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Ferguson police start wearing cameras that record video, audio

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper that officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Search for pilot who crashed off Va. shore halted

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore. The plane had left Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas, Virginia.

Gettysburg soldier, 2 Vietnam veterans to receive Medal of Honor after congressional exemption

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WASHINGTON — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

The White House announced Tuesday …

Can Ferguson change the ‘ritual’ of black deaths?

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The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest. Thus went the most recent enactment of “the ritual” — the script of death, outrage, spin and mourning that America follows when an unarmed black male is killed by police.

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

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The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May. Both groups express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, especially to keep them away from youth. They also stress that proven smoking cessation methods should always be tried first.

Michael Brown’s family says he was a ‘gentle soul’

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Michael Brown’s relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.”

Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

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Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. Bishop Peter Libasci said even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya in 2011, he “went back again that we might open our eyes.”

American journalist freed after being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American is 45-year-old Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos.

Cristobal’s pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall on Sunday, and one man died and two other people were earlier left missing when they were caught up by swollen rivers on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Strongest Bay Area quake in 25 years hits Calif. wine country

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The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m. Dozens of people were treated at hospitals.

National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

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The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Thomas Augustine, Labor Department chief and dog musher, dead at 93

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Thomas Augustine would come around a curve and see them — dogs waiting for owners who would never return. “People would abandon them in the country, places where we traveled,” Mr. Augustine told the Chicago Sun-Times last year. “We could see them standing beside the road, waiting for the people who left them there to come back and pick them up. But the people who had left them did not come back.” Still, these were lucky dogs. Mr. Augustine and his wife, Agnes, adopted them. They kept a sled dog team on their five-acre farm on South Western Avenue in

Guilty plea expected by marathon bombing suspect’s friend

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BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after realizing he was …

27-year-old who helped popularize ALS ice bucket challenge dies

Funeral arrangements have been set for a man who died over the weekend after diving off a building into Nantucket Harbor hours after fundraising for a Lou Gehrig’s disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge.

Ferguson city leaders urge people to “allow peace to settle in”

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked …