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Police identify officer, allege teen robbed store
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.
A night in Ferguson
For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald's a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown's shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby.
Most Republican House districts are majority-white
Significant numbers of conservatives, and white Americans in general, admit to feeling discomfort at the prospect of a non-majority white America. These views are even stronger among Tea Party-aligned conservatives.
Why the Ferguson police-shooting riots had little to do with Ferguson
Riots and vandalism broke out in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. An 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown was fatally shot by police there. Brown was unarmed. It's still unclear why tensions boiled over.
Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Welcome to Wal-Mart, the doctor will see you now
As its retail business matures into slower growth, Wal-Mart Stores wants to disrupt another mass market: health care.
Tattletales turn to Twitter to shame water wasters
California's record drought has unleashed a flood of social-media tattletales. Vigilantes armed with cameraphones prowl neighborhoods from San Diego to San Francisco documenting sprinklers running freely, runoff flowing from saturated lawns and other water-wasters.
For some, pregnancy is heavy-duty work
A growing number of cases shows that, despite a long history of pregnant women working and a 1978 law to prohibit pregnancy discrimination, workplaces, courts and doctors still disagree on some pretty fundamental questions: What can expectant workers safely handle, particularly in physically demanding jobs?
When doctors compete, do you win?
To Medibid founder Ralph Weber, using the Internet to arrange non-emergency medical care is long overdue. Americans, he says, are increasingly going online to book travel and even find a mate. His service enables them to strip away the opacity that surrounds health-care pricing.
Sales tax holidays: Beloved by many, except economists
For children across the country, the beginning of August signals another school year right around the corner. For parents, it means mandatory shopping trips for school supplies and clothes. And, in a handful of states, those parents can save some cash, thanks to holidays that exempt those purchases from sales tax.
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