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Prosecutor McCulloch faces criticism over Ferguson case

FERGUSON, Mo. — He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn’t match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Ginsburg recovering after heart procedure

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a procedure to place a heart stent this morning after doctors discovered blockage in one of her arteries, the high court announced.

Police: Video of officer shooting 12-year-old ‘clear’

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground. Video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday.

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead.

Burned buildings, 61 arrests in wake of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass today after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Boehner on immigration: ‘We will not stand idle’

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was “damaging the presidency” with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.

Woman becomes fourth to allege Bill Cosby drugged her

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

Official says FSU gunman, killed after shooting, was alumnus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library early today before police killed him was a lawyer and alumnus from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature.

Massive starfish die-off linked to virus

Marking a major breakthrough in the mystery of one of the largest wildlife die-offs ever recorded in the world’s oceans, scientists believe they have found the cause of a disease that has killed millions of starfish since last year along California and the Pacific Coast.

Dear Abby: Mom concerned about son’s play

Dear Abby: Last weekend some family members were at my mom’s house for a meal. My 6-year-old son and my cousin’s 4-year-old daughter were playing in the room my mom had set up for the grandkids.

Manson to wed

CORCORAN, Calif. — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader today, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber.

Navy secretary racks up $4.7 million in travel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.

Cargo plane crashes into Chicago home

CHICAGO — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side today, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.

Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected

WASHINGTON D.C. — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Obamacare that would have enabled non-profit religious organizations to avoid government-approved contraception programs.