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Beheading Video Sets Off Debate Over How — Or Whether — To Portray It

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A video that shows an American journalist being beheaded by extremist militants has sparked outrage, along with arguments over whether the images should be restricted online.

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A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent in Ferguson last night, as protesters and police avoided clashes that have marred demonstrations over an unarmed teen's death in the St. Louis suburb.

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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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Think Tank Apologizes For 'Unconscionable' Tweet To Amnesty

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said an intern had accidentally used the organization's account to respond to a tweet from Amnesty International.

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Castro's Niece Casts Rare 'No' Vote In Parliament, Citing Gay Rights

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cuba's parliament isn't big on dissent. But Mariela Castro, daughter of the country's president — and niece of Fidel Castro — is making waves for rejecting a workers' rights bill.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.

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Forensic Experts Discuss 6 Bullets That Hit Michael Brown

Monday, August 18, 2014

Only one of the teenager's wounds was not survivable, pathologist Dr. Michael Baden says. The preliminary findings of his autopsy show the teenager was shot at least six times in Ferguson, Mo.

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Ferguson Update: National Guard Deployed, School Postponed

Monday, August 18, 2014

Members of the National Guard have arrived in the St. Louis area, one day after the suburb of Ferguson saw new violence at a protest over an unarmed teenager killed by police.

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WikiLeaks' Assange Says He'll Leave Embassy In London

Monday, August 18, 2014

Citing health concerns, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he'll leave Ecuador's embassy, where he has lived for more than two years. He faces potential criminal charges in Sweden and the U.S.

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'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics

Friday, August 15, 2014

Instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas, police walked with them.

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How People In Ferguson See The Police in Ferguson

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Some residents say that even before Ferguson police killed a teenager, they saw the police as a potential threat. Increasingly this week, they're seeing the police in military gear.

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Mo. Highway Patrol Takes Over Security In Ferguson, Governor Says

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Protesters have clashed with local police in the St. Louis suburb for days over the shooting of an unarmed teen. The police response so far, including arrests of two journalists, has drawn criticism.

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC Telecast

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The arachnid made quick work of the bug and retreated back off-camera — but not before it surprised viewers and entertained many on Twitter and elsewhere.

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In A Shift, China Allows Pope Francis To Use Its Airspace For Asia Trip

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Vatican hasn't had formal relations with China since 1949, when the communists took charge. Pope Francis is flying to South Korea today for a five-day visit.

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Race Relations 'Top Priority' In Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Says

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Since an unarmed teen was shot and killed by police Saturday, the St. Louis suburb has been the site of protests. Police Chief Thomas Jackson urged protesters to be peaceful and end rallies at dark.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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In Missouri City, Calls For Justice, And Calm, After Teen's Death

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Citing safety concerns, police in the St. Louis suburb where police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager Saturday say they won't release the name of the officer who fired the shots.

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Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague Airport

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A traveler wins fans in an airport terminal — and online — by playing different versions of Beethoven's "Für Elise."

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Ebola Update: Spanish Priest Dies; WHO Gives OK To Experimental Drugs

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ebola continues to spread in West Africa. The latest figures from the World Health Organization cite 1,848 cases of the deadly disease across the region, and 1,013 deaths.

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People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?

Monday, August 11, 2014

A killing in suburban St. Louis leads people to tweet "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might seem like a troublemaker.

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