KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:11:26 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Graco Recalls 4.7M Strollers http://www.kristv.com/news/graco-recalls-4-7m-strollers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/graco-recalls-4-7m-strollers/ National News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 4:30:43 PM Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com Graco Recalls 4.7M Strollers

CORPUS CHRISTI - Graco is recalling about 4.7 million strollers in the U.S. The company says the folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child's finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

The eleven models being recalled are: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.

The company says the models included in the recall are all single-occupant strollers with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle. Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 are included in the recall.

So far, there have been 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputations, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation, and one finger laceration.

Consumers who have the recalled products should contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit.

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Main Elements of Obama's Actions on Immigration http://www.kristv.com/news/main-elements-of-obama-s-actions-on-immigration/ http://www.kristv.com/news/main-elements-of-obama-s-actions-on-immigration/ National News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 3:42:53 PM Main Elements of Obama's Actions on Immigration

The main presidential actions on immigration under President Barack Obama's plan, according to those briefed on it:

PARENTS

Protect from deportation and make eligible for work permits approximately 4.1 million people who are in the U.S. illegally but whose children are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, regardless of whether the children are minors. To be eligible, the parents would have to have lived in the U.S. for five years.

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CHILDREN

Expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Obama launched in 2012. It shields from deportation those minors who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Obama will extend the program to minors who arrived before 2010, instead of the current cutoff of 2007, and lift the requirement that applicants be under 31 to be eligible. Upward of 250,000 could be affected.

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PRIORITIZING DEPORTATIONS

Lower the deportation priority for parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the U.S. for less than five years, and for other immigrants who have been here illegally for more than 10 years. A new policy will emphasize deportation for recent arrivals and for criminals.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT

Replace the Secure Communities program, which hands over people booked for local crimes to federal immigration authorities. The new program will be called the "Priority Enforcement Program" and will set up different priority levels based on the conduct for which immigrants are detained.

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BORDER SECURITY

Commit more resources for enforcement efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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SALARIES

Increase salaries for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who will play a larger role in law enforcement, to bring them in line with other policing agencies like the FBI.

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BUSINESS PROGRAMS

Make other immigration changes sought by businesses, such as a parole-in-place program that could affect another several hundred thousand people.

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GREEN CARDS

Loosen eligibility requirements for a waiver program for people seeking green cards. People who entered the U.S. illegally must leave the country for as much as 10 years before getting in line for a green card unless they get a waiver.

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Official says FSU Gunman was Alumnus http://www.kristv.com/news/official-says-fsu-gunman-was-alumnus/ http://www.kristv.com/news/official-says-fsu-gunman-was-alumnus/ National News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 2:02:45 PM Associated Press Official says FSU Gunman was Alumnus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida State University alumnus and attorney shot three people at the school's library early Thursday before being killed by police, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The official said the shooter was Myron May, who also graduated from Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

The shooting happened about 12:30 a.m., with the sound of about half a dozen gunshots sending hundreds of students who had been up all night studying for exams scrambling for cover in the book aisles and barricading themselves in with desks amid screams from classmates.

"I ran for my life," said Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, who was on the library's first floor. "I ran right out the backdoor. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don't think about anything else, you just go."

One person is in critical condition and one is in good condition at a local hospital, while the third was released.

May's Facebook page shows he posted mostly Bible verses and links to conspiracy theories about the government reading people's minds.

Records show May was licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.

According to a Las Cruces, New Mexico, police report last month, May was a subject of a harassment complaint after a former girlfriend called to report he came to her home uninvited and claimed police were bugging his house and car. Danielle Nixon told police May recently developed "a severe mental disorder."

"Myron began to ramble and handed her a piece to a car and asked her to keep it because this was a camera that police had put in his vehicle," the report said.

The report also said May recently quit his job and was on medication.

No charges were filed.

Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster home in the Florida Panhandle, told AP that May was staying at a guest house she owns.

"He's just a boy our kids grew up with that we let stay in one of our guest houses for a while," she said. "He's moving back home from Texas and we were trying to help him get on his feet."

"We're just all astounded. We had no idea that he would do something like this," Taunton said. "Obviously, he was not in his right mind."

She said she had known him since he was about 13 or 14 and that he ran cross country with her kids and stayed at her house a lot. She said he lived with his grandmother after coming out of a "bad situation" with his parents.

"He was having some financial issues and moved back home and decided he'd come back to Florida to work," she said. "My heart's broken. In a million years I wouldn't have thought he'd do something like this. He was struggling, having decided that what he was doing out there was not good. He had some issues and just decided he'd come home."

Police and FSU officials called the shooting an "isolated incident," but have not released many details, including how far May made it into Strozier Library. FSU's campus is located less than a mile from downtown Tallahassee and the state Capitol.

"This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library," FSU Police Chief David Perry said.

The shooting prompted a campus alert that urged students to take shelter and stay away from doors and windows.

Sarah Evans, a senior from Miami, said she was inside the library and heard a male student say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood spreading on his pants leg.

Tallahassee and Florida State University police confronted the gunman just outside the library that sits in the middle of the campus and ordered him to drop his handgun, but he fired a shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.

Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of May, who was lying face down at the top of a ramp just outside the library. A baseball cap lay nearby.

FSU canceled classes Thursday but said they would resume Friday. The library was also to reopen Friday.

