New Year’s Eve revelers pack NYC’s Times Square under tight security

People with 2016 glasses look up as they stand in a penned off area of Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations in ManhattanMore than a million people were expected to crowd into New York City's Times Square under heavy security on Thursday to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with the traditional dropping of the New Year's Eve crystal ball. With memories of the deadly attacks in Paris and California still fresh, police took extraordinary measures to ensure security at an event that has come to define the New York experience for many visitors to the largest U.S. city. "This is the center of the world on New Year's Eve," said Rick Milley, 60, who traveled from Boston with his wife, Debbie, 59, to ring in the new year in Times Square.


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Floods swamp Missouri, Illinois; nine million people in risk areas

The Mississippi River flowing at 800,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) measured by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in St. Louis, MissouriRecord flooding from rain-swollen rivers has washed out hundreds of structures in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, forcing thousands to flee their homes, and 9.3 million Americans still face flood warnings. At least 28 people have died in the U.S. Midwest's extreme weather since the weekend, mostly from driving into flooded areas after storms dropped up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain, officials said. The days of downpours have pushed the mighty Mississippi and its tributaries to record highs or levels not seen in decades, the National Weather Service and local officials said.


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Chicago prosecutor asks for FBI help on police shootings

Protesters demonstrate at City Hall in ChicagoChicago's top prosecutor on Thursday said she asked the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to help probe the fatal police shootings of two black residents over the weekend, as protesters renewed calls for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The unusual step ramps up pressure on the Chicago Police Department, which is already the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights investigation over its use of deadly force, especially against minorities. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said on Thursday she wants help investigating the shootings of Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five, and Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year old college student, by a single Chicago police officer.


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Chicago prosecutor asks for FBI help on police shootings

People attend a vigil in honor of Bettie Jones, a mother of five, and college student Quintonio LeGrier, at Gwndolyn Brooks in ChicagoChicago's top prosecutor on Thursday said she asked the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to help probe the fatal police shootings of two black residents over the weekend, as protesters renewed calls for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The unusual step ramps up pressure on the Chicago Police Department, which is already the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights investigation over its use of deadly force, especially against minorities. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said on Thursday she wants help investigating the shootings of Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five, and Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year old college student, by a single Chicago police officer.


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Oregon court reinstates patrolman who shot to death unarmed black man

The Portland police must reinstate a white officer who was fired in 2010 after he fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back, an Oregon state appeals court has ruled, officials said on Thursday. Portland Police Bureau officer Ron Frashour was fired for shooting 25-year-old Aaron Campbell after the suspect's girlfriend had called police to her apartment over concerns that he was suicidal. The Oregon Court of Appeals sided with a labor dispute arbitrator in ruling on Wednesday that the city must rehire Frashour.
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Return of Texas ‘affluenza’ teen delayed, mother jailed in U.S.

U.S. national Ethan Couch is pictured in this undated handout photographLOS ANGELES/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Texas teenager derided for a claim of "affluenza" as a defense for a deadly drunken-driving crash won a delay of weeks for a return to Texas from Mexico, while his mother was in a Los Angeles jail on Thursday after being deported. A court in Mexico granted fugitive 18-year-old Ethan Couch a stay against his deportation following his illegal entry into the country, delaying his return by weeks or months, a Mexican migration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Ethan and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, entered the country by land earlier this month, according to Mexican officials, though it was unclear where.


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