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Holder says he understands mistrust of police
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- 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.... 8/21/2014 12:02 AM

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.... 8/20/2014 8:18 PM

Slain American journalist remembered as driven
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.... 8/20/2014 8:02 PM

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:10 PM

In deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges
NEW YORK (AP) -- Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed.... 8/20/2014 11:40 AM

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling.... 8/20/2014 7:42 PM

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia - at least for now - after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.... 8/20/2014 6:44 PM

Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) -- 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.... 8/20/2014 9:26 PM

States' leading lethal injection expert ends role
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods, creating another hurdle for corrections departments scrambling to find workable execution systems.... 8/20/2014 5:31 PM

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 4:18 PM