Florida State President John Thrasher was in New York City at the time of the shooting but has returned to campus.

Gov. Rick Scott had been in South Florida for a meeting with other Republican governors. He returned to Tallahassee where he met with Thrasher.

"The police investigation will answer many of the questions we are asking today, but just like any tragedy the ultimate question of why, we'll never have an answer that satisfies those who loved ones have been injured," Scott said.

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Associated Press writers Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, N.M., and Jeff McMurray in Chicago contributed to this report.

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FDA Approves New, Hard to Abuse Hydrocodone Pill http://www.kristv.com/news/fda-approves-new-hard-to-abuse-hydrocodone-pill/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fda-approves-new-hard-to-abuse-hydrocodone-pill/ National News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:19:31 PM Associated Press FDA Approves New, Hard to Abuse Hydrocodone Pill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators have approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma's Hysingla ER, for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. The once-a-day tablet is designed to resist attempts to crush it for snorting or injecting. Purdue Pharma's new drug poses a direct commercial challenge to Zogenix's much-debated drug Zohydro, a twice-a-day hydrocodone tablet approved by the FDA last year.

Doctors prescribe opioids for a range of ailments, from post-surgical pain to arthritis and migraines. Deaths linked to abuse of the medications have quadrupled since 1990 to nearly 17,000 annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Children Dead in New Jersey Home Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/children-dead-in-new-jersey-home-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/children-dead-in-new-jersey-home-shooting/ National News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:46:26 AM Associated Press Children Dead in New Jersey Home Shooting

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) - A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said Thursday.

State police received a report of multiple shootings in the home on Holly Park Drive after 9 a.m. Thursday, Trooper Alina Spies said.

Inside the home, troopers found a boy and a girl dead. The injured woman and boy were taken to Cooper Hospital, where they were in critical condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Lori Shaffer.

The names and ages of the dead and the wounded were not immediately available.

The shootings occurred sometime between the overnight and 9 a.m., State Police spokesman Capt. Stephen Jones said. All the victims were related and family members had called police, Jones said. They did not hear the shots, Jones added.

The spokesman said there was no "massive manhunt" for a suspect and the public should not be alarmed.

The Burlington County community is located in the sparsely populated New Jersey Pinelands, about 30 miles east of Philadelphia.

Neighbors said they didn't know the residents in the house and didn't hear any commotion Thursday morning until troopers arrived and helicopters began hovering overhead.

It's very quiet, peaceful. You can hear a pin drop," said Mike Watson, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years.

The street is blocked by police tape.

No other information was immediately available.

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Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia, Shawn Marsh in Trenton, New Jersey, and Judith Ausuebel in New York City contributed to this report.

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3 Injured, 1 Gunman Killed in School Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/3-injured-1-gunman-killed-in-school-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/3-injured-1-gunman-killed-in-school-shooting/ National News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 3:24:08 AM 3 Injured, 1 Gunman Killed in School Shooting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library early Thursday in a shooting that left three others wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover in panic.

Officers confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop his weapon, but he fired one shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.

It was not immediately known if the wounded were shot by the suspected gunman.

Northway said authorities did not believe there were any other threats related to the incident. The lockdown was later lifted and the school said on its verified Twitter account that the area was secure.

Strozier Library, a multistory building at the center of the Tallahassee campus, remained roped off with police tape hours after the shooting.

John Ehab, a sophomore from Tampa, said he was on the library's third floor when he heard multiple gunshots.

"Everyone heard them," he said. "People took cover in the book aisles to hide from the gunman in case he came onto the floor," Ehab said.

Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, said she was on the library's first floor when said she heard a loud noise and then there was a lot of commotion. She said people were screaming about a gunman and chairs started flipping over.

"You never think something like this is going to happen to you until you have to react in that situation when someone is screaming there is a gun in the building. I ran for my life," she said. "I ran right out the backdoor. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don't think about anything else, you just go."

Freshman Nikolai Hernandez said he was in his dorm room across from the library when he heard five or six rapid gunshots.

"It was a consecutive bop, bop, bop, bop, bop," Hernandez said. "It makes me definitely a little bit nervous. I was supposed to be in the library. I had a paper to do and I got a little bit lazy and decided not to do it."

He said he has friends still locked inside the library two hours after the shooting.

A campus telephone alert urged people to take shelter in a nearby building and stay away from doors and windows.

Florida State President John Thrasher, who took office earlier this month, said by phone that he was in New York City and had no first-hand information. He said he was making arrangements to hurry back to Tallahassee.

University officials said classes would still be held Thursday but that students who were in the library would not be required to attend.

In a sign campus life was returning to a semblance of normalcy, workers at a doughnut shop near the library had begun cooking doughnuts for the morning rush, the smell wafting over the scene.

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Associated Press writer Jeff McMurray in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Obama to Announce Immigration Order on Thursday http://www.kristv.com/news/obama-to-announce-immigration-order-on-thursday/ http://www.kristv.com/news/obama-to-announce-immigration-order-on-thursday/ National News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 1:06:31 PM Obama to Announce Immigration Order on Thursday

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally already are flooding attorneys' offices with calls to see if they can qualify under President Barack Obama's yet-to-be-announced plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Obama said he'll reveal the long-awaited order on Thursday. Alex Galvez, an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, said he's going to need to add phone lines to keep up with the demand. Orange County, California-based immigration lawyer Annaluisa Padilla said she's getting twice as many calls as usual since buzz intensified over the plan, which would also grant the immigrants work permits.

