Student leader: Washington college unsafe for women of color
Travelers take to the roads and the skies for Thanksgiving
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.
MSF hospital strike was 'human error': US general
A deadly air strike on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital was "caused primarily by human error", the US commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday, prompting a strong rebuke from the charity who slammed American forces for "gross negligence". The "tragic but avoidable accident (was) caused primarily by human error," General John Campbell told reporters at NATO headquarters in Kabul, adding that those most closely associated with the incident had been suspended from their duties. Responding to the release of the investigation, MSF general director Christopher Stokes strongly condemned the actions of the US forces.
Russia says jet downing a 'provocation' as Turkey releases audio
Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of a "planned provocation" over the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border as a rescued pilot said no prior warning had been given. The Turkish army responded by releasing audio recordings apparently warning the Russian jet it was approaching Turkish airspace and should change course, as tensions remained high following Tuesday's incident despite appeals for calm. Moscow said Russian and Syrian special forces had rescued one of the two Russian pilots who ejected from the bomber as it plunged to the earth in a fireball, but confirmed the second airman and a soldier sent to rescue him died.
US policeman charged with murder had 20 earlier complaints
A white Chicago policeman caught on tape shooting dead a black teenager had at least 20 complaints filed against him but was never disciplined, a database shows, in the latest such incident to inflame racial sentiment in the US. The graphic video released shortly after officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday has also reignited impassioned debate about the use of force by law enforcement in the United States, with Chicago left dangerously on edge. Protesters there have likened the Laquan McDonald killing to that of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri last year, triggering 15 months of demonstrations in major US cities over perceived police brutality against black men.
Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees
Rams WR Bailey has surgery after being shot in Florida
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Stedman Bailey was in intensive care and in stable condition at a Miami area hospital Wednesday after undergoing a surgical procedure that the St. Louis Rams say lasted 4-6 hours for a bullet wound to the head.
Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain
Tesco in $12 million U.S. settlement over accounting scandal
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tesco Plc has agreed to pay $12 million (8 million pounds) to settle a U.S. shareholder lawsuit claiming that accounting irregularities inflated the share price of Britain's largest retailer. The all-cash settlement was disclosed in filings on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, and requires court approval. Tesco denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle, court papers show.
Obama 'pardons' turkey in Thanksgiving tradition
President Barack Obama symbolically pardoned a turkey on Wednesday, a White House tradition on the eve of the US Thanksgiving holiday when Americans will feast on the poultry. "America is, after all, a country of second chances, and this turkey has earned a second chance to live out the rest his life comfortably," said a beaming Obama in the gardens of the presidential mansion, flanked by his daughters Malia and Sasha. "It is hard to believe this is my seventh year of pardoning a turkey.