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St. Louis police chief defends officers' action in fatal shooting of man updated 3 hours 48 minutes ago

The man paces back and forth on a St. Louis street, yelling "Shoot me," as two armed police officers approach him.

James Foley beheading video: Would you watch it? updated 6 hours 48 minutes ago

Social media sites and users consider how to deal with images, video of James Foley's beheading by ISIS.

Dueling narratives in Michael Brown shooting updated 8 hours 51 minutes ago

Conflicting accounts and police reticence in the Michael Brown shooting have made it difficult to ascertain what exactly happened.

James Foley remembered as 'brave and tireless' journalist updated 9 hours 14 minutes ago

When war reporter James Foley wasn't writing for GlobalPost or recording video for AFP, he occasionally shared stories on his own blog.

Man shot and killed by St. Louis Police updated 9 hours 26 minutes ago

St. Louis police shot and killed a young African-American man Tuesday after authorities say he brandished a knife.

Grand jury to mull Michael Brown case; prosecutor says 'not going to rush it' updated 9 hours 31 minutes ago

Don't expect a quick end to the Michael Brown case. St. Louis County's prosecutor tells radio station KTRS the grand jury may have it until mid-October.

Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury updated 12 hours 49 minutes ago

A veteran police officer's column saying everyone should submit to police orders has sparked more debate about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Michael Brown shooting: Who's who in Ferguson updated 13 hours 29 minutes ago

The city has been roiling since Michael Brown was killed. Several leaders have stepped up, but there's still plenty to do.

Pal of Boston bombing suspect expected to plead guilty to related charges updated 15 hours 19 minutes ago

A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is expected to plead guilty Thursday to obstruction and conspiracy charges.

National Guard Fast Facts updated 15 hours 29 minutes ago

Here's a look at some background information about the National Guard, the oldest component of the U.S. armed forces.

4 remaining hostages rescued in Illinois standoff updated 18 hours 15 minutes ago

Law enforcement officers safely ended a two-day hostage situation at suburban Chicago house Wednesday, rescuing four hostages.

Bernard Kerik Fast Facts updated 19 hours 36 minutes ago

Here's a look at the life of former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who served time in prison for tax fraud and lying to officials.

Concerns arise about prosecutor in Michael Brown case updated 19 hours 43 minutes ago

While protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, are demanding justice for the killing of Michael Brown by police, questions are being asked about the man who at the moment is responsible for pursuing any prosecution and whether he can be impartial.

Jack Lew Fast Facts updated 19 hours 59 minutes ago

Here is a look at the life of Treasury Secretary Jacob "Jack" Lew.

Scott Hamilton Fast Facts updated 20 hours 1 minutes ago

Here's a look at the life of Olympic and world champion figure skater Scott Hamilton.

Another view of Ferguson -- kindness, generosity, compassion updated 21 hours 18 minutes ago

Amid the protests over Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, residents are showing the good side of the city with acts of kindness and generosity.

Patient tested in California for possible Ebola exposure updated 1 days ago

Another patient is being tested in the United States for possible Ebola exposure -- this time, in California.

Murder charges filed in case of missing Marine's wife updated 1 days ago

Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of killing the pregnant wife of a Marine in California.

Police: Children, adults taken hostage in Harvey, Illinois, after robbery updated 1 days ago

A pair of robbery suspects took five children and a woman hostage Tuesday inside an Illinois home, police say.

Ferguson streets were calm until bottles fly updated 1 days ago

Ferguson, Missouri, leaders issue a plea for calm, promising to raise money to equip police officers with dash and vest cams, among other things.

Some 'agitators' arrested in Ferguson come from across U.S. updated 1 days ago

"Agitators" stirring violence amid Ferguson protests are "a disgrace," a state senator says.

Why bring National Guard to Ferguson? updated 1 days ago

By calling National Guard troops into Ferguson, authorities are taking the situation "to the opposite extreme," a former FBI assistant director says.

Pentagon drawn into Ferguson police militarization debate updated 1 days ago

Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel asks for more info on program that provides military surplus to police, issue came to light with response to Ferguson protests.

Not just Ferguson: When the National Guard comes to settle civil unrest updated 1 days ago

They've served in every U.S. war since 1637, and now National Guard members are trying to help quell unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

4.2-magnitude quake shakes central Oklahoma updated 1 days ago

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guthrie, Oklahoma, at 7:41 a.m. CT (8:41 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Phoenix-area residents rescued from houses, cars after flash flooding updated 1 days ago

As many as four inches of rain fell near Phoenix on Tuesday, sending flash floodwater through areas of Arizona already saturated from recent rains.

Trayvon Martin's mom to Michael Brown's: 'Neither of their lives shall be in vain' updated 1 days ago

The pain that Michael Brown's parents are going through is something Sybrina Fulton can relate to.

