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President Obama: Don’t Use Ferguson as ‘An Excuse for Violence’

abcnews.go.com — (Jim Bourg/AP Photo) As a grand jury debates whether or not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, President Barack Obama today - in an exclusive interview with ABC News - urged the residents of the city and all others who might protest the outcome to do so "peacefully."
Nov 21, 2014

Thx to everyone who sent in Qs for the president. Here’s a preview of our conversation – more on @ThisWeekABC. abcn.ws/1vxljuA

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Exclusive: Pres. Obama: Don't use Ferguson as "an excuse for violence" - abcn.ws/1vxljuA - @ThisWeekABC pic.twitter.com/J1tuGElnzL

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Exclusive: Pres. Obama: Don't use Ferguson as "an excuse for violence" - abcn.ws/1vxljuA - @ThisWeekABC pic.twitter.com/J1tuGElnzL

Nov 21, 2014

Did u tell the police?"@ABC: Exclusive: Pres. Obama: Don't use Ferguson as "an excuse for violence" - abcn.ws/1vxljuA - @ThisWeekABC"

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2 in Missouri Charged With Lying on Forms to Buy Guns Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

abcnews.go.com — Federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown. Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin only faced those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon.
Nov 22, 2014

"Sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives" - abcn.ws/1Hx82Gs

Nov 22, 2014

RT @ABC: JUST IN: 2 charged in Missouri with lying on forms to buy guns ahead of grand jury decision in Michael Brown case: abcn.ws/1Hx82Gs

Nov 22, 2014

RT @ABC: JUST IN: 2 charged in Missouri with lying on forms to buy guns ahead of grand jury decision in Michael Brown case: abcn.ws/1Hx82Gs

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: JUST IN: 2 charged in Missouri with lying on forms to buy guns ahead of grand jury decision in Michael Brown case: abcn.ws/1Hx82Gs

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FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

abcnews.go.com — The FBI has sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. In addition to the FBI, other federal agencies have also mobilized staffers to get to St.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @abc7newsBayArea: The FBI sent 100 agents to St. Louis to await the grand jury decision in the shooting death of #MichaelBrown. abc7ne.ws/11FcXUt

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Moon_Melanie: FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision - ABC News abcn.ws/1r61m7F via @ABC @kplr11 @fox2now

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President Obama: Don't Use Ferguson As 'Excuse For Violence'

abcnews.go.com — What is your message to the people of Ferguson and others who didn't protest. I think first and foremost can protest peaceful. This is a country that. Allows it reverted to express their views. Allows... See More
Nov 21, 2014

President Obama: don't use #Ferguson as 'excuse for violence' | Video - ABC News abcn.ws/1r6FDww

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Nettaaaaaaaa: Dear Mr. President, ask the police to keep things peaceful instead. abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/pres… Signed, A peaceful protester.

Nov 21, 2014

RT @tanehisicoates: But plenty of reasons. RT @WesleyLowery: President Obama says there is "no excuse for violence" in Ferguson abcn.ws/1p71urX

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Entertainment Icon Mike Nichols Has Died at Age 83

abcnews.go.com — Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. Nichols' death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston.
Nov 20, 2014

So sad for Diane Sawyer and their families. What a great career Mike Nichols had: fb.me/6YkJYXsYl

Nov 20, 2014

The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf & Silkwood ... Mike Nichols has died at age 83 abcn.ws/1xsHEsQ pic.twitter.com/Khp2KnQQ7n

Nov 20, 2014

Mike Nichols' bio reads like a history of theater & film from the 60s on. RIP - and thanks. mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/mov… | abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/…

Nov 20, 2014

Diane Sawyer is in my thoughts RT @GMA: Entertainment icon Mike Nichols has died at age 83. abcn.ws/1xsHEsQ pic.twitter.com/jtIQNEQNOI

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Powerful Al Qaeda Group Slams Door on ISIS’s Leader

abcnews.go.com — Al Qaeda's most potent affiliate, the Yemeni branch of the terror group, today strongly rejected the Islamic "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq declared by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an announcement that terrorism experts said is good news for the West.
Nov 21, 2014

"I think it's pretty significant. It underscores the depth of the rift between ISIS and al Qaeda" abcn.ws/1r67z3A via @meekwire

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABCInvestigates: Terror Power Struggle: Powerful Al Qaeda Group Slams Door on ISIS’s Leader abcn.ws/1yA15ya via @meekwire

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABCInvestigates: Terror Power Struggle: Powerful Al Qaeda Group Slams Door on ISIS’s Leader abcn.ws/1yA15ya via @meekwire

