National Briefs: More protests over shooting

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists on Saturday called for mass civil disobedience on the highways in and around this St. Louis suburb to protest the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, with the leaders of one coalition encouraging supporters to stop their cars to tie up traffic on Labor Day.

The announcement came at a peaceful if at times tense march and rally Saturday that drew more than 1,000 demonstrators to some of the same Ferguson streets where the police clashed with protesters in the days after the killing of Michael Brown. Mr. Brown, 18, was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department, and his bloody body lay on Canfield Drive for about 4½ hours before it was removed.

Organizers at Saturday’s rally called on demonstrators to drive on Interstate 70 and other area highways at 4:30 p.m. Monday, turn their hazard lights on and stop their vehicles for 4½ minutes to symbolize those 4½ hours that Mr. Brown’s body lay in the middle of the street.

Federal wage hikes pushed

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed raising federal civilian and military pay by 1 percent across the board next year, signaling that he wants to give the workers a salary bump but prevent the rates from automatically rising higher under the law.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Vice President Joe Biden, Mr. Obama said the greater increase set to take effect without his plan would be “inappropriate.” He added that the government must “maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course” as the country’s economic recovery continues.

Congress has the authority to block Mr. Obama’s proposal, but failure to act on the part of lawmakers would allow the president to implement the pay raise unilaterally through an executive order, as he did with a 1 percent rate increase in December.

Teachers’ jobs ruling

LOS ANGELES — Wading into an intense national battle that has pitted teachers unions against a movement to weaken tenure protections, Gov. Jerry Brown has appealed a California judge’s sweeping ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights.

In a one-page appeal filed late Friday afternoon, Mr. Brown and the state attorney general, Kamala Harris, argued that a decision of such scope needed to be made by a higher court, and that the judge in this case had declined a request by the governor and attorney general “to provide a detailed statement of the factual and legal bases for its ruling.”

Mobile home fire kills 6

GARLAND, N.C. — Six people have died in a fire at a mobile home outside this rural North Carolina town, and investigators are seeking to find the cause of the deadly blaze, police said on Saturday.

The fire was reported to emergency responders at 1 a.m. local time on Saturday, and firefighters found bodies inside the residence, the Sampson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Sand cave-in kills child

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — A 9-year-old girl who was digging in a large sand hole on an Oregon beach suffocated and died after the sand caved in around her and other beachgoers were unable to dig her out in time, police said on Saturday.

The girl, identified as Isabel Grace Franks, was playing Friday evening on the beach in Lincoln City, about 80 miles southwest of Portland, when she was buried in a hole between 2 and 4 feet deep, the Lincoln City police said.

— Compiled from news services


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