What's next as authorities investigate the killing of Michael Brown? updated 1 days ago

Read what's next for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, which has become a national flashpoint in the debate over race and the use of force by police.

6 more journalists arrested in Ferguson protests updated 1 days ago

6 journalists taken into custody covering the latest protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a move one press freedom group says is an effort to restrict the press.

Support grows for Darren Wilson, officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown updated 1 days ago

As the nation sees protests supporting black shooting victim Michael Brown, there's also support for the white officer who fatally shot the unarmed teen.

Holder to Missouri in bid to ease tensions over Brown shooting updated 1 days ago

After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into issues of race, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson, Missouri, as President Barack Obama's top emissary.

1965 Selma to Montgomery March Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama.

Ready for this jelly? Strange sea creatures invade West Coast beaches updated 1 days ago

Thousands of strange sea creatures are washing ashore on California beaches, puzzling tourists and thrilling scientists quick to explain the phenomenon.

Electrifying photos of lightning updated 1 days ago

When a photographer is at the right place at the right time, a lightning show can be absolutely magical.

Timothy Geithner Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is a look at the life of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Mormon Church Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often referred to as the Mormon Church.

Police: California high schoolers plotted to kill 'as many students as possible' updated 1 days ago

Police in California say 2 high schoolers plotted to kill 3 staffers and as many students as possible at South Pasadena High School, but plan was foiled.

Missing Sudanese model living in NYC found in hospital updated 1 days ago

NYC police are searching for Sudanese model Ataui-Deng Hopkins, known in the fashion world as Ataui Deng, who has been missing since August 6.

NASA Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the United States government agency that conducts research into space.

Ricin Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about ricin, a natural, highly toxic compound that is extracted from castor beans.

Cops: From Arizona to NY, thieves turn Legos into hard cash updated 1 days ago

From Arizona to New York, alleged thieves are turning those tiny iconic plastic interlocking bricks you grew up with into cold, hard cash.

Syria's chemical weapons neutralized updated 1 days ago

Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons have been destroyed at sea, almost a year after nerve gas killed 1,000 people.

Slaughterhouse staff indicted over meat from cows with cancer updated 2 days ago

Former workers at a California slaughterhouse have been charged with knowingly processing and distributing meat from cancerous cows, court documents said

Caller says she has the officer's side of the Ferguson shooting updated 2 days ago

The officer who killed Michael Brown says the teen rushed at him in the moments before the shooting, according to an account phoned into a radio station.

Michael Brown death: Autopsy unlikely to settle dueling narratives updated 2 days ago

The preliminary results of an autopsy that Michael Brown's family requested are unlikely to settle the dueling narratives.

Stephen Breyer Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Stephen G. Breyer, Justice for the United States Supreme Court.

Rick Perry Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Kidnapped Amish girls were sexually abused, prosecutor says updated 2 days ago

The two Amish girls kidnapped last week in upstate New York were sexually abused while in captivity, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said.

MLB All-Star Game Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the MLB All-Star game, also known as the Midsummer Classic.

U.S. Capitol Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's some background information about the U.S. Capitol. Located at 100 Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress.

Bodies found in garage, storage unit after funeral director's suicide updated 2 days ago

Alfred Pennine, longtime proprietor of Pennine Funeral Home in Providence, Rhode Island, may have taken a secret to his grave.

Michael Brown shot at least 6 times, independent autopsy shows updated 3 days ago

A day of peaceful protests devolved into a night of Molotov cocktails and tear gas as rage boiled over in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friend of man behind 'Ice Bucket Challenge' dies updated 3 days ago

A friend of the man who inspired the viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" died this weekend in a diving accident.

Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic updated 3 days ago

Cynthia Scudo, an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18, survived an extraordinary journey: She abused prescription painkillers and used heroin.

In tense Ferguson, trying to balance security, protesters' rights updated 4 days ago

Protecting protesters constitutional rights and residents' security isn't always simple.

Missouri governor imposes curfew in Ferguson, declares emergency updated 4 days ago

Missouri governor signs an order declaring a state of emergency and implementing a curfew in Ferguson.

Football players part of Notre Dame academic fraud probe updated 4 days ago

Several University of Notre Dame students, including four football players, are being investigated over academic fraud allegations, the university said.

2 are charged with kidnapping in abduction of Amish girls updated 4 days ago

Police have arrested a couple and charged them with kidnapping in the apparent abduction of two Amish girls in upstate New York this week.

Ferguson police chief: Officer didn't stop Brown as robbery suspect updated 5 days ago

Police chief: The Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown didn't stop him because he was suspected in a recent robbery.

5 things to know about Michael Brown's shooting updated 5 days ago

Conflicting accounts and police reticence have made it difficult to ascertain what exactly happened in Michael Brown shooting.

