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Takata: Evidence doesn’t support air bag recall

DETROIT — A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn’t supported by evidence, and the government doesn’t have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.

Police investigate Michael Brown’s stepfather

ST. LOUIS, MO — Police are investigating Michael Brown’s stepfather for angry comments on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson, a spokesman said Tuesday.
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House plans to undo Obama immigration

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers today as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama’s move without shutting down the government.
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Obama: fund police body cameras

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn’t building a “militarized culture” within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ashton Carter tops Obama’s Pentagon short list

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter has emerged as President Barack Obama’s top candidate to become the next defense secretary, according to administration officials, putting him in line to take over a sprawling department that has had an uneasy relationship with the White House.

U.S.: voluntary emissions cuts key to climate deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States is championing a new international approach to cutting greenhouse gases that offers the best chance of prompting countries to take action to avert the worst effects of global warming, the nation’s chief climate negotiator said Monday.
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Ferguson protests move to retail stores

MANCHESTER, Mo. — Dozens of people interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area late Thursday and early today to speak out about a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

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.

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.