Ferguson 'On Edge' and Worried, Brown Family Lawyer Says

abcnews.go.com — The city of Ferguson is "nervous, on edge, scared" as they await the grand jury's decision on the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown, a lawyer for the Brown family and protest leaders said today. "The city is really in a panic at this moment," attorney Anthony Gray said in a press conference this afternoon.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Law enforcement in Ferguson is preparing fully for the grand jury decision: abcn.ws/1vxjyhE pic.twitter.com/qiVYiV6ZJn

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Law enforcement in Ferguson is preparing fully for the grand jury decision: abcn.ws/1vxjyhE pic.twitter.com/qiVYiV6ZJn

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Law enforcement in Ferguson is preparing fully for the grand jury decision: abcn.ws/1vxjyhE pic.twitter.com/qiVYiV6ZJn

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Law enforcement in Ferguson is preparing fully for the grand jury decision: abcn.ws/1vxjyhE pic.twitter.com/qiVYiV6ZJn

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Near Deadline; Parties Remain Deadlocked

abcnews.go.com — With three days left until this round of talks on Iran's nuclear program concludes, the outcome appeared so uncertain today that Secretary of State John Kerry reversed his travel plans, first announcing that he would be leaving Vienna, where negotiators have huddled, for Paris, and a few hours later...
Nov 21, 2014

RT @AliABCNews: As the Iran nuclear talks tick down to Monday's deadline, here's 3 ways they could end - a Weinberg/@KiritRadia joint abcnews.go.com/International/…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @AliABCNews: As the Iran nuclear talks tick down to Monday's deadline, here's 3 ways they could end - a Weinberg/@KiritRadia joint abcnews.go.com/International/…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @AliABCNews: As the Iran nuclear talks tick down to Monday's deadline, here's 3 ways they could end - a Weinberg/@KiritRadia joint abcnews.go.com/International/…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @RezaAsadi: #Iran Nuclear Negotiations Near Deadline; Parties Remain Deadlocked - ABC News abcnews.go.com/International/…

Nov 21, 2014

As the Iran nuclear talks tick down to Monday's deadline, here's 3 ways they could end - a Weinberg/@KiritRadia joint abcnews.go.com/International/…

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For Obama, a Long Road to Immigration Order

abcnews.go.com — In early March, President Barack Obama's carefully cultivated Hispanic coalition was starting to splinter. Immigration legislation on Capitol Hill was going nowhere. Deportations were nearing 2 million under Obama's watch. And the president was resisting calls from frustrated advocates to use executive actions to address the issue.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @joshledermanAP: How it happened: The 9 months that led to Obama's #immigration order abcn.ws/1vxnNtK tic-toc from me & @jpacedc

Nov 21, 2014

RT @joshledermanAP: How it happened: The 9 months that led to Obama's #immigration order abcn.ws/1vxnNtK tic-toc from me & @jpacedc

Nov 21, 2014

How it happened: The 9 months that led to Obama's #immigration order abcn.ws/1vxnNtK tic-toc from me & @jpacedc

A Giant Step for Coffee Lovers: Italian Espresso Headed To Space

abcnews.go.com — Astronauts on the International Space Station will soon be waking up to the refreshing aroma and taste of authentic Italian coffee. ISSpresso, an espresso machine designed by engineering company Argotec and coffee roaster Lavazza in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency, is one of the many...
Nov 21, 2014

☕️☕️☕️☕️MT @ABC: Astronauts on ISS will soon be waking up to Italian coffee: abcn.ws/1xztR3M pic.twitter.com/Hruu9w7roe #caffeine

Nov 21, 2014

the words ‘lavazza’ and ‘coffee lovers’ do not go together: abcnews.go.com/Technology/gia…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @mxmooney: A giant step for coffee lovers. Italian company creates espresso machine that will work in space. @Jfische1992 abcn.ws/1xztR3M

Judge Rules Illinois Pension Law Unconstitutional

abcnews.go.com — An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a law intended to fix the nation's worst state employee pension crisis violates the state constitution, deciding in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the landmark overhaul. The overhaul had been approved by lawmakers and Democratic...
Nov 21, 2014

Relates to Pa. "impairment of contracts" issue MT @APOConnor Back to (pension) drawing board for Ill. Legislature. abcn.ws/1Fagvv0

Nov 21, 2014

Judge tosses #Illinois pension reform, which was meant 2 help pull state out of financial pit.AP John O'Connor stry: abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/j…

Afghanistan Amusement Park a Relief for War-Weary Residents

abcnews.go.com — Despite an upswing in insurgent attacks, Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, has a new milestone: The country's first-ever amusement park. It's called Kabul City Park. Nestled between the muddy, polluted Kabul river and the city's snow-covered mountains, it resembles the kind of smaller amusements parks that dot towns and cities across Europe and North America.
Nov 21, 2014

Afghanistan’s first-ever amusement park opens, a welcome sight for war-weary Afghans: abcn.ws/11KaUzj pic.twitter.com/P2CxZG4LkH

