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Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.... 11/27/2014 3:40 AM

In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy
Michael Brown spent part of his last morning chatting with some workmen about Jesus. Police officer Darren Wilson got a call to help a feverish child. Dorian Johnson got up at 7 a.m. with the intention of getting breakfast for his girlfriend.... 11/26/2014 11:39 PM

Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine.... 11/27/2014 6:44 AM

Thanksgiving: Turkey, parades, shopping deals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving.... 11/27/2014 6:15 AM

Family: Boy's fatal shooting could have been avoided
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said surveillance video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive.... 11/27/2014 6:43 AM

Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took her place in our chicken coop.... 11/26/2014 8:44 PM

Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms
Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast.... 11/27/2014 4:36 AM

Snow makes Thanksgiving travel `a little hairy'
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.... 11/26/2014 11:59 PM

FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) -- More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.... 11/26/2014 5:33 PM

Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.... 11/27/2014 6:31 AM