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, risking China tensions
White House should lead broad cybersecurity effort: panel
The White House should lead a broad cybersecurity effort with the private sector to guard against potentially crippling attacks and boost confidence in the digital economy, a presidential commission said Friday. The panel created by President Barack Obama in 2013 delivered a 90-page set of recommendations, noting that most would need to be carried out by incoming President-elect Donald Trump. The recommendations reflect what the commissioners believe are the highest-priority actions to take.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:46:35 -0500
US jury ordered to deliberate more over S. Carolina shooting
The judge in the murder trial of a white former South Carolina policeman accused of shooting an unarmed black suspect in the back sent the jury back for more deliberations Friday after they said they could not reach a consensus. Michael Slager -- who is facing murder and voluntary manslaughter charges -- stands accused of shooting and killing motorist Walter Scott after Scott fled a traffic stop and struggled with the officer on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston. Slager's lawyers argue that Scott's disregard for authority, aberrant behavior and aggressive actions justified the deadly encounter.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:43:00 -0500
Toll rises to 13 in southeast US wildfires
The death toll from wildfires in a popular tourist area in the southeastern US state of Tennessee has risen to 13, authorities said Friday, with the search for victims continuing. Twelve of the deaths were directly related to the blaze and one person died of a heart attack while fleeing, said Larry Waters, mayor of Sevier County, which includes the city of Gatlinburg, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. High winds and parched vegetation caused by the worst drought in nearly a decade provided fuel for the fires in the eastern part of Tennessee.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:42:10 -0500
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