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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

Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.... 11/27/2014 3:32 AM

Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1 1/2 to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.... 11/27/2014 12:32 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

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 12:34 AM

Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth
DENVER (AP) -- A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today.... 11/26/2014 9:28 PM

Humane Society offers reward in Alaska dog hanging
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed, the organization said Wednesday.... 11/27/2014 1:04 AM