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Obama appeals for ‘peace and calm’ in Ferguson

  EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday, Aug. 14, appealed for “peace and calm” on the streets of a St. Louis suburb besieged by violent clashes between police and crowds protesting the shooting death of an unarmed teenager. “I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson and there are certainly passionate [...]

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Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

  FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, Aug. 13, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the [...]

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New leads in old slaying of sailors in Puerto Rico

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Juan Galloza Acevedo was living a quiet retirement near the suburbs of Puerto Rico’s capital when his radical past finally caught up with him. Galloza got a call from local police, telling him his car had been in an accident and he needed to come to the station. [...]

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Venezuelan hero Bolivar gets blockbuster treatment

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Latin America’s greatest hero is finally getting a big-budget, Hollywood-style epic befitting his towering stature. Simon Bolivar, who led the liberation of much of South America from the Spanish in the early 19th century, is the subject of “The Liberator,” a two-hour epic that is among the costliest movies ever [...]

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Woman tried 3 times to get past airport security

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket tried at least three times that day to breach airport security before she managed to board the plane, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday, August 6. It was the San Jose airport’s second [...]

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Botswana, a rare refuge for elephants

  CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana (AP) — No sign of an elephant in all of two minutes, a tourist teased a guide at Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to tens of thousands of elephants. A minute later, their vehicle cleared a knot of shrubs and elephants loomed ahead beside the dusty road. Such joking wouldn’t [...]

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Survivors dug out from China quake that killed 398

  KUNMING, China (AP) — Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday, August 4, as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days. About 12,000 homes collapsed when [...]

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Colorado: Bar discriminated against man in drag

  DENVER (AP) — A popular Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag, Colorado regulators said in a decision that could become more common as anti-discrimination laws increasingly include gender identity. The civil rights division of the state’s Department of Regulatory [...]

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Virginia chosen for filming of television pilot

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has been chosen as the location to film a pilot for a television series about a Virginia family whose lives are torn apart by the Civil War. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says a division of ABC Studios is co-producing Point of Honor with Amazon Studios. Filming will take place [...]

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Gannett splits publishing, broadcasting in two

  Gannett is splitting its broadcast and publishing business in two, joining other major media players in allowing fast growing TV and digital operations to operate more freely and not be weighed down by the declining newspaper business. The media company also announced Tuesday that it would take full ownership of Cars.com for $1.8 billion. [...]

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Public transit in Hampton Roads eyes major changes

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A light-rail train known as The Tide departs downtown Norfolk during the afternoon rush hour. It carries scores of passengers who want to avoid driving on the region’s notoriously congested roadways on their way back to VirginiaBeach, the state’s largest city. As the train zips alongside a gridlocked Interstate 264, it [...]

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