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Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014. There are 38 days left in the year.

Tense Ferguson braces for US grand jury decision

Protestors block traffic as they take to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri on 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 governor declared a state of emergency and the FBI deployed extra personnel. The jury can either indict police officer Darren Wilson, meaning he could face trial for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, or determine there is no case for him to answer.



Obama, Jeter tee off on exclusive Vegas course
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing golf at an exclusive Las Vegas-area course with a retired shortstop, a Democratic Party donor and a newspaper owner.

Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy — just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms.

Obama's day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter

U.S. President Obama signs two Presidential Memoranda associated with his Executive Actions on immigration from his office on Air Force One upon his arrival in Las VegasNORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) - Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter. Obama's foursome included Jeter, Brian Greenspun, who is owner of the Las Vegas Sun, and businessman and Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. They played at Shadow Creek Golf Club, an exclusive course owned by MGM Resorts International. Jeter retired from the Yankees in September after a Hall of Fame career. His golf game will likely need some improvement. ...



Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan

U.S. soldiers line up to meet U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel before he departs from Kabul International AirportWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said. The decision, made in recent weeks, will allow U.S. forces to carry out limited missions against the Taliban seen as necessary to protect Americans and support Afghanistan's security forces. ...



Winners and losers under Obama's immigration plan

Yulexi Plata, 14, speaks about her hopes for immigration policy during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. While the high school freshman was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen, both of her parents are from Mexico and are living in Alabama without proper documentation. Plata hopes a new policy will allow her parents to remain in the United States and ease her fears that they will be deported. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system in decades, shielding millions from deportation.



AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

Obama Orders Expanded U.S. Role in Afghanistan to Avoid Another ISIS

Obama Orders Expanded U.S. Role in Afghanistan to Avoid Another ISISCaught between the promise to end the war in Afghanistan, demands from the Pentagon to carry out the military's mission there, and worries over the possible emergence of another ISIS-like group, President Obama approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The measure broadens previous plans that had limited the military to training and counterterrorism missions against al-Qaeda after 2014.



Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision
Tensions 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 an extra 100 personnel to the area. Police helicopters trained search lights over Ferguson late Friday as a small gaggle of protesters braved the cold to demand that officer Darren Wilson stand trial for shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown dead on August 9.

U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Saudi inmate held for 12 years at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of fighting in Afghanistan for al Qaeda has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defense Department said on Saturday. Muhammad Murdi Issa al-Zahrani was cleared for transfer last month by a review board, which said it took into account the uncorroborated nature of the information about his links to al Qaeda as well as his expressions of regret. Zahrani, who will take part in a Saudi rehabilitation program, was imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo in August 2002. ...

Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his executive action on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment. With the public favoring changes in the current immigration system, the Republicans’ best short-term response appears to be purely rhetorical: that the president is granting amnesty to millions, and exceeding his constitutional authority in the process. Beyond that, their hopes of reversing his policies appear to be either a years-long lawsuit or the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment.



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