"It's like the golden ticket," she said. "Everybody who is calling my office is asking how can I get a work permit under Obama's program? I am like, there is no Obama program yet."

Obama is expected to take executive action to protect many of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally from deportation after Congress failed to pass an immigration overhaul. Republicans are vehemently opposed to the president's likely actions, with some conservative members threatening to pursue a government shutdown if he follows through on his promises to act on immigration before the end of the year.

While Obama has yet to reveal the details of his administrative order, immigrant advocates are gearing up to help millions determine if they are eligible to apply and steer them clear of fraudulent consultants and so-called notarios, who have been known to take immigrants' money and promise to deliver even when they don't qualify for benefits.

Immigrant advocacy groups in Southern California are planning workshops to inform community members about the order, including a 12,000-person forum at the Los Angeles Convention Center in mid-December, said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center is planning a to start a text messaging system targeting immigrants across the state, especially those in rural areas where legal services might not be easily accessible. Immigrant advocates in Florida are planning the same, and will also start a hotline in English and Spanish to keep community members informed.

In New York, immigration lawyers and nonprofits are preparing to hold clinics to help screen immigrants for the program.

Mayra Gallegos, a 33-year-old mother of two and trained nurse, is pinning her hopes on Obama's plan. She came from Mexico a decade ago to join her husband, who has since gotten a green card. Her younger son was born here, and is an American. But she and her elder son have not been able to get their papers.

"What Obama is going to do, if he does it, would really help me and my son," said Gallegos, who hopes to find a job as a nurse should she receive a work permit. "We're always watching to see if there's any news."

But some advocates warned immigrants not to get their hopes up yet - especially with lawmakers threatening to thwart Obama's plan.

"What I am telling my families to do is be prepared for war. We're going to see a legislative arm do whatever they can to stop the president," said Jessica Dominguez, an immigration attorney in Southern California. "I am not going to let my community be saddened again by words. We need action."

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Associated Press Writers Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami, Florida contributed to this report.

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Model Janice Dickinson Accuses Cosby of Sexual Assault http://www.kristv.com/news/model-janice-dickinson-accuses-cosby-of-sexual-assault/ http://www.kristv.com/news/model-janice-dickinson-accuses-cosby-of-sexual-assault/ National News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 4:57:29 AM Model Janice Dickinson Accuses Cosby of Sexual Assault

NEW YORK (AP) - Model and TV host Janice Dickinson is adding her name to the women who have accused comic Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

In an "Entertainment Tonight" interview that aired Tuesday, Dickinson said that the 1982 incident occurred in Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing.

Dickinson told "Entertainment Tonight" that she wrote about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but that Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details. She said her new account is a "true story."

The 77-year-old Cosby, who was never criminally charged in any case, settled a civil suit in 2006 with another woman who claimed she was assaulted.

Cosby, who has remained silent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His lawyer has called the renewed accusations "discredited."

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Senate Fails to Pass Keystone XL Pipeline Bill http://www.kristv.com/news/senate-fails-to-pass-keystone-xl-pipeline-bill/ http://www.kristv.com/news/senate-fails-to-pass-keystone-xl-pipeline-bill/ National News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:58:44 PM Associated Press Senate Fails to Pass Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night aimed at forcing completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue swiftly after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

The 59-41 Senate vote was one shy short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure. The outcome marked a severe blow to embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who had seized control of the chamber's agenda in hopes of securing approval of the project and boosting her chances in an uphill Dec. 6 runoff election in her energy-rich state.

All 45 Senate Republicans supported the legislation to build the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. Only 14 of 55 Democrats and allied independents joined them, a total that didn't budge despite an appeal delivered by the Louisiana Democrat behind closed doors a few hours before the vote.

The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled by the Democrats. It is expected to complete its work by mid-December.

But Republicans said a pipeline replay with the potential to spark a veto confrontation with President Barack Obama would be coming - and soon.

"I wish the Senate would have followed the lead of Congressman Cassidy and his House colleagues in approving Keystone years ago. It's just common sense," Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said in advance of the vote. With no passage Tuesday night, "a new majority will be taking this matter up and sending it to the president" in the new year, McConnell said.

Rep. Bill Cassidy is Landrieu's opponent in the runoff election. He was the lead sponsor of an identical bill that cleared the House last week.

While Obama opposes the measure, likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has repeatedly refused to take a position. Most recently, her spokesman did not respond to two requests over the weekend to do so.

Among Senate Democrats, 14 had publicly announced their support for the bill in the hours before the vote, but several whom Landrieu had hoped would provide the critical 60th vote needed for passage failed to step forward. Among retiring lawmakers. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Tom Harkin of Iowa all said in advance they would oppose the bill.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who opened the door on Monday to becoming the 60th vote, slammed it shut a few hours later.

Several Democrats said the issue was discussed at some length at a weekly closed-door meeting of the party's senators. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a supporter of the bill, said Landrieu pointed out that "this vote is going to happen, whether it happens now or it happens in January, same outcome, so why not do it now? She brought it to a head."

The project would move oil from Canada into the United States and eventually to the Gulf Coast. Supporters say it would create jobs and ease American dependence on Middle East oil. A government environmental impact statement also predicts that a pipeline would result in less damage to the climate than moving the same oil by rail.

