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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge.
More than 3½ months have passed since police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown after a confrontation in the middle of a street in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting triggered riots and looting, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.
Many in the area thought a grand jury decision on whether to charge Wilson with a crime would be announced Sunday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days, including the setting up of barricades around the building where the panel was meeting.
The grand jurors met Friday but apparently didn't reach a decision, and they were widely expected to reconvene on Monday, though there was no official confirmation of that.
During church services Sunday, some pastors encouraged their flocks not to fret.
A choir sang, "We need you Lord right now" at the predominantly black Greater Grace Church in Ferguson. The pastor, Bishop L.O. Jones, referred to the pending grand jury decision briefly.
"Everybody stand to your feet and tell somebody, 'Don't be afraid. God is still in control,'" Jones said as church members repeated after him.
The Rev. Freddy Clark of Shalom Church in nearby Florissant told the mostly black interdenominational congregation that "justice will be served" whichever way the decision goes, because God will take care of it.
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"None of us are pleased about what happened," said parishioner James Tatum. "Whatever the verdict is, we have to understand that's the verdict."
As they wait, some people have continued daily protests, while speculation has grown that the delays are intentional.
"People feel like it's been engineered, so that the results wouldn't come out until after the election and until the weather got cold, and it would be more difficult to protest," said Susan McGraugh, supervisor of the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Saint Louis University School of Law. "It's really adding fuel to the fire."
Wilson has remained out of public view since the shooting, though CNN reported Sunday that he has met with network anchors to discuss possible interviews. Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper, both of CNN, each said on Twitter that they had met with Wilson.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch had said he expected a grand jury decision by mid-to-late November. But that's not ultimately in his control.
The 12-person grand jury deliberates in secret, without McCulloch, and sets its own schedule depending upon when the members are available.
It's not uncommon for deliberations to take a while in complex cases when, such as in the Brown shooting, self-defense is alleged or there are two widely conflicting versions of events, said Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, who is not involved in the Ferguson case.
Downtown STL Inc., a St. Louis civic group that promotes downtown businesses, told members in an email Saturday that the grand jury will reconvene Monday to continue deliberating. The email did not explain how the group knew that, and McCulloch's office has not commented on the grand jury's schedule.
If jurors meet Monday, there is no guarantee they will reach a decision that day, or even this week.
"In the course of their deliberations, if one grand juror convinces the others that 'Look, we need to hear from an additional witness,' and they all agree, the prosecutor's got a duty to bring that witness in," Richardson said.
When the panel reaches a decision, it will be up to McCulloch to publicize it.
Sunday would have been an opportune time to minimize disruptions from protests, since schools and governments are planning on only a partial work week because of Thanksgiving, said Peter Joy, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He said Monday or Tuesday would still make sense.
But "my belief is that with the holiday, releasing it on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday would produce a negative reaction," Joy said.
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Madison Bumgarner won Game 1 of this World Series, throwing seven innings and giving up one run on three hits. He won Game 5, throwing a complete game shutout.
And on Wednesday night, completing one of the most impressive postseason pitching performances in history, he won Game 7, pitching the final five innings on two days rest, giving up just two hits as the Giants won the game 3-2, and won the World Series.
All told he gave up just nine hits and one run in 21 innings of World Series action as the Giants won their third title in five years. He struck out 17 while walking just one Royals batter.
The Royals, making their first World Series appearance since 1985, seemed in many ways a team of destiny early in the postseason as they won their first eight games, half in extra innings. But Bumgarner came into Kauffman Stadium and took a pair of wins.
The Associated Press notes that only Randy Johnson with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 had also won three games in a World Series in recent decades.
At Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, "a mass of humanity partied on the lawns" after watching the game on a jumbo screen, SF Gate reports.
"A New Orleans style jazz band formed after the final out and held an impromptu parade in front of the San Francisco Library and Asian Art Museum, with at least 100 people dancing along and shouting. Fans stood shoulder to shoulder screaming and cheering amid a horn-honking hootenanny outside bars in the Mission, South of Market and throughout downtown."
An official parade is planned for Friday, Mayor Edwin Lee said on Twitter:
The Kansas City Star opened its recap of the game this way:
"They had known loneliness and they had felt despair. This lost generation of fans had been left behind and cast aside across 29 seasons without October, the most bittersweet month in baseball. They never knew the exhilaration the playoffs could provide. They never knew the exquisite torture that lurks at the roller coaster's end for every team but one.
"The 2014 Kansas City Royals believed they could be the one. They believed they could lift up this city and raise it to the throne they had abdicated after 1985. The players felt it in their bones. Their manager espoused his faith daily to the public. Belief is the most beautiful armor, capable of shielding all the frailties of a baseball club, the qualities that leaked into view in a 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium."
