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Ferguson residents fear return of rioting, looting

By The Associated Press 9:19 p.m.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by …

His murder-arson conviction overturned, man walks free 24 years later

By The Associated Press 9:42 p.m.
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U.S. could have done better, says brother of slain journalist

By The Los Angeles Times 9:42 p.m.
A brother of slain American journalist James Foley said on Friday that the government could have done more to help him escape the clutches of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which had demanded a $132 million ransom but …

Oklahoma City officer accused of sex assaults

By The Associated Press 9:03 p.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops …

Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

By The Associated Press 9:03 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — Senate  Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized on Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas. Reid was addressing the city’s Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday when he told …

Charities reconsider fundraising activities

By The Associated Press 9:03 p.m.
NEW YORK — The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. …

Mudslides plague Washington state after wildfire strips hillsides

By The Associated Press 9:34 p.m.
TWISP, Wash. — Rain in Washington state unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides, damaging homes and closing highways as the …

Obama pressured to obliterate ISIS as attack risks rise

By Hannah Allam  and Jonathan S. Landay 9:13 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Despite two weeks of U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria retains its bloody grip on half the country and is making new conquests in Syria, piling pressure on President Obama to develop …

Kentucky firefighters recovering from ice stunt shocks

By The Associated Press 9:03 p.m.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Two Kentucky firefighters on Friday remained  hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out  with an “ice bucket challenge.” Campbellsville fire Capt. Tony Grider was in critical condition in the University …

Hackers hit 25,000 government workers

By The Associated Press 9:19 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said on Friday. The official, who spoke on …

Retailers warned about software

By The Associated Press 9:19 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security  Department on Friday warned that more than 1,000 retailers could have a malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about their customers. The department said businesses …

Search for emergency shelters dropped as influx of immigrant children slows

By McClatchy Newspapers 9:13 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive monthslong search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border unaccompanied continues to drop. At the same time, three facilities on military …

Rehabilitated snowy owl dies in Minnesota

By McClatchy Newspapers 9:34 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The snowy owl that charmed the nation’s capital when he perched in downtown Washington, and then worried the nation’s capital when he was …

Scientists hope tiny robotic bee’s big dreams take flight

By Rick Wills
Nearly a decade into a honeybee crisis, the idea was inevitable — a robotic bee. Harvard University researcher Robert Wood, professor of engineering and applied …

Google Maps opens business doors to online views for shoppers

By John D. Oravecz
Patti Danforth tells about a customer who comes into her deli in Aspinwall to buy grits. “This gentleman came in, he saw these grits online, …

Law targeting sexual violence prompts campuses to review, publish policies

By Debra Erdley
Students returning to campuses across the nation this fall will have some heavy reading before they start classes as a law designed to address an epidemic of sexual violence on campus takes effect. The Campus SaVE Act requires colleges and …

Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …

Law broken in Bergdahl hostage deal, GAO finds

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an Afghanistan war prisoner for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said on Thursday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed …

Boston Marathon suspect’s friend guilty of obstruction

By Reuters
BOSTON — A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. …

New rules for highly addictive, hydrocodone-containing medications near

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the country. The new rules mean that drugs such as Vicodin, …