Critics argue that the drilling itself is environmentally harmful, and said much of the Canadian crude would be exported with little or no impact on America's drive for energy stability.

At the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest said the measure is something "the president doesn't support because the president believes that this is something that should be determined through the State Department and the regular process that is in place to evaluate projects like this."

Trailing in polls before the runoff and heavily outspent in the television ad wars, she has seized control of the Senate's agenda in recent days at the same time she pursues her campaign.

On the home front, Landrieu's campaign announced during the day that musician Stevie Wonder would perform at a fundraiser on her behalf.

In the Senate, she has repeatedly cast herself as an independent lawmaker willing to stand up to Democratic leaders as well as the White House.

Even strong Democratic opponents of the legislation credited Landrieu with making the effort to score a major victory for her oil-rich home state. "Let the record be clear forever that this debate would not be before this body if not for Sen. Landrieu's insistence," said Sen. Barbara Boxer of California.

That was as far as it went, though. Boxer strongly opposed the project in remarks on the floor.

In political terms, Republicans looked like they were in a win-win position, assured of dividing Democrats no matter the outcome, and in a position to force Obama to veto the legislation in the new year if it comes to that.

The proposed pipeline would run 1,179 miles from the Canadian tar sands to Gulf coast refineries. It has been at the center of a struggle since Calgary-based TransCanada proposed it in 2008. The most recent delay was caused by a lawsuit filed in Nebraska over its proposed route.

The delays have caused friction between the U.S. and Canada, which is interested in exporting its growing oil sands production.

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National Guard Prepares for more Ferguson Unrest http://www.kristv.com/news/national-guard-prepares-for-more-ferguson-unrest/ http://www.kristv.com/news/national-guard-prepares-for-more-ferguson-unrest/ National News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:03:47 AM National Guard Prepares for more Ferguson Unrest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Missouri's governor has again activated the National Guard in an effort to avoid more unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Unlike in August, when Gov. Jay Nixon asked the troops to help provide security after protests turned occasionally violent, his latest move is pre-emptive. It comes ahead of any decision on whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, will be indicted for the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old.

There also are some operational differences this time. When Nixon last declared a state of emergency, he put the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of a unified local police command and later activated the National Guard to provide security around the command center.

This time, Nixon said the St. Louis County Police Department would be in charge of security in Ferguson and would work with the Highway Patrol and St. Louis city police as part of a unified command to "protect civil rights and ensure public safety" in other jurisdictions.

"My hope and expectation is that peace will prevail," Nixon said Monday. "But we have a responsibility - I have a responsibility - to plan for any contingencies that might arise."

There is no specific date for a grand jury decision to be revealed, and Nixon gave no indication that an announcement is imminent. But St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said that he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid-to-late November.

The U.S. Justice Department, which is conducting a separate investigation, has not said when its work will be completed. It's looking into potential civil rights violations in Wilson's actions and the police department's overall practices, including whether officers used excessive force and engaged in discriminatory practices.

The governor did not indicate how many National Guard troops would be mobilized, instead leaving it to the state adjutant general to determine. Nixon said the National Guard would be available to carry out any requests made through the Highway Patrol to "protect life and property" and support local authorities. If the Guard is able to provide security at police and fire stations, then more police officers may be freed up to patrol the community, Nixon said.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Monday that he supports Nixon's decision to activate the Guard. He said the Guard "will be used in a secondary role" and could potentially be stationed at places such as shopping centers and government buildings.

"The way we view this, the Guard is not going to be confronting the protesters and will not be on (the) front line interacting directly with demonstrators," Slay said.

On the day of the shooting, Wilson had spotted Brown and a friend walking in the middle of a street and told them to move to the side, but they did not. According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report based on sources the newspaper did not identify, Wilson has told authorities he then realized Brown matched the description of a suspect in a theft minutes earlier at a convenience store. Wilson backed up his police vehicle and some sort of confrontation occurred before Brown was fatally shot. He was unarmed and some witnesses have said he had his hands up when he was killed.

Brown's shooting stirred long-simmering racial tensions in Ferguson, where two-thirds of the residents are black but the police force is almost entirely white. Rioting and looting a day after the shooting led police to respond to subsequent protests with a heavily armored presence that was widely criticized for continuing to escalate tensions. At times, protesters lobbed rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, who fired tear gas, smoke canisters and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse crowds.

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Associated Press writer Summer Ballentine contributed to this report.

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California City to Vote on Climate Change Labels at Pumps http://www.kristv.com/news/california-city-to-vote-on-climate-change-labels-at-pumps/ http://www.kristv.com/news/california-city-to-vote-on-climate-change-labels-at-pumps/ National News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:01:21 AM Associated Press California City to Vote on Climate Change Labels at Pumps

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley will decide whether to slap stickers on gas pumps warning that burning fuel contributes to global warming in a plan that's a first of its kind in the country.

The Berkeley City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to move forward with the proposal to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps citywide. San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that officials could vote on by next spring.

A spokeswoman for the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil-industry lobbying group, has said the labels reflect the state's and Berkeley's opinions and would force "unwanted speech in violation of the First Amendment."

The labels are part of a voter-approved city plan to reduce emissions by 33 percent between 2000 and 2020.