Nov 21, 2014

RT @WNTonight: Afghanistan’s first-ever amusement park opens, a welcome sight for war-weary Afghans: abcn.ws/11KaUzj pic.twitter.com/Rw6dGeH3jO

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Afghanistan’s first-ever amusement park opens, a welcome sight for war-weary Afghans: abcn.ws/11KaUzj pic.twitter.com/eiBKv8b541

Wolf Travels Hundreds of Miles to Northern Arizona

abcnews.go.com — Wildlife officials have confirmed the first gray wolf in northern Arizona in more than 70 years. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Jeff Humphrey said Friday that analysis of the animal's scat shows it's from the Northern Rockies population. The wolf is believed to have traveled...

Mexicans Turning to Humor in Mansion Scandal

abcnews.go.com — Brad Pitt and George Clooney are intercepted by Mexico's border patrol. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, is ready to audition for a soap opera. Everyone, according to a wave of jokes on the Internet, wants to get a foot in the door at the Mexican network Televisa, the world's largest...

Obama Raises Stakes on Immigration in Vegas Rally

abcnews.go.com — Pitching his immigration plan directly to the American people, President Obama today told a rowdy crowd today that what he's offering is a "common sense" first step to fixing a "broken system." "Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time, and everybody knows it," Obama said.
Nov 21, 2014

But it's fun! RT @WNTonight: Pres. Obama on immigration reform: "deporting millions of people is not realistic." abcn.ws/1yAqqYV

Nov 21, 2014

Obama returns to Vegas to raise the stakes on immigration abcn.ws/1yAqqYV

Prosecutors Drop Charges for 3 Men 40 Years Later

abcnews.go.com — There is a possibility that three men, two brothers and their best friend, could be reunited nearly 40 years after they were sentenced to death for a 1975 slaying they say they did not commit. Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Thursday filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Ricky...
Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Judge dismisses cases, men free after nearly 40 years: "Life is filled with small victories" - abcn.ws/1vwLtOd pic.twitter.com/kKLTbHd2ic

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Judge dismisses cases, men free after nearly 40 years: "Life is filled with small victories" - abcn.ws/1vwLtOd pic.twitter.com/kKLTbHd2ic

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ABC: Judge dismisses cases, men free after nearly 40 years: "Life is filled with small victories" - abcn.ws/1vwLtOd pic.twitter.com/kKLTbHd2ic

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Des Moines Struggling With Nitrates in Water

abcnews.go.com — Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months. The utility that...
Nov 21, 2014

RT @smcfetridge: From @davePitt AP: Des Moines struggling to clean nitrates from water blamed on farming, might sue state abcn.ws/1zKjVni via @ABC

Nov 21, 2014

From @davePitt AP: Des Moines struggling to clean nitrates from water blamed on farming, might sue state abcn.ws/1zKjVni via @ABC

Craigslist 'Irresponsible' Over Recalled Products Policy

abcnews.go.com — The chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Elliot Kaye, says the online ad site Craigslist is "morally irresponsible" for its failure to do what other sites do to block the sale of defective products under government recall.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @ABC2020: Craigslist Fires Back After Government Criticism Over Recalled Products: abcn.ws/1qFT6kf #ABC2020

Nov 21, 2014

RT @BrianRoss: UPDATE: Craigslist Fires Back After Government Criticism Over Recalled Products - abcn.ws/1qFT6kf - more tonight on @ABC2020

Nov 21, 2014

UPDATE: Craigslist Fires Back After Government Criticism Over Recalled Products - abcn.ws/1qFT6kf - more tonight on @ABC2020

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Florida State University Student's Books Saved His Life

abcnews.go.com — A student who was leaving the Florida State University library just as a shooter opened fire realized later that he had been the gunman's first target. Jason Derfuss, an FSU student, posted photos online the showed a bullet that went through his backpack and was stopped only by a couple of books that he had just checked out for a research project.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @ABC: Student says books in his backpack saved his life during FSU shooting: abcn.ws/1ufrld0 pic.twitter.com/t1al9BcXhy

Nov 20, 2014

RT @ABC: Student says books in his backpack saved his life during FSU shooting: abcn.ws/1ufrld0 pic.twitter.com/t1al9BcXhy

Nov 20, 2014

RT @ABC: Student says books in his backpack saved his life during FSU shooting: abcn.ws/1ufrld0 pic.twitter.com/t1al9BcXhy

Nov 20, 2014

RT @ABC: Student says books in his backpack saved his life during FSU shooting: abcn.ws/1ufrld0 pic.twitter.com/t1al9BcXhy

Nov 20, 2014

Good thing wasn't studying sports @ABC: Student says books saved his life during FSU shooting abcn.ws/1ufrld0 pic.twitter.com/6rfyPGaLO0

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