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Sexual assault task force created for Va. colleges

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A task force to combat sexual assaults on Virginia’s college campuses has been created by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe signed an executive order Thursday creating the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. The task force will include campus administrators, advocates, law enforcement, higher education attorneys, health professionals and [...]

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Mo’ne Davis brings big ratings to Little League

  BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis’ latest start drew record-setting television viewership for the Little League World Series. Her game Wednesday night attracted the largest audience for the event on ESPN, the network said Thursday. The 8-1 loss by Davis’ Philadelphia team to Las Vegas earned a 3.1 rating and was watched [...]

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Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The deal calls for the bank, the second-largest in the U.S., to pay a $5 billion cash penalty, [...]

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American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

    ATLANTA (AP) — As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn’t spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus. [...]

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Stocks dip on Ukraine, ahead of Yellen talk

  NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were opening slight lower Friday, as investors wait for a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Investors were also monitoring the situation in Ukraine, where a Russian convoy entered Ukraine without permission. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 22 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,016 as [...]

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As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

  WASHINGTON (AP) — When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years later, the stalemate suddenly seems more entrenched [...]

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Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley’s killer

  LONDON (AP) — The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues as they [...]

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Questions, answers about use of force by police

  FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. Here is a look at some of the issues involved when officers must decide whether to use force, [...]

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‘Change is coming’ after police shooting

  CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday, August 13, in suburban St. Louis, a few miles from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and a small group of protesters gathered outside a building where a grand jury was expected to begin hearing evidence [...]

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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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