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August 18, 2014 - 7:25pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.

Mario Alejandro, who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, received a phone call from Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald on Saturday apologizing, and he accepted, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/1v9YY2J ).

Alejandro, a father of three from...

August 18, 2014 - 7:06pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have recaptured Iraq's largest dam from the Islamist State group, handing the militants their first major defeat today since they swept across the country this summer.

President Barack Obama announced the development at the White House today, calling it a "major step forward" in the battle against the militant group.

The militants had seized the Mosul Dam on Aug. 7,...

August 18, 2014 - 6:47pm
1 week 1 day ago

The National Guard is a regular presence in responding to natural disasters, but it also has a long history in helping curb civil disturbances.

On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon mobilized the Guard to the town of Ferguson, where protests stemming from the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old resident are now in their second week. The governor said he acted to protect the people and property from a "violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community."...

August 18, 2014 - 6:23pm
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An attorneys' group is suing to try to get police records about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The lawsuit filed Monday by the National Bar Association contends the Ferguson Police Department is in violation of the state open-records law for not releasing reports, videos and photos about the Aug. 9 shooting. It also seeks records related to Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown....

August 18, 2014 - 6:23pm
1 week 1 day ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The reptile reboot "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" held off a trio of new challengers at the weekend box office.

The Paramount Pictures release took in $28.5 million in its second week, besting the Fox buddy comedy "Let's Be Cops," Lionsgate's poor-performing action-hero smorgasbord "The Expendables 3" and the Weinstein Co.'s young-adult novel adaptation "The Giver."

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday...

August 18, 2014 - 6:14pm
1 week 2 days ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are setting up a designated protest zone for nightly demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

The plan was announced Monday by St. Louis County police. Spokesman Brian Schellman says authorities are encouraging peaceful protesters to stay in the zone.

But it wasn't clear what would happen to those who refuse to go into the designated area along West Florissant Avenue, where the majority of protests have occurred....

August 18, 2014 - 6:12pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for understanding to calm the racially charged anger that has consumed Ferguson, Missouri, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

The president said that while the vast majority of protesters in the St. Louis suburb were peaceful, he warned that looting and attacks on police by a small minority was undermining justice for 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Obama said...

August 18, 2014 - 6:08pm
1 week 1 day ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.

Prosecutors alleged that the owners of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp. schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations during inspector lunch...

August 18, 2014 - 5:57pm
1 week 1 day ago

The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson, Missouri, for witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

The goal, legal observers say, is to ensure that the truth about the killing is revealed, to ease racial tensions, and to reassure those fearing a cover-up that justice will be done....

August 18, 2014 - 5:56pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's government now must follow through on pledges to destroy its remaining weapons production facilities.

Obama also said concerns about omissions and discrepancies in Syria's declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...

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