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  1. Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has a global audience

    Beijing Amnesty International has sent monitors to the scene. Palestinians are tweeting advice on how to cope with tear gas. Tibetan monks have showed up to offer prayers. Russian officials, Iran's official news agency and China's state-run media are offering lectures on human rights abuses.

  2. Perceptions of Ferguson shooting, protests split along racial lines

    Washington Blacks and whites see the events in Ferguson, Mo., through starkly different lenses, a new nationwide survey shows.

    • 11:52 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Holder discusses police mistrust in Ferguson

    St. Louis — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

    • 11:14 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

    • 8:24 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Officials: Hostage rescue mission in Syria failed

    Washington President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to continue to confront Islamic State militants despite the beheading of an American journalist in Iraq, standing firm in the face of the militants' threats to kill another hostage unless the U.S. military changes course.

    • 7:23 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

    — A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

    • 3:50 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Supreme Court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    Richmond, Va. Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

    • 11:50 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Phoenix residents start flood cleanup after heavy storms

    Phoenix Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix.

    • 1:22 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

    Harvey, Ill. — About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

    • 11:46 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Security forces, residents clash in Liberia slum sealed off to halt Ebola

    Monrovia, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting

    • 6:28 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    California hospital treating patient possibly exposed to Ebola

    A Northern California hospital said it is treating a patient who may have been exposed to Ebola as the worst outbreak of the deadly virus on record continues to spread across Africa.

    • 9:36 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Baghdad — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N.

    • 11:48 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Airstrike kills Hamas military chief's family

    Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue unt

    • 5:38 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Almanac predicts shiver to swelter

    Concord, N.H. — The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

    • 12:22 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Navy kicks out 34 for alleged cheating at nuclear training site

    Washington — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a ...

    • 8:13 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Florida woman wins $4.3M in texting while driving case

    Bunnell, Fla. — A Florida woman who was severely injured in a crash caused by her then-boyfriend, who was allegedly texting while driving, has won a $4.3 ...

    • 1:02 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Lawyer says Americans accused of murder in Indonesia under suicide watch

    Bali, Indonesia — An American couple arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in Indonesia are being held ...

    • 8:40 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Fighting in eastern Ukraine kills 43 in 24 hours

    Kiev, Ukraine — Government troops fought to gain control of the rebel-held city of Donetsk and a key highway in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday — battles that ...

    • 7:31 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Macy's to pay $650K in shopper-profiling probe

    Albany, N.Y. — The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.

    • 7:10 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

    Seoul, South Korea — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John ...

    • 12:24 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    George W. Bush takes ALS ice bucket challenge

    Kennebunkport, Maine — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

    • 10:53 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslides

    Tokyo — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving ...

    • 7:42 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests

    Islamabad — Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister ...

    • 12:44 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    London — Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few ...

    • 7:49 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Pope Francis: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    Vatican City — Saying 'even the pope has a family,' Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the ...

    • 9:16 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    United flight diverted to Nashville due to cracked windshield

    Nashville, Tenn. — A United Airlines flight has landed safely in Nashville, Tennessee after a crack was found in the plane's windshield.

    • 6:32 AM, Aug. 20, 2014

    111-year-old from Japan recognized as world's oldest man

    Tokyo — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.

    • 4:52 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

    Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to 'allow peace to settle in' and pledged several actions to reconnect with the ...

    • 10:30 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    U.S. officials: Islamic extremists' video shows American journalist's execution

    Washington Two U.S. officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the victim executed by Islamic State militants as shown in a grisly video released ...

    • 4:51 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

    A large crowd has gathered at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a reported convenience store robbery.

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Kids' brains reorganize when learning math skills

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. Steve Ruark / APWashington — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. -- Read More

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