By NIGEL DUARA and JIM SUHR, AP | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri’s governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.
By DAVID A. LIEB and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, AP | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and JEFF ROBERSON, AP | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. — Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. Hours earlier, the police chief had said race relations were the top priority in the town, where a white police officer fatally shot the black teen. Authorities have vowed to reach across the racial, economic and generational divide in a community in search of answers. In the streets of Ferguson, though, the polite dialogue heard at community forums and news conferences is nowhere to be found.
By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS, AP | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. In a televised to the speech Thursday night, Obama had threatened to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian war.
Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent — and unusual — request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn’t seem to be working. “He has been gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying,” lawyer Robin C. Konrad told the judge over the phone Wednesday, according to a transcript. “And we’re asking — our motion asks for you to issue an emergency stay and order the Department of Corrections to start lifesaving techniques.” The judge asked his law clerk to quickly locate a phone number for an attorney for the state so he could find out what was happening. They conferenced in
By YURAS KARMANAU and DMITRY LOVETSKY, AP | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners — dressed in overalls and covered in soot — spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield.
By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for “viciously” punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a “brutal attack” and said “there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway.” “This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again,” Waters said in a statement. “Based on the video shown of the patrol officer’s forceful punching of Marlene
By JACQUES BILLEAUD, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014
PHOENIX — A judge is scheduled to consider a request Wednesday to postpone the July 23 execution of an Arizona death row inmate until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood’s lawyers say prison officials violated their client’s constitutional rights by refusing to provide detailed information about his upcoming execution, such as the makers of the drugs and how the state developed its method for lethal injections. Attorneys for the state say there is no First Amendment right to the information Wood seeks and that the courts have consistently found that prisoners have no rights to such details.
By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014
Federal officials said the Chickasaw National Recreation Area near Sulphur, and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, are being considered suitable for bison from Yellowstone National Park. The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in Kansas, which extends into northern Oklahoma, also is included.