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Adrian Peterson Suspended Without Pay http://www.kristv.com/news/adrian-peterson-suspended-without-pay/ http://www.kristv.com/news/adrian-peterson-suspended-without-pay/ National News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 8:30:00 AM Adrian Peterson Suspended Without Pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season.

The league said Tuesday it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.

The NFL Players Association quickly announced its plan to appeal the punishment.

Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son he was disciplining. He had been on paid leave from the team since Sept. 17.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Aug. 28 an enhanced crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.

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Plane Crashes into Home http://www.kristv.com/news/plane-crashes-into-home/ http://www.kristv.com/news/plane-crashes-into-home/ National News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:47:35 AM Plane Crashes into Home

CHICAGO (NBC CHICAGO) - Two homeowners were safe but the pilot of a small plane was unaccounted for Tuesday morning after the aircraft went down into a home on Chicago's Southwest Side.

The small cargo plane, an Aero Commander 500, had just departed from Midway en route to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling when the pilot reported engine problems and tried to return to Midway, according to FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey.

It crashed about a quarter-mile from its departing runway at 2:42 a.m., into a house near West 65th Street and South Knox Avenue.

The plane crashed through the front of the building, through the living and dining rooms and into the basement, fire officials said. Part of the plane was resting on the roof of a home to the south of the damaged home.

The man and woman who lived in the home were not injured, authorities said.

Two homes near the site of the crash were evacuated for precaution.

Jocelyn Mejia, 24, who lives down the block from the crash, said she went outside to see what happened after hearing the sound of a plane and then a loud boom.

Investigators from the FAA and the NTSB will investigate the crash, Corey said.

The plane, with a tail number of N30MB, was registered to Central Airlines Inc. out of Fairway, Kansas.

A dispatcher with the company said "we are cooperating with the investigation into the Chicago plane crash."

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Navy Secretary Racks Up $4.7 Million in Travel http://www.kristv.com/news/navy-secretary-racks-up-4-7-million-in-travel/ http://www.kristv.com/news/navy-secretary-racks-up-4-7-million-in-travel/ National News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:46:11 AM Navy Secretary Racks Up $4.7 Million in Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost the taxpayer more than $4.7 million.

Ray Mabus, the former Mississippi governor, has taken at least 40 trips outside the U.S as of July 2014, meeting officials and visiting sailors and Marines in more than 100 countries - travel he said is critical to his job in furthering U.S. and Navy interests abroad.

The inspector general investigated after receiving a complaint about his travel and cleared him of any wrongdoing, Mabus said, but his 373 days on the road contrast with those of Army Secretary John McHugh, who took fewer than half the trips at less than half the cost over the same time period.

According to data obtained and compiled by The Associated Press, Mabus' flights cost $4.6 million for fuel, maintenance and crew. Mabus also spent about $116,000 on hotels, meals and other costs. The Army leader's trips totaled 126 days and cost about $2 million for the flights. He spent under $33,000 for hotels, meals and other personal expenses on his 18 trips.

Mabus' entourage includes a security officer, military assistant, policy advisers and a public affairs officer - about seven people in all. Their per diem travel costs would approximate Mabus' and could add as much as $700,000 to the total costs of the travel. McHugh travels with up to 10 staff, so the per diem expenses could total more than $300,000.

The travel costs come amid deep budget cuts across the Defense Department, including widespread efforts to slash headquarters spending, downsize the Army and Marine Corps, and cut back on acquisition programs, training and other costs.

Those cuts, said Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, make it "even more important that senior leaders scrutinize their travel and make sure that the travel they're doing is essential."

Mabus is so proud of his travel he even has a mileage ticker on his Navy website, showing he has traveled 932,129 miles as of this week. Of the 325,000 sailors and nearly 190,000 Marines, as many as 100,000 are serving in nearly 100 countries around the world. And, he said, negotiating issues such as basing ships in Rota, Spain, is more effective face to face.

"You could do that in a phone call, I guess. You could send them a note," he said. "I don't think they take it nearly as seriously if you're not sitting across the table from them."

He noted that a female sailor on a stop in Hawaii complained to him that she felt she had no future as a nuclear officer because women couldn't serve on nuclear submarines. That conversation, said Mabus, led to his finalizing plans to allow women to serve on the subs.

"I think the return on investment for my travel has been phenomenal," Mabus told the AP. "In terms of the progress we've made with countries like Singapore, Spain, Gabon, Palau, Japan - in terms of advancing America's interests, in terms of advancing Navy interests, in terms of the work that we do together and the benefits that come from that - I think the return on investment has been huge."

Secretary McHugh oversees an Army of more than 508,000 active-duty soldiers, including more than 130,000 in over 150 countries.

He said he tries to go where large concentrations of soldiers are as well as countries where there are national security issues.

"I think a lot about the balance between the responsibilities of being here and the requirement to get out," McHugh said. "If someone were to ask me, have you traveled too little or too much - I'd say too little. I don't think you can ever be briefed in the Pentagon in a way that provides you an accurate perspective the way you can just seeing it on the ground for 10 minutes."

In May, McHugh stopped in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania after a company of soldiers participated in military exercises last spring. He said he'd planned to visit only one of those countries, but the State Department advised him to visit all three.

According to data provided by the Army, McHugh has traveled to 29 countries, including seven visits to Germany, a frequent refueling and crew rest stop. He's been to Afghanistan four times and Iraq three times and he's made three visits to South Korea, where the Army has had a permanent presence since the Korean war.