'It was a good night,' says state trooper heading security in Ferguson, Missouri updated 5 days ago

Ferguson, Missouri, security chief Capt. Ron Johnson says "It was a good night" after protesters march without problems.

Condoleezza Rice Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's an in-depth look at the life of Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state.

George Mitchell Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here is a look at the life of George Mitchell, former U.S. senator (D-Maine).

Prescription drug abuse: There is help updated 5 days ago

Trying to find the best drug abuse treatment options for yourself or a loved one can be overwhelming. But it is not impossible.

New head of Ferguson security: 'How would I feel?' updated 5 days ago

Missouri state patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is now in charge of security in trouble Ferguson, and as a native of the area, he says the work for him is personal.

Carol Moseley Braun Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here is a look at the life of former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.

Fred Thompson Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at the life of actor and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson.

Ron Paul Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former presidential candidate and U.S. Representative Ron Paul.

March on Washington Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the 1963 March on Washington, led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.

Chilling video shows onlookers venting anger, disbelief after Ferguson shooting updated 5 days ago

A video from moments after the weekend shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, shows onlookers quickly concluding Michael Brown was shot "for no ... reason."

Ferguson violence: Critics rip police tactics, use of military equipment updated 5 days ago

In Ferguson, Missouri, law enforcement is being blamed for escalating violence during protests of an unarmed teen's killing by police.

Authorities: Two Amish girls missing in upstate New York have been found safe updated 6 days ago

Two Amish girls, who were apparently abducted from a roadside farm stand in upstate New York, have been found and are safe, authorities said early Friday.

Missouri state troopers take over security in Ferguson updated 6 days ago

State troopers take over security in this St. Louis suburb after days of clashes between police and protesters.

What we know about Michael Brown's shooting updated 6 days ago

The accounts of why a police officer fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, couldn't be more disparate.

Five things for the new MLB commissioner to consider updated 6 days ago

When Bud Selig leaves Major League Baseball's front office in January, he'll retire with baseball in pretty good shape.

No dashcams in Ferguson: One less tool in Michael Brown shooting investigation updated 6 days ago

There are wildly differing accounts of what led to Michael Brown's death. It seems logical to ask: Where is the police dashcam video?

Baseball owners pick league exec Manfred as new commissioner updated 6 days ago

Major League Baseball owners elected COO Rob Manfred as the league's next commissioner.

Days after deadly incident, Tony Stewart opts out of Michigan NASCAR race updated 6 days ago

Tony Stewart won't participate in NASCAR's next Sprint Cup race, but his team says it hasn't been determined if or when he might return to the track.

College Football Playoff Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the College Football Playoff, a four-team seeded postseason format which begins for the 2014 season and replaces the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

TV crew: Police shutdown in Ferguson was 'assault on freedom of press' updated 6 days ago

TV news crew believes police in Ferguson deliberately fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them Wednesday during protests over Michael Brown's death.

Mike Huckabee Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Mike Huckabee, talk show host and former governor of Arkansas.

Justin Bieber Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here's a look at the life of singer Justin Bieber.

Department of Veterans Affairs Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here is a look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Teen runaway hides out in Texas Walmart for days updated 7 days ago

There in the baby section, behind boxes of strollers, was a 14-year-old boy with a secret.

Tear gas fills Ferguson's streets again updated 7 days ago

Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, cop, but the officer's name hasn't been released.

Lauren Bacall Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here is a look at the life of award-winning actress Lauren Bacall.

Missouri shooting furor shows how social media users help and harm updated 8 days ago

The photo from Ferguson, Missouri, that stopped me in my tracks was taken by a local educator.

A town in turmoil -- 5 things about Ferguson, Missouri updated 8 days ago

Here's a list of five things you may not know about Ferguson, Missouri, which has been in the spotlight since this weekend when a teenager was shot.

Michael Brown case: Shooter's name withheld after threats, police say updated 8 days ago

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, know who shot Michael Brown, but three days after the 18-year-old's death, they're still not saying.

Steve Ballmer now owns NBA's Clippers for record $2 billion updated 8 days ago

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer became the new owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday

German artists take credit for Brooklyn Bridge flag switch updated 8 days ago

German artists Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf say replacement of American flags above Brooklyn Bridge was an "art project."

Immigration Statistics Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about immigration to the United States.

Primetime Emmys Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Hurricane Katrina Statistics Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at some Hurricane Katrina statistics.

Steve Ballmer Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft.

Dirt-track racer hit by Tony Stewart died of 'massive blunt trauma' updated 8 days ago

Kevin Ward Jr., a race car driver killed after an on-track incident with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, died of "massive blunt trauma," authorities said.

Kevin Ward Jr. started young, loved to race updated 8 days ago

As soon as he could, Kevin Ward Jr. got in a race car. As soon as he could, Kevin Ward Jr. started winning races.

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