Holder arrives in Ferguson after police shooting

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson Wednesday to meet with federal investigators and reassure residents of the suburban St. Louis community torn by several nights of racial unrest since the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

| |Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.

Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

| |Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

| |Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Investigators 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 staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

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.