Mabus had visited 107 countries as of July, including stops at major Navy homeports such as Singapore, Bahrain, Italy and Japan, as well as Africa, where piracy and terrorism have been persistent problems. He's also traveled to Greenland, Iceland and Norway - including a snowmobile safari on the tiny island of Svalbard.

The Arctic has become a key national security issue, as melting ice caps are opening up sea lanes and spurring competition for oil and gas deposits. The Navy is developing plans to increase communications, harden ships and negotiate international agreements so nations can better track traffic in the Arctic.

Mabus' most frequent destination - 12 stops - was Afghanistan, where thousands of Marines have served. But Spain is also a favorite with nine visits, including five times between May 2013 and June 2014. He said he was in Spain so often because of plans to base four U.S. naval destroyers there as part of the new anti-missile shield. Mabus was there when the first ship arrived in February, was the U.S. representative for a funeral there in March, then was back again in June.

But he has also traveled to a number of tiny islands like Kiribati, Sao Tome, Palau, Micronesia and Tonga, as well as landlocked countries where there is little Navy or Marine presence. Lined up along his Pentagon windows are six large glass jars filled with sand he's collected from World War II battlefields he's visited.

Mabus' trips also provide fodder for a series of photography books he has self-published. The books sell for up to $220 each, according to the website. But Mabus said he hasn't earned any money from the books since becoming secretary. He said many photographs were taken prior to his Pentagon job, while others were taken during his Navy travels. In a statement, his staff said the photography doesn't interfere with his official duties.

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Missouri Governor Activates National Guard Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision http://www.kristv.com/news/missouri-governor-activates-national-guard-ahead-of-ferguson-grand-jury-decision/ http://www.kristv.com/news/missouri-governor-activates-national-guard-ahead-of-ferguson-grand-jury-decision/ National News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 4:01:28 PM Associated Press Missouri Governor Activates National Guard Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Nixon said the National Guard would assist state and local police in case the grand jury's decision leads to a resurgence of the civil unrest that occurred in the days immediately after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

"All people in the St. Louis region deserve to feel safe in their communities and to make their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation," Nixon said in a written statement.

There is no specific date for a grand jury decision to be revealed, and Nixon gave no indication that an announcement is imminent. But St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said that he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid-to-late November.

The U.S. Justice Department, which is conducting a separate investigation, has not said when its work will be completed.

Before the shooting, Wilson spotted Brown and a friend walking in the middle of a street and told them to stop, but they did not. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wilson has told authorities he then realized Brown matched the description of a suspect in a theft minutes earlier at a convenience store. Wilson backed up his police vehicle and some sort of confrontation occurred before Brown was fatally shot. He was unarmed and some witnesses have said he had his hands up when he was killed.

Brown's shooting stirred long-simmering racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb, where two-thirds of the residents are black but the police force is almost entirely white. Rioting and looting a day after the shooting led police to respond to subsequent protests with a heavily armored presence that was widely criticized for continuing to escalate tensions. At times, protesters lobbed rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, who fired tear gas, smoke canisters and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse crowds.

Nixon also declared a state of emergency in August and put the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of a unified local police command. Eventually, Nixon activated the National Guard to provide security around the command center.

This time, Nixon said the St. Louis County Police Department would be in charge of a unified police command in Ferguson. The St. Louis city police and Missouri State Highway Patrol will help.

The governor did not indicate how many National Guard troops would be mobilized, instead leaving it to the state adjutant general to determine. Nixon said the National Guard would be available to carry out any requests made through the Highway Patrol to "protect life and property" and support local authorities. If the Guard is able to provide security at police and fire stations, then more police officers may be freed up to patrol the community, Nixon said.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Monday that he supports Nixon's decision to activate the Guard. He said the Guard "will be used in a secondary role" and could potentially be stationed at places such as shopping centers and government buildings.

"The way we view this, the Guard is not going to be confronting the protesters and will not be on (the) front line interacting directly with demonstrators," Slay said.

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American Aid Worker Murdered by ISIS http://www.kristv.com/news/american-aid-worker-murdered-by-isis/ http://www.kristv.com/news/american-aid-worker-murdered-by-isis/ National News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:41:46 PM American Aid Worker Murdered by ISIS

PARIS (AP) - A 22-year-old French convert to radical Islam appears in a propaganda video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, a Paris prosecutor said Monday.

Prosecutor Francois Molins identified the man as Maxime Hauchard, one of at least three young Europeans believed among the cold-eyed fighters on the video as the extremist Islamic State group tries to portray itself as an international movement.

Molins said Hauchard has been on the radar of French authorities since he left for Syria in 2013 and another Frenchman could also be among the fighters in the video but it was too early to tell.

President Barack Obama confirmed the slaying of American aid worker Peter Kassig after a U.S. review of the video, which also showed the mass beheadings of more than a dozen Syrian soldiers.

The overwhelming majority of Islamic State fighters are from the Mideast, but the extremist group is trying to cement its claim on an Islamic empire straddling Iraq and Syria. Europe appears to be a fertile ground to find Islamic State supporters, with officials saying thousands of young Europeans have headed off to jihad.

