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Relatives Of Loretta Barela Sue Over Slow 911 Response

AP | David Moye | November 17, 2014 | Crime
DENVER (AP) — A Denver woman who was found fatally beaten more than six hours after a neighbor first called 911 for help might have survived if dispatchers had sent police sooner, her family said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that cites "a pattern of inadequate 911 dispatching." It...

Just Half Of Americans Think Calling Police Helps Resolve Disputes Peacefully

Nick Wing | November 17, 2014 | Politics
As issues of police brutality and accountability continue to receive national attention, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows about half of Americans aren't convinced calling law enforcement is an effective way to peacefully resolve a dispute. In the poll, just 49 percent of respondents said they believe police officers responding to a situation are most likely to help resolve it peacefully. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said law enforcement is most likely to make the situation more volatile, while 24 percent said they weren't sure. White respondents were more likely than any other race polled to say they thought police would resolve a situation peacefully, while black respondents were the most likely to say police would make it more volatile. The poll also showed that 28 percent of respondents had called the police to resolve a dispute in the past, while 72 percent never had. These findings were relatively uniform across racial demographics. The survey comes as the nation waits to hear if a grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who Wilson shot in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident has led to increased scrutiny of the tactics employed by law enforcement, and the violence that sometimes comes as a result of police involvement. Just two weeks after Brown's death, for example, St. Louis police responded to a call that 25-year-old Kajieme Powell had shoplifted drinks and donuts from a shop. The video of the ensuing confrontation, released by St. Louis police shortly after the incident, shows just how quickly things escalated. Powell can be heard yelling "shoot me" at the officers, before advancing in their direction. He was armed with a knife, but details of how close he got to the officers or how he was holding the weapon remain in dispute. Just 15 seconds after officers arrived at the scene, Powell was killed by a barrage of bullets. In another fatal incident in 2013, officers were called to help resolve a family dispute. After an argument over a pack of cigarettes, Tyler Comstock, an unarmed 19-year-old, took off in his father's car, and his father called the police to intervene. A short time later, Comstock was killed by officers after leading them on a chase and refusing their orders to turn off the vehicle's engine. The HuffPost/YouGov poll found large demographic disparities regarding the belief that police brutality takes place locally. Of total respondents, 29 percent said the problem existed around them, while 43 percent said it didn't and 27 percent said they weren't sure. Among white respondents, 25 percent said police brutality was an issue in their local law enforcement. But among black respondents, 58 percent said police brutality existed in their area, while 22 percent said it didn't and 20 percent weren't sure. Previous HuffPost/YouGov polls conducted in the wake of Brown's death have tracked issues around how race plays into perceptions of law enforcement and police treatment of suspects. A survey released in August found that a 53 percent majority of all Americans thought police in most big cities are tougher on blacks than on whites. That number rose to 86 percent among black respondents. The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Nov. 12-14 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance. The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found

Stunning Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes That Aren't Pie

The Huffington Post | Kristen Aiken | November 17, 2014 | Taste
When pie isn't fancy enough, turn to these gorgeous ideas.

Your Kitchen Sponge Is As Revolting As It Smells

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | November 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
The kitchen sponge is the single dirtiest item in your house. Yes, it's nastier than the toilet seat, the garbage can and the diaper genie. "It has a lot of nooks and crannies, so as you clean up a mess with potential pathogens in it, some of the...

These Democrats Could Be The Party's Ticket To A Comeback

Samantha Lachman | November 17, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- After the Republican Party took control of the Senate, strengthened its House majority, picked up a host of state legislative chambers and elected a slate of new statewide candidates, various pronouncements were made about how the Democratic bench had been devastated. But...

These Vegetarian Meatballs Are Made With Eggplant, And They're The Real Deal

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | November 17, 2014 | Taste
If you thought meat was required to make meatballs, you thought wrong.

Colorado Authorities Still Want Review Of Marijuana Edibles And Drinks

AP | Sam Levine | November 16, 2014 | Politics
DENVER (AP) — Saying they're still worried that edible pot sweets are too attractive to kids, Colorado health authorities plan to ask Monday for a new panel to decide which marijuana foods and drinks look too much like regular snacks. A Health Department recommendation, obtained by The Associated Press in...

