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Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

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ST. LOUIS - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago.

Released U.S. hostage says overwhelmed by welcome home

WASHINGTON - An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday.

10:46am EDT

California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance.

Politics, 1:42am EDT

American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

LOS ANGELES - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Syria, Iraq 12:36am EDT

Insurers pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare: study

- When Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additional tax revenue for the U.S. government, a left-leaning think tank said on Wednesday.

Health 12:20am EDT

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing west of rain-lashed Bermuda

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.

Santa Fe moves a step closer to decriminalizing marijuana

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. - Santa Fe took a step towards decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday when the county commission agreed to put the issue up for a vote in November.

12:31am EDT

Detroit resumes water shutoffs for unpaid bills

DETROIT - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit resumed on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past-due bills, city officials said.

26 Aug 2014

Suspect in L.A. drive-by killings charged with two other shootings

LOS ANGELES - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said.

26 Aug 2014

Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse in youth program

PORTLAND Ore. - Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed a known pedophile to head the program and failed to remove him despite abuse allegations.

26 Aug 2014

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