The team got a taste, but ultimately Bumgarner "crushed their dreams," the Star says. While fans in San Francisco partied in the streets, inside the Kansas City clubhouse, the paper reports, "the eyes of the Royals were either red or hollow. The room was quiet save for the sound bags being packed, noses sniffling and farewells being issued."
Google Hangouts is a nice little chat client, and someday it could be unstoppable
Zoe Quinn doesn't just make heartfelt, experimental games like Depression Quest. She's also pretty set on becoming a cyborg, judging from the cyberpunk as hell implants she's gotten over the last couple of years.
We've been seeing a lot of great external battery deals lately, but grabbing 12000 mAh for $28 in a slim form factor is still a standout. Dual ports and 2.1A output present and accounted for. [Mpow 12000mAh, $28 with code PO12MPOW]
If you've ever been stung by someone sharing something online about you that you'd rather they hadn't, you've experienced the difficulties of maintaining privacy across social networks. In this video, Professor Derek McAuley explains just why it's so complex.
GoPlug is a Kickstarter project aiming to cram backup batteries, USB charging ports, and—for the first time—a true three-prong outlet (or Euro-style two-prong, if that's your jam) into backpacks and luggage. Sounds pretty convenient! But is it something you'd actually use?
24, the smash-hit show starring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer, is back tonight with 24: Live Another Day. Set some 4 odd years after the events of Season 8, Live Another Day sees a shift from the 24 episode format of old, while still retaining the real-time action. It also sees the show leave the United States for the very first time. Oh yeah, this time it's going down in London!
The good news is that 24 fans new and old have a bunch of content to gorge on from iTunes, Amazon and Netflix depending where in the world you are. At 24 episodes a season, 8 seasons and a special one-off episode, that's a lot of Bauer to relive! Since each season saw us experience a day in the life, there's a lot to go through! So, whether your poison is iTunes, Amazon or Netflix, hit the links below for all the classic 24 you can handle. The new season is already loaded up in iTunes to pre-order and receive each episode after it airs.
Also, at the time of writing, iTunes is running a promo where the first episode in every season is free to download. So if you're brand new to 24, there's a great excuse to dip your toe!
Are you a 24 fan? If so, which seasons — and moments — were your favorite? And what are your thoughts on 24: Live Another Day?
There's a mysterious code hidden in an increasing number of films, shows, and videogames out there, from The Simpsons to South Park to Toy Story. The list goes forever, including live action features like Avengers, Star Wars, and Hunger Games. The code is the key to a secret society limited to a selected few.
Pro skier Chris Benchetler and pro snowboarder Kimmy Fasani like to go out and play in the snow in British Columbia. Lucky for us, they wear GoPros when they do—and they capture some sick jumps. You can almost feel the snow hitting your face.
Apple is continuing their investment in indoor location tracking with a new hire. Philip Stanger, founded Wifarer, though the company itself isn't coming to Apple with him. Stanger's hire falls in line with Apple's acquisition of WifiSLAM last year, which, like Wifarer, uses Wi-Fi hotspots throughout large facilities like museums to figure out where you are on a map when proper GPS isn't available. Stanger's new position at Apple hasn't been made specific, but he's apparently in a "leadership role"
iBeacon is of course Apple's take on indoor positioning, and it's seeing some healthy uptake lately. Just look at Apple's recent partnership with Virgin at Heathrow airport. It will be interesting to see what Stanger brings to Apple to supplement iBeacon, and whether or not this move will eventually result in an acquisition of Wifarer.
While increasing market saturation and fierce competition in the smartphone space may be a concern, the latest market share stats from IDC show no evidence of both Apple and Samsung slowing down. Numbers published for the first quarter of the year show Apple closing the gap between itself and the rather dominant Samsung.
The stats show that while Samsung shipped more smartphones than Apple (60m to 43.7m), the iPhone maker did managed to score its largest volume shipped in a quarter, smashing the 40 million milestone. That and Apple has managed to fend off against other rivals, including Huawei (13.7m), Lenovo (12.9m) and LG (12.3m). Though that's not counting the 113.9 shipments by manufacturers grouped into the "other" category.
Although Samsung's volume of shipments increased significantly year-on-year (up from 69.7 million in Q1 2013), its market share fell slightly from 31.9 percent to 30.2 percent, it's also reported that Apple experienced an increase of 16.8 percent on Q1 2013; like Samsung, its overall market share fell from 17.1 percent last year to 15.5 percent this year.
Chinese phone makers Huawei and Lenovo also saw strong year-on-year gains, increasing shipments by 47.3 percent and 63.3 percent respectively. And spurred by strong LTE smartphone sales, LG captured 4.4 percent market share. The Korean manufacturer recently revealed that it shipped 5 million LTE-equipped handsets in the first quarter of the year.
