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Nixon orders withdrawal of National Guard from Ferguson

posted: 08/21/2014 1:23 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

U.S. workers with Ebola out of hospital, aids group say

updated: 08/21/2014 10:17 a.m. Discuss

ATLANTA — The two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital where they were treated, the aid groups they were working for said Thursday.

U.S. airstrikes fly anew after decapitation

posted: 08/21/2014 5:05 a.m. Comments 4

The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants, launching a new series of airstrikes against the extremist group that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria and beheaded a U.S. journalist, despite its threats to kill another American hostage.

Holder visits Ferguson to ease tensions

posted: 08/21/2014 5:02 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson on Wednesday and met with students, community leaders and federal investigators as the St. Louis County prosecutor opened grand jury hearings in the fatal police shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Navy to boot 34 in long-running reactor-school cheating ring

posted: 08/21/2014 4:51 a.m. Discuss

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear-power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program said.

Stagehand union, Met Opera in tune

posted: 08/21/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

New York City’s Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions.

New Orleans' new norm: Charter schools

posted: 08/21/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.

Less sex, more birth control cut teen birthrate to all-time low in '13

posted: 08/21/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex.

High Court stays Virginia gay nuptials

posted: 08/21/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Police free hostages, arrest 2 near Chicago

posted: 08/21/2014 4:40 a.m. Discuss

About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police said began as a robbery attempt.

Slain journalist remembered

posted: 08/21/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/21/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

McDonnell testifies in corruption trial RICHMOND, Va. -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took the stand Wednesday in his own defense, testifying at his public corruption trial about his sometimes volatile relationship with his wife, Maureen.

Names and faces

posted: 08/21/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

Seth Meyers is no stranger to live television. For years he anchored "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live. Nor is playing host on TV an alien experience.

In the news

posted: 08/21/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

George W. Bush, the former president, was doused by ice water in the ALS ice bucket challenge that raises awareness and funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and nominated his predecessor, Bill Clinton, to get wet, too.

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix, researchers find

posted: 08/20/2014 1:19 p.m. Comments 5

New research finds that humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix.

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