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Year later, AP reporter recalls origins of Ferguson movement

ST. LOUIS (AP) EDITOR'S NOTE A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown's death, Associated Press reporter Jim Salter watched as a neighborhood protest launched a national movement.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:27:04 -0400
AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless package

FILE - This file combo made from file photos shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:22:39 -0400
Northern California wildfire doubles in size, displaces thousands

Firefighters watch the Rocky Fire advance in Lake County, CaliforniaBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire raging through the foothills and canyons of northern California's coastal mountains more than doubled in size as it roared into its fifth day on Sunday, leaving two dozen homes in charred ruins and displacing thousands of residents. The blaze, which has scorched about 54,000 acres (21,853 hectares) east of Lower Lake, a town about 110 miles (180 km) north of San Francisco, was the fiercest of 20 large fires being battled by 9,000 firefighters across the state, officials said. "This is a very fast-moving wildfire," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, or Cal Fire.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:18:36 -0400
Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes

Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens are raging and setting off evacuations.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:17:19 -0400
Most picky eating harmless but it can signal emotional woes

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2014 file photo shows Brussels sprouts in Concord, N.H. New research suggests the picky eating problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out. The study was published Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the journal Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)CHICAGO (AP) Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:17:01 -0400
Close aide to VP's late son joins Joe Biden 2016 super PAC

FILE- In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Community College of Denver. Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:16:00 -0400
Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches

Aaliyah Doninguez, 11, stands on N. Alameda Boulevard on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M., advising parishioners that Holy Cross Catholic Church mass is canceled. Churchgoers were left shaken during Sunday morning services after authorities say explosions occurred less than 30 minutes apart outside two Las Cruces churches. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:14:31 -0400
Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't leave

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Ricos Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nearly 10 years into a deep economic slump, Puerto Rico is no closer to pulling out, and, in fact, is poised to plummet further. The unemployment rate is above 12 percent and tens of thousands have migrated out of the island. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern and glistens with sweat in the sweltering Caribbean morning.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:10:41 -0400
Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks to the 42nd annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in San DiegoBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates will test their messages in New Hampshire on Monday, with the exception of Donald Trump, in a pivotal week on the 2016 campaign trail that will be dominated by their first head-to-head debate on Thursday. Fourteen of the 17 candidates are to face off in Manchester, N.H., for the Voters Issues Forum, a two-hour event at Saint Anselm College in which each candidate will be asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw. Most of the leaders in the Republican field are to participate, including Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, but not poll leader Trump, who declared he would not attend in outrage over an editorial published by the Union Leader, the Manchester newspaper that is one of the sponsors of the event.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:07:58 -0400
Cowboys' Bryant has prolonged incident with teammate at camp

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant kept going after Dallas cornerback Tyler Patmon in a heated training camp skirmish that didn't end until quarterback Tony Romo finally stepped in and calmed his star receiver.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:58:16 -0400
Nigerian army says has freed nearly 180 Boko Haram hostages

Picture taken on July 26, 2015 and released by the Nigerian Army shows a soldier inspecting weapons seized from Islamist Boko Haram fighters following clashes in the town of Dikwa, northeastern NigeriaThe Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram including more than 100 children, it said late Sunday, following a series of deadly attacks by the jihadists in the country's restive northeast. "During the offensive operations, 178 people held captives by the terrorists were rescued, they include 101 children, 67 women and 10 men respectively," military spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in a statement. The dramatic rescue, which the army said also led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, took place near Aulari about 70 kilometres (40 miles) south of Maiduguri, the biggest town in northeast Nigeria, the spokesman said.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:31:44 -0400
Britain and France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

Migrants make their way along train tracks as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near CalaisBy William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and France on Sunday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England. The French port of Calais has become a focal point for the huge influx of migrants entering Europe to escape poverty and violence in the Middle East and Africa. Nightly attempts by large groups of the estimated 5,000 migrants in Calais to force their way through the rail tunnel linking France and Britain have provoked public anger and severely disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:28:10 -0400
Closing ceremonies held for Los Angeles Special Olympics

LOS ANGELES (AP) Thousands of athletes said goodbye to Los Angeles on Sunday in an emotional closing ceremony for the Special Olympics marked by cheers, tears and pride.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:25:40 -0400
Police ID suspect in killing of officer; manhunt underway

This undated photo released by the Memphis Police Department shows officer Sean Bolton, 33, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday night, Aug. 1, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. A manhunt is underway for the suspect, Tennessee police officials said. (Memphis Police Department via AP)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee police officials on Sunday identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer, and an intense search for the man is underway.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:19:23 -0400
Mets hit 3 homers in 5 pitches to sweep Nationals, 5-2

New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes, (52), greets New York Mets Lucas Duda at the plate after scoring on Duda's third-inning, two-run home run during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in New York, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and streaking Lucas Duda homered in a span of five pitches, a sudden power strike that charged up Citi Field and sent the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 5-2 Sunday night for a three-game sweep.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:14:52 -0400
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