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Ferguson slaying of Brown reconstructed in county autopsy

By The Washington Post
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed 18-year-old when he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County …

4 private security guards convicted

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a …

Captive freed by North Korea enjoys tearful reunion in Ohio

By The Associated Press
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible in a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised …

Immigration work permits could rise under contract

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Obama’s changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 …

Academic scandal at University of North Carolina bigger than previously reported

By The Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A’s and B’s over a span of nearly two decades, …

Security at Capitol questioned

By Cq Roll Call 12:45 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress’ former top cop thinks there should be major changes to security at the 276-acre Capitol complex, saying its open and accessible campus is “much to my chagrin.” Terrance W. Gainer said he would add gates around the …

Man caught jumping White House fence

By From Wire Reports 12:48 a.m.
WASHINGTON — An unidentified man climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the man got over the …

Social Security recipients to get increase in benefits

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay increases. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will boost government benefits for millions …

Personal use of Secret Service agents on staffer’s behalf draws investigaton

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with …

Coburn’s final ‘Wastebook’ tallies $25B in what he considers ‘pork’

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A maverick Republican senator criticized faulty missile defenses, unneeded airports and golf course repairs among the projects completed on the taxpayers’ tab in his annual collection of billions of dollars of government waste, released Wednesday. Sen. Tom Coburn, …

Coast Guard to seek billions to protect Arctic interests

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday. …

World News

Lone gunman kills monument guard, attacks Canada’s Parliament

By The Associated Press 12:45 a.m.
OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, storming Parliament in an attack that rocked the building with the boom of gunfire and forced lawmakers …

Middle East

ISIS jihadis lure Arab youths to fight against Western forces

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — In the heady weeks following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Ahmed Abdullah became more politically engaged. Abdullah, 23, joined the Islamist-based Labor Party. Like many …

Betsy Hiel

ISIS jihadis lure Arab youths to fight against Western forces

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — In the heady weeks following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Ahmed Abdullah became more politically engaged. Abdullah, 23, joined the Islamist-based Labor Party. Like many …