The latest video lingered on the faces of Frenchman Maxime Hauchard and other knife-wielding extremists lined up behind their kneeling victims. Some had distinctly Asian features, while another whose face was hooded had the familiar London accent of the jihadi who also appeared in beheading videos with American hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and with British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning. There were also indications that a Welsh medical student may be the man standing next to Hauchard.

"It's quite transparent that IS is trying to exaggerate its base of support," said Charlie Winter, a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation in London. "They are trying to show that Muslims from all over the world are protecting their Syrian brethren and their Iraqi brethren."

European officials are trying just as furiously to counter that message.

"I call solemnly and seriously on all our citizens, and notably our young people who are the primary target of the terrorist propaganda, to open your eyes to the terrible reality of the actions of Daesh," said French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. "These are criminals that are building a system of barbarity."

Hauchard, who is around 22 and from west of Paris, gave an interview to France's BFM television in July, telling the network he had helped capture Mosul, the Iraqi city whose fall eventually prompted the United States to resume military operations in Iraq.

One father from Wales, Ahmed Muthana, said he thinks he saw his son, 20-year-old Nasser Muthana, in the latest video, and a British researcher confirmed the likeness of the jihadi with the Cardiff medical student.

"It resembles him. I was shown a picture of the video. I cannot confirm it is him, but I think it might be," Ahmed Muthana told Britain's Press Association.

Obama denounced the extremist group, which he said "revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction."

The 26-year-old Kassig, who founded an aid group to help Syrians caught up in their country's brutal civil war, "was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity," Obama said in a statement.

"(Our son) lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering," the slain hostage's parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, said in a statement.

With Kassig's death, the Islamic State group has killed five Westerners it was holding. Unlike previous videos of slain Western hostages, the footage released Sunday did not show the decapitation of Kassig, the moments leading up to his death or threaten to kill any other Western hostages.

The footage released Sunday identified the militants' location as Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that the Islamic State group uses as the title of its English-language propaganda magazine and where they believe an apocalyptic battle between Muslims and their enemies will occur.

The high-definition video also showed the beheadings of about a dozen men identified as Syrian military officers and pilots, all dressed in blue jumpsuits. The black-clad militant warns that U.S. soldiers will meet a similar fate.

"We say to you, Obama: You claim to have withdrawn from Iraq four years ago," the militant said. "Here you are: You have not withdrawn. Rather, you hid some of your forces behind your proxies."

A U.S.-led coalition is targeting the Islamic State group in airstrikes in northern Syria, supporting Western-backed Syrian rebels, Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi military. The U.S. announced that 31 airstrikes had been carried out from Nov. 14-17 against Islamic State group targets.

Kassig, who served in the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, a special operations unit, deployed to Iraq in 2007. After being medically discharged, he returned to the Middle East in 2012 and formed a relief group, Special Emergency Response and Assistance, to aid Syrian refugees.

The terror group still holds other captives, including British photojournalist John Cantlie, who has appeared in several videos delivering statements for the IS, likely under duress, and a 26-year-old American woman captured last year in Syria while working for aid groups. U.S. officials have asked that the woman not be identified out of fears for her safety.

The group's militants have beheaded and shot dead hundreds of captives, mostly Syrian and Iraqi soldiers, during its sweep across the two countries, and has celebrated its mass killings in extremely graphic videos.

The Islamic State group has declared a self-styled Islamic caliphate in areas under its control, which it governs according to its violent interpretation of Shariah law, including massacring rebellious tribes and selling women and children of religious minorities into slavery.

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Associated Press writers Gregory Katz in London, Diaa Hadid in Beirut, Julie Pace in Brisbane, Australia, David Aguilar in Detroit, Jon Gambrell in Cairo, Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Josh Lederman aboard Air Force One contributed to this report.

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Wind Firm Sues to Block Release of Bird-Death Data http://www.kristv.com/news/wind-firm-sues-to-block-release-of-bird-death-data/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wind-firm-sues-to-block-release-of-bird-death-data/ National News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:21:47 PM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The government concluded that the industry's concerns were "insufficiently convincing" to keep the files secret.

The information the AP sought was part of its larger investigation into bird and eagle deaths at wind farms and the administration's reluctance to prosecute the cases as it advocated the pollution-free energy source. The AP asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for data collected under federal permits given to companies to collect the carcasses of protected bird species, including eagles and migratory birds, found dead at their facilities.

Using documents, emails and interviews with former wildlife officials, the AP in articles published last year documented more than four dozen eagle deaths in Wyoming since 2009, and dozens more in California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Corporate surveys submitted to the federal government and obtained by AP showed at least 20 eagles found dead in recent years on Pacificorp wind farms in Wyoming.

The wind energy industry has said more birds are killed by poisoning and collisions with cars, buildings and electrical wires.

Wind energy companies objected to the AP's efforts to uncover more information about the numbers of bird deaths. The companies said the information was confidential, submitted voluntarily and should not be revealed under the government's open records law.

Last month, the government informed Pacificorp and other companies that within days it intended to release some information to the AP. It said the harm the companies cited from the information's release was "too general" and "insufficiently convincing" to prevent its release.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 17, said the disclosure will cause "irreparable harm" to Pacificorp, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. In the complaint, the company said withholding the information is in the public's interest because it will ensure "open communication" between such companies and the government.

A Pacificorp lawyer told the AP the company does not comment about pending litigation.

Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet's wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.