10 Most Affordable Housing Markets In America

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | November 17, 2014 | HuffPost Home
So you're looking to buy a new house. Congratulations! While you're probably going to want to check out schools and make sure the neighborhood is safe, you're also going to want to know -- you know, because -- what neighboring homes are going for. That's where the...

This App Can Track Your Drunk Night Out And Recover Snapchats

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | November 14, 2014 | College
It all started with a drunk dial. When Joshua Anton was at his first party at the University of Virginia, having recently transferred from Northern Virginia Community College, he received a call from a drunk friend. This call would eventually lead to the creation of Drunk Mode, an...

Colorado Is Using Revenue From Pot Sales To Hire More School Nurses

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | November 17, 2014 | Politics
Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana could actually help improve the health of local students. The state awarded nearly a million dollars' worth of grants to schools throughout the state this week, reports The Denver Post. The grant money will be used by schools to hire health professionals such...

The Definitive Guide To Making Your Pet Famous On The Internet

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | November 14, 2014 | Comedy
Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, two felines with no concept of wealth or celebrity, have already reached a level of success more lofty than the rest of us will probably ever see. Because the world has never been -- nor ever will be -- fair, each cat nets its owner...

Pew Analysis Of Jobs Report Shows That More Young People Are Saying 'No' To The Workforce

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | November 14, 2014 | Fifty
More than 92 million Americans -- 37 percent of the civilian population who are 16 and older -- are not only not working, but they aren't really even looking for jobs. By the government's definition, to sit in the “not in the labor force” category means you haven’t looked for...

What We Really Know About Psychedelic Mushrooms

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | November 14, 2014 | Science
For centuries, "magic" mushrooms have been both celebrated and reviled for their mind-expanding properties.

Hundreds Of Students At This Colorado High School Refused To Take A Test

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | November 13, 2014 | Politics
Hundreds of seniors at a Colorado high school refused to take a statewide test Thursday and protested outside, criticizing standardized testing and collecting food and school supplies for charity. Only nine of Fairview High School's 530 seniors took the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, according to the Boulder Valley School...

Cops Go Beyond Call Of Duty, Buy Great-Grandma's Groceries After Her Purse Is Snatched

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | November 13, 2014 | Good News
When this grandmother found herself a victim of a crime, these officers did a lot more than what their job description required. Julia Brecht, 86, of Aurora, Colorado, was doing some routine grocery shopping at a Super Target in late October when a thief snatched her purse...

Fracking Accident In Colorado Kills 1 Worker, Seriously Injures 2 Others

Katherine Boehrer | November 13, 2014 | Green
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — An accident at a hydraulic fracturing site in northern Colorado killed one worker and seriously injured two others Thursday, authorities said. The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line at the oil or gas well site when it ruptured, Weld County sheriff's...

A New Study Shows NYC Has Fewer Rats Than We Thought, And Colbert Is NOT Happy

Andy McDonald | November 13, 2014 | Comedy
Wednesday's "Colbert" calls attention to a new study authored by a Columbia University statistician that claims the New York City rat population is far lower than people commonly believe. The population was thought to be around eight million, but as this study shows, it's probably closer to a...

18 Ways To Use The Internet To Make Life Just A Little Bit Better

Sara Boboltz | November 13, 2014 | Technology
Sometimes it seems like technology just overcomplicates everything, instead of making our lives easier. But some Internet tools really do simplify everyday tasks, so you can get back to whatever you really want to be doing -- like finally figuring out why everyone keeps talking about Serial.

Pot-Friendly States Are Teaming Up On Capitol Hill

Ashley Alman | November 13, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress from states with legal pot are banding together to tell their colleagues on Capitol Hill not to interfere with state drug laws. Voters in the Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives last week that legalize marijuana possession.

If You Keep Calling It A Polar Vortex, You Don't Know What A Polar Vortex Is

Kim Bellware | November 14, 2014 | Green
The next time you hear that a "polar vortex" is headed your way, keep one thing in mind: It's probably bunk. A whole lot of people jumped into "Day After Tomorrow" mode and dubbed the forthcoming Alaskan storm that's...
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