WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.
Protest marches sprang up in cities across the United States, as a huge security operation stifled clashes in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged riots. Violent unrest erupted in the St Louis suburb for a second night, after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said the National Guard force in the Ferguson area had been tripled to more than 2,000 troops to back up the beleaguered local police force. A St Louis police patrol car was burnt by protesters and the force declared the demonstration an "illegal gathering," warning marchers and journalists alike that they faced arrest.
HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.