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Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

| |Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Officials say they have 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.

Hunters snag 1K-pound alligator, an Alabama record

|Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.

Gov. Perry indicted, accused of coercion, abusing power

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers predict he’ll be cleared of felony charges stemming from his veto of funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit.

Curfew, emergency declared in Missouri

| |Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state will not allow looters to endanger the community where Michael Brown, 18, was shot in a street.

Perry blasts felony indictment as ‘outrageous’

| |Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Democrats say they hope the controversy will help them in November, as the Texas governor launches a counteroffensive over Friday’s grand jury indictment.

Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Police and about 200 protesters clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri late Friday after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb that included authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and releasing documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

US doctor with Ebola says he's recovering

|Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

A former resident at JPS in Fort Worth who was infected with Ebola while working in western Africa says he is "recovering in every way" and holding onto the hope of a reunion with his family.

For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

| |Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president.

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

| |Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer.

A birthday card to our son, Austin Tice, missing in Syria

| |Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Two years ago Thursday, freelance journalist Austin Tice of Houston was captured in Syria. He was working for McClatchy, The Washington Post, CBS and other media outlets. McClatchy, the parent company of the Star-Telegram, asked Tice’s parents, Debra and Marc Tice of Houston, to share their thoughts.