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Stay in at night, Ferguson urges

Leaders pledge outreach to city’s blacks; streets fill as dark falls

Subscriber onlyFerguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. Continue reading...

Rove-backed group sets Colorado focus

Subscriber onlyThe Republican establishment's favorite political machine is adding Colorado to the states where it will be advertising this fall, booking more than $6 million in television time and taking its post-Labor Day media budget to more than $26 million. Continue reading...

Residents returning as firefighters slow California blaze

Subscriber onlyOfficials said Tuesday evening that they had gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes. Continue reading...

Smithsonian adds sexual-path items

Subscriber onlyHundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, bisexual and transgender people were added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show Will & Grace. Continue reading...

School-attack plot thwarted, police say

Subscriber onlyInvestigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staff members and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday. Continue reading...

GOP eases off strategy of hitting health care law

Subscriber onlyRepublicans seeking to unseat the Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top-issue ads citing President Barack Obama's health care law. Continue reading...

Hold put on age cap for Louisiana posts

Subscriber onlyLouisiana court officials who face new age restrictions that could oust them from office will be allowed to sign up for re-election bids this week. Continue reading...

Sleeping camper, drive-by gunman die on Oregon beach parking lot

Subscriber only A Michigan man who decided to camp at the Oregon coast after exhibiting at a local recreational vehicle show was shot and killed as he slept by a drive-by gunman who shot up five vehicles in the beach parking lot before fatally turning his gun on himself, authorities said Tuesday. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyNYC grand jury set in fatal chokehold NEW YORK -- The Staten Island district attorney will open a grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, who died during an encounter with plainclothes police officers last month. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyTaylor Swift is saying goodbye to country music, for now: The singer says she's releasing her first full-length pop album on Oct. 27. The 24-year-old revealed in a live video stream via Yahoo on Monday that 1989, named for her birth year, is her "first documented official pop album." Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyRick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, was booked in Austin on two felony counts of abuse of power regarding his carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public-corruption prosecutors, a case he has dismissed as a political ploy. Continue reading...

Missouri calls out its Guard; Holder to visit

Governor removes curfew

Subscriber onlyFERGUSON, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew in this embattled city Monday, hours after deploying the Missouri National Guard, as officials struggle to control unrest that has paralyzed the community since an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer. Continue reading...

Ex-Sen. Jeffords, whose party flip overturned Senate, dies

Subscriber onlyMONTPELIER, Vt. -- Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Continue reading...

Clinton to headline Iowa steak fry

Fundraiser commitment fuels speculation of ’16 campaign

Subscriber onlyHillary Rodham Clinton will return to the political circuit next month by headlining Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola, Iowa, the former secretary of state's most public campaign-style venture since she helped Barack Obama win the presidency in 2008. Continue reading...

Judge declines to issue Perry warrant

Instead of arrest, Texas governor to receive summons on 2-count indictment

Subscriber onlyAUSTIN, Texas -- A judge isn't issuing an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, and the Republican is planning to continue traveling around the country to gear up for a possible 2016 presidential run -- despite being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power back home. Continue reading...

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