 


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Hunter Shoots at Dead Deer on Cart, Hits Other Man http://www.kristv.com/news/hunter-shoots-at-dead-deer-on-cart-hits-other-man/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hunter-shoots-at-dead-deer-on-cart-hits-other-man/ National News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:06:29 PM Hunter Shoots at Dead Deer on Cart, Hits Other Man

EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man who had shot a deer in the Hudson Valley woods was hauling it away on a cart when he was wounded by second hunter firing at the dead animal.

Police in Dutchess County tell the Poughkeepsie Journal that a hunter had shot a deer Saturday morning and was using a cart to bring it out of a wooded area 60 miles north of New York City.

Officers say another hunter saw the deer moving, thought it was alive and fired, hitting the first hunter in the hand and buttocks.

The injured hunter was treated at a hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police say both men are from nearby towns.

The incident is being investigated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation police.

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Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes in $34.6B deal http://www.kristv.com/news/halliburton-buying-baker-hughes-in-34-6b-deal/ http://www.kristv.com/news/halliburton-buying-baker-hughes-in-34-6b-deal/ National News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 9:30:54 AM Associated Press Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes in $34.6B deal

NEW YORK (AP) - In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes for cash and stock worth $34.6 billion.

Global oil prices have tumbled 31 percent over the past 5 months to levels not seen in four years. That has forced the industry cut costs by delaying or scaling back drilling - which means less work for Halliburton and Baker Hughes, companies that manage oil and gas fields for energy companies.

Even when prices were high, oil and gas companies had begun to slow capital spending and new drilling as rising costs cut into profit margins. Energy companies now have even less to spend.

Halliburton Chairman and CEO Dave Lesar said Monday that the combined company will be able to reduce costs by $2 billion a year.

The oil plunge also lowered the price tag on Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes shares slumped 32 percent - from $75 to $51 - between late June and Thursday, when the companies said a deal was being discussed. The drop reduced Baker Hughes' market capitalization by $10.4 billion.

Halliburton will pay $78.62 per Baker Hughes Inc. share. Baker Hughes shareholders will receive 1.12 Halliburton shares plus $19 in cash for each share they own.

Baker Hughes shares were up 11 percent Monday morning to $66.27. Shares of Halliburton fell more 9 percent to $50.18.

When the transaction is complete, Baker Hughes stockholders will own approximately 36 percent of the combined company.

More energy deals may be in the works as companies with stronger balance sheets buy those that have seen their value drop precipitously.

In a recent conference call with investors, ExxonMobil hinted that it may be a good time to use its considerable cash position to buy undervalued assets.

Kurt Hallead, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, says conglomerates General Electric and Siemens, which have been beefing up their oil and gas services divisions, could look to expand further now that potential targets have gotten cheaper.

The Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal comes just days after talks between the two had stalled. Baker Hughes said Friday that Halliburton refused to raise its first and only offer and Halliburton was preparing to attempt a hostile takeover.

The combined company would generate slightly larger revenue than Schlumberger Ltd., now the world's biggest oil services company.

"The combined entity would not have the breadth or depth of Schlumberger," wrote Judson Bailey, an analyst at Wells Fargo in a research report before the deal was agreed to. But, "we do believe (Halliburton-Baker Hughes) creates a more formidable number two competitor in several areas."

While Halliburton operates in 80 countries, industry analysts say it didn't have the global scale to compete with its larger rival, Schlumberger.

Halliburton and Baker Hughes have both benefited from a boom in U.S. drilling, which they helped fuel through the development of technology used extract oil and gas from shale, deep offshore, and other tricky geologic formations.

Halliburton is a leader in hydraulic fracturing services, a method used to create cracks in oil and gas-bearing rock that allows the hydrocarbons to flow to the surface.

Baker Hughes has developed some key technology that would help Halliburton expand its offerings in U.S. shale plays. Baker Hughes created drill bits that can change direction underground, allowing drillers to stay in the most productive sections of rock. Baker Hughes also has developed sensors that allow drillers to understand what kind of rock they are encountering underground, and chemicals to help make the oil and gas flow more easily out of the well.

Halliburton will also gain access to Baker Hughes technology that can extract oil from older oil fields. These fields no longer have enough subterranean pressure to push oil to the surface, so drillers must force it out using a process known broadly as "artificial lift."

The boards of both Houston companies approved the deal unanimously and it is expected to close in the second half of 2015. Shareholders and regulators must still sign off on the tie-up.

Halliburton said that it is willing to divest businesses that generate up to $7.5 billion in revenue, if required by regulators, but the company believes it will have to sell significantly less. Halliburton has also agreed to pay a termination fee of $3.5 billion if the deal falls through.

Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey .

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French Tourist Scales Brooklyn Bridge http://www.kristv.com/news/french-tourist-scales-brooklyn-bridge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/french-tourist-scales-brooklyn-bridge/ National News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 4:55:03 AM French Tourist Scales Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say a French tourist was taken into custody after climbing the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos.

Police say 23-year-old Yonathan Souid of Esnandes, France, climbed over a fence on the pedestrian walkway just after noon Sunday to reach a cable beam connected to the tower on the Manhattan side of the famed span connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.

He has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.

The daredevil feat comes seven months after two German artists scaled both towers of the Brooklyn Bridge and switched the American flags atop them for white flags.

In August, a Russian tourist was arrested after ascending a cable to the top of one of the towers.

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