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August 19, 2014 - 3:14am
1 week 15 hours ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch's father, mother, brother, uncle...

August 19, 2014 - 3:13am
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.

Six years later, the stalemate suddenly seems more entrenched than ever. As Obama pleads for calm and understanding in Ferguson, Missouri, he's struggling to determine what role — if any —...

August 19, 2014 - 2:44am
1 week 1 day ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed — a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans.

Along with the likes of Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, he found himself increasingly out of step with a GOP that was turning sharply to the right.

Jeffords, who...

August 19, 2014 - 2:28am
1 week 1 day ago

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate testified Tuesday that they intended to do some damage during a night of mayhem last month but did not anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to an Ohio teacher.

Keefer McGee took the stand against co-defendant Brett Lahr after McGee and the other two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The judge determined there was enough...

August 19, 2014 - 2:08am
1 week 1 day ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters are again in a tense standoff in Ferguson, Missouri, more than a week after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer.

Monday night, police used bullhorns to order the crowds to leave, and noisemakers and armored vehicles were used to push back demonstrators. During one confrontation, police fired tear gas and flash grenades. National Guard units were sent to Ferguson Monday, but most of them have...

August 19, 2014 - 2:07am
1 week 1 day ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a promise — some might say a threat — to tackle Chicago's many problems with the same ferocity that made him at times feared in national politics.

Almost four years into his term, the former White House chief of staff has been true to his word. And along the way, he's ticked off enough people to expect, by most accounts, a serious...

August 19, 2014 - 1:22am
1 week 13 hours ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals.

On Tuesday night, Sullivan defeated tea party favorite Joe...

August 19, 2014 - 1:03am
1 week 21 hours ago

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

State fire spokesman Chris Christopherson said Tuesday afternoon that the wildfire near the Madera County town of Oakhurst burned less than a square mile, revising earlier estimates of about twice that size.

Flames erupted Monday near the town about...

August 19, 2014 - 12:47am
1 week 1 day ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose booming baritone became as much a part of the cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, including "Saturday Night Live," died Monday in Arizona. He was 96.

Pardo died at his home in Tucson, where he moved after retiring from "SNL," said his daughter, Dona Pardo. Executive producer Lorne Michaels asked him to continue with the show, so he flew back and forth to New York for many...

August 19, 2014 - 12:29am
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spent Monday night at a nearly 5-hour dinner at the home of Sam Kass, a senior policy adviser for nutrition policy at the White House.

The dinner, about a mile away from the White House in the Logan Circle neighborhood, also included Anita Decker Breckenridge, Obama's deputy chief of staff. The president had returned to Washington just after midnight Monday in a break from his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard....

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