Previously bound to having a Hulu Plus subscription, Hulu this summer will be opening up their free streams to mobile users. As of right now, if you want to watch something that's streaming on Hulu on your mobile device, you'll need a Hulu Plus account — even if that show is free to stream through a desktop browser. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced today that this summer that will change.
MacBook buyers guide: How to choose the best new MacBook - the thin, lightweight MacBook Air, or the robust and powerful MacBook Pro.
You've decided that it's time to replace your aging Mac with one of Apple's new laptops. Or maybe you're jumping onto the Mac platform for the first time. MacBook Air, MacBook Pro both old and with the new Retina display — there are a lot of options. They run the gamut of prices, too. What do you get for your money? And which model is best suited for you?
Baby Boomers are getting older. Their eyesight isn't what it used to be, and their reaction time is slowing. Even if they've been faithful drivers all their lives, their primary means of getting around might start to shift away from the car. Which is great news for public transit in the U.S.
Nintendo's Game Boy turned 25 this week
Now that we all take photos of ourselves constantly, we need to evolve the way we think about our faces in photos. Specifically, we need to abandon the notion that photos of ourselves should include the entirety of our faces when those photos are actually much better with only half a face. Or to be more precise, about 63 percent.
Denmark is a beautiful country. You really should check it out. And now, thanks to the Danish government, you can just that without leaving the comfort of you own home. Just open up Minecraft, and go exploring. It's all there.
The warming weather and lengthening days are luring hikers to long trails—some to very long trails. This week, the first of the few hundred hikers who attempt to complete the Pacific Crest Trail each summer begin heading to the Mexican border to start their 2,663-mile journey to Canada.
If you're the type who loves beta testing software but didn't (or couldn't) jump through the hoops to be a part of Apple's developer program, fear not. The company has opened beta testing for OS X Mavericks to the public.
Apple puts it thusly:
The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better.
You'll need to sign up for the beta program — and sign a confidentiality agreement. Apple will then send you a Beta Access Utility program, and you'll be good to go for pre-release versions through the Mac App Store.
Join now: Apple OS X Beta Seed Program
Hold tight. This new video shows Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a new World Record: by climbing to the very top of Burj Khalifa—the world's tallest building—and then BASE jumping off it.
Tennessee lawmakers tried to make Nashville's buses illegal, a dude pissed in a reservoir and Portland has to flush 38 million gallons of water, and—let's say it all together—the rent is too damn high. This is your weekly look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
As far as movie sidekicks go, it's hard to find one as invaluable as Star War's R2-D2 was. That little droid was always in the right place, at the right time, with the right tool to save the day. And that now includes your kitchen with this R2-D2 measuring cup set that helps ensure your baking ingredients are always perfectly proportioned.
Back at GDC 2014, we got some hands-on time with the first mobile game from Harmonix, called Record Run. (They wanted us to keep a lid on it until their big reveal at PAX East this last weekend.) These guys made the timeless Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, and as you might expect, their foray into iOS games also involves music.
Heartbleed may be one of the biggest internet security flaws
Even if the mention of trigonometry, calculus, or algebra gets your heart racing and your palms sweating, you still might appreciate this watch that demonstrates the first proposition in book one of Euclid's Elements. Because even if you don't know what that means, you can still look like you do, while still easily telling the time.
Looking to stay healthy using your iPhone? Then you might want to check out this new wireless blood pressure monitor from Withings. This is a new version of a previous award-winning blood pressure monitor made by the company. Dropping the need for a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter is probably the biggest change for you. Now it works wirelessly over your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled iPhone.
The durable Snap-On Cover protects your iPhone while allowing full access to all functions. The included holster features a felt lining that protects your device screen while faced in, and the swivel clip allows you to rotate in any position.
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So you can fashion a piece of loose leaf into a paper crane? Snore. Behold the skills of Jiangmei Wu, who turns single sheets of Tyvek into incredibly intricate sculptures that glow from within.
Preparing her body for the feasting that comes with the holidays, Vanessa Hudgens went on a hike in Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles on Monday (December 23).
The "Spring Breakers" star showed off her toned tummy in a black sports bra, black leggings, and a purple baseball cap as she listened to tunes while working up a sweat.
Sharing a short Instagram video of the view from her hike, the 25-year-old actress wrote, "I love la. #grateful."
As for what she's using to fuel her workout, Vanessa tweeted earlier, "BeyoncÃ© all day today. #obsessed.'Source: http://celebrity-gossip.net/vanessa-hudgens/vanessa-hudgens-pre-holiday-hike-997939