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August 20, 2014 - 12:00am
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Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)

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August 19, 2014 - 11:29pm
1 week 3 days ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The streets of Ferguson are filled once more tonight with protesters demonstrating against the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white.

But unlike previous nights, there were no immediate reports of clashes with police, who stood by with batons and gas masks.

Attorney General Eric Holder is set to come to the St. Louis suburb Wednesday to...

August 19, 2014 - 10:27pm
1 week 3 days ago

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — A city spokesman in the southern suburb of Harvey says three of the five children who were being held hostage by two men barricaded in a home have been released and appear to be in good condition.

Negotiators were still in talks with the men Tuesday night. Authorities said the men continued to hold a woman and two other children hostage. At least one of the men was thought to be armed. Officers, including a SWAT team, surrounded the home for more than...

August 19, 2014 - 10:01pm
1 week 3 days ago

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 73-year-old former schoolteacher facing a murder charge in the death of an unarmed trespasser should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he thought the man pointed a gun at him, his new defense attorney said.

Wayne Burgarello has been in jail since his May arrest for killing Cody Devine, 34, and seriously wounding a woman he found inside the vacant home he owns in the city...

August 19, 2014 - 10:00pm
1 week 3 days ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — What had been shaping up as one of this year's most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi soundly beat four little-known Republican challengers in his pursuit of a fourth term.

Last summer, former Vice President Dick Cheney's elder daughter, Liz Cheney, launched what widely was expected to be a formidable primary challenge for Enzi, a fellow Republican.

...

August 19, 2014 - 10:00pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing a navy blue New York Yankees shirt, Jonathan Freedman lined up with other fans outside Gate 2 on Jerome Avenue and East 164th Street. Once he reached the front of the single-file line, he emptied his pockets into a plastic bin and was ushered through a metal detector.

Welcome to Yankee Stadium, where security measures now resemble those at the airport. And starting next season, that will be the case at every ballpark in the big leagues....

August 19, 2014 - 9:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.

Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it had spanned about twice as much ground, state fire officials said.

Flames erupted Monday near Oakhurst, a community of several thousand about 16 miles from a Yosemite...

August 19, 2014 - 9:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants have released a video purporting to show the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer say they cannot determine the video's authenticity and are attempting to confirm whether he had been killed.

The 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, went missing nearly two years ago in northern Syria while on assignment for...

August 19, 2014 - 9:12pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert testified Tuesday.

Forensic DNA analyst Amanda Mendoza was asked during the trial if she had made a positive match of the DNA to defendant Samuel Little.

"That's correct," she said after tossing out...

August 19, 2014 - 9:06pm
1 week 3 days ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three lawsuits filed by retired NHL players over concussion-related injuries have been consolidated and will be heard by a federal judge in Minnesota.

A special panel assigned the cases Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson of St. Paul.

The order says Minnesota provides a central location for parties and witnesses, including those from Canada. It consolidates lawsuits filed by more than 200 former players in...

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