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U.S. missionary still physically recovering after Ebola, son says

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WASHINGTON - A U.S. missionary who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia is better after being released from an Atlanta hospital but still regaining her strength, her son said on Friday.

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

FERGUSON Mo. - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen nearly two weeks ago. | Video

World, 7:38am EDT

Journalist Foley's parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action

ROME - The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters.

People 8:24am EDT

Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio's New York

NEW YORK - It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers killing an unarmed black man.

Politics, 8:07am EDT

Washington state motorists stranded after floods, mudslides

SEATTLE - Heavy rainfall in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed highways, a forecaster said on Friday.

Environment 6:44am EDT

Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

TAMPA Fla. - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state.

Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The online news publication that employed slain U.S. journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would execute him in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes.

21 Aug 2014

U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department violated U.S. law by failing to alert Congress before releasing five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay military prison in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, a government watchdog agency said on Thursday.

World 21 Aug 2014

University of Colorado fights turning over records in theater massacre case

DENVER - The University of Colorado is fighting attempts by lawyers defending accused cinema gunman James Holmes to turn over records that public defenders say the school was trying to hide about its former student, court documents show.

21 Aug 2014

Friend of Boston bomb suspect may get seven-year term in plea deal

BOSTON - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years.

21 Aug 2014

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