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A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustration(Reuters) - During the first week of open enrollment for 2015 in the individual health plans created by the national healthcare reform law, 462,125 people selected plans from the federal healthcare website Healthcare.gov, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. Of the people selecting the plans between Nov. 15 when enrollment began and Nov. 21, 48 percent were new customers and 52 percent were individuals enrolled in a 2014 plans. ...

Pro-Russian separatists from the rebel Interior ministry attend an oath-taking ceremony in DonetskKIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev as head of U.S. forces in Europe, said Russia's "militarization" of the Crimea peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March meant Moscow could exert influence over almost the entire Black Sea region. ...

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

Amanda Ashe of Oakland faces off with a police officer during a demonstration in Oakland, CaliforniaPeople from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second straight night.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photo, job seekers Stevens de la Pena, foreground left, and Eduardo Perez, foreground right, fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)The number of people seeking unemployment benefits hit a surprising number.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States has issued a warning to travelers citing "specific threats from terrorism" aimed at Western and local interests in the east African nation of Djibouti. Djibouti hosts U.S. and French military bases and is an ally in the U.S.-led fight against militant Islam. Somali al Qaeda-linked militants have previously attacked Djibouti, saying it was to punish the east African state for contributing to an African Union force in Somalia. ...

A St. Louis County police car stands parked at the scene where two FBI agents had been shot the night before in Hanley Hills, MissouriFERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was "not directly related" to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said. One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the leg while assisting local police in executing an arrest warrant, FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said in a brief statement. Their injuries were not life-threatening. "The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests," Wu said, but did not elaborate further. ...

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the Aug. ...

A protester's raised arms are pictured during a march, following the Monday grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in Los AngelesFERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Forty-four people were arrested during a second, calmer night of demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August, police said early on Wednesday. By comparison, 61 arrests were made late Monday and into early Tuesday during a night of arson, looting, vandalism and sporadic gunfire that police countered with volleys of tear gas and smoke bombs. ...

Protesters rally outside Los Angeles Police headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in downtown Los Angeles People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of Michael Brown took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)People from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second day of protests.

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