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  • Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. "It is clear, I think, that acts of violence threaten to drown out those who have legitimate voices, legitimate...

  • Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

    VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit. By Tuesday, detectives in Venice, a small community in Sarasota County, had charged three people in...

  • Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'

    FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was...

  • Man freed after 39 years in prison offers thanks

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A man freed after nearly four decades in prison when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the law project that worked to win his freedom. A beaming Ricky Jackson told members of the Ohio Innocence Project and others at the University of Cincinnati that he would have walked to Cincinnati from...

  • Tough to make a case against police in shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case. The panel concluded that the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed...

  • Tsarnaev lawyers lose bid for info in '11 slayings

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to order prosecutors to turn over evidence about his older brother's possible participation in a 2011 triple killing. The defense was seeking details of statements from Ibragim Todashev about Tamerlan Tsarnaev's role...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices on Tuesday said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states...

  • Warplanes strike airport in Libya capital again

    CAIRO (AP) — Warplanes again bombed a Libyan military air base Tuesday that until a day earlier was Tripoli's only functioning airport, shortly after the Islamist-backed prime minister said his government was at war. Late Monday, Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi said the Cabinet will now adopt "a policy of confrontation and war," comments directed...

  • UN: 12.2 million Syrians need humanitarian help

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief says 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July. But Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that the delivery of aid from Turkey and Jordan to rebel-held areas in Syria without...

  • Official: Afghan president orders military review

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor. The move appears aimed at revamping the military for the fight against the Taliban amid new indications that U.S. and...

  • No homicide charge against NY mom in girl's death

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they can no longer support a homicide charge against a special-education teacher who had been accused of killing her severely disabled daughter by neglecting her. A new indictment unsealed at the Westchester County courthouse alleges only child endangerment against Nicole Diggs and her...

  • Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings

    BOSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men after his lawyer said Hernandez's defense team is busy trying to prepare for his trial in a 2013 killing. In the 2012 case, Hernandez is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of Daniel de...

  • Window washer fights for life after 11-story fall

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 58-year-old window washer who fell 11 stories from a building onto a moving car is "fighting for his life" and opens his eyes when relatives speak to him, his family said. The man's name and hometown have not been released. San Francisco General Hospital released a statement from his family, who asked to not be...

  • 5 children killed in South Texas house fire

    EDNA, Texas (AP) — Authorities say five children were killed when a fire engulfed their South Texas mobile home and partially collapsed the roof, which made rescue attempts impossible. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirmed the deaths Tuesday afternoon. The names of the children haven't been released. Emergency personnel arrived...

  • 24 died in Burkina Faso unrest that ousted leader

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A committee cataloging the damage done during protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime president from power says 24 people were killed in the unrest. Opposition protesters, angry that President Blaise Compaore was seeking another term after nearly 30 years in power, set the parliament building on fire and...

  • Nobel Prize for DNA discovery going to auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block. The auctioneer says the gold medal could bring $2.5 million to $3.5 million on Dec. 4. Christie's says it is the first Nobel medal to be offered at auction by a living recipient. Watson made the 1953...

  • Utah to scrap parts of immigration law under deal

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has agreed to scrap three key provisions in its controversial 2011 immigration law and put limits on another in a settlement reached with the American Civil Liberties Union. The deal, announced Tuesday by the ACLU and state attorney general's office, means both sides agreed to accept the stipulations of a judge's...

  • U.Va. looks at alcohol as factor in sex assaults

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking. Members of the Board of Visitors discussed sexual assault allegations that came out in a devastating portrait...

  • Protesters block highways, bridge in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry about the Ferguson grand jury decision have disrupted traffic for several hours in downtown St. Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois. Riot police arrested several demonstrators Tuesday afternoon who sat down in...

  • Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

    Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept the grand jurors' choice not to charge the white cop with a crime in the death of the unarmed black teen? Why is there such...

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