May 27, 2016

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Mother of Michael Brown pens story

ST. LOUIS — Lezley McSpadden was taking a cigarette break from her grocery store job when a friend called to say someone had been shot in the street near Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson. Within minutes, her cellphone rang again. It was a family member declaring the victim was McSpadden’s 18-year-old son, Michael Brown. The shooter Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, April 20

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Grieving and devastated Ecuador hit with another earthquake A magnitude-6.1 temblor struck in the early morning hours off the coast of Muisne, just days after a massive 7.8-magnitude quake killed more than 500 people. 2. What resounding Read More…

With government approval of consent decree, reforms could come swiftly to Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — Reforms are expected to begin quickly in Ferguson now that a federal judge has approved a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Federal Judge Catherine Perry issued her ruling Tuesday approving the agreement after a lengthy public Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, April 19

1. Trump, Clinton ready for ‘home game’ primaries The front-runners hope to emerge victorious in New York, contests that offer big delegate hauls and an opportunity for them to inch closer to their parties’ nominations. 2. Taliban launches attack on key Afghan security agency Armed militants stage a coordinated assault on a government office in Read More…

Last hearing is scheduled in Department of Justice settlement with Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — After months of negotiations and some late push and pull over the cost, the last public hearing is set for Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s settlement with Ferguson that calls for sweeping changes in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by police. Giving people one Read More…

First Syrians arrive in United States under surge resettlement program

AMMAN, Jordan — The first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up “surge operation” for refugees left Jordan on Wednesday and arrived in Kansas City, Missouri, to start a new life. Ahmad al-Abboud, who is being resettled with his wife and five children, said he is thankful to Jordan, where he Read More…

Battle between religious, gay rights splinters GOP’s social conservatives, pro-business

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican lawmakers upset about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage have advanced measures in about a dozen states this year that could strengthen protections for those who refuse on religious grounds to provide services to same-sex couples. The bills could benefit court clerks, photographers, florists, bakers, wedding-hall operators and others Read More…

Justice Department takes Ferguson to court over settlement rejection

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. In suing the city, which took a high-stakes gamble by rejecting a Read More…

Ferguson city officials draw criticism by asking for changes to Department of Justice settlement

FERGUSON, Mo. — The Ferguson City Council has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for seven changes to a deal to reform the city’s courts and policing systems, a move that drew swift criticism from both the department and many residents. In a unanimous vote, the council on Tuesday night moved to amend the proposed Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, Feb. 2

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GOP candidates eye New Hampshire momentum as Dems gird for long fight Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are emerging from Iowa with claims to the outsider and mainstream mantles in the Republican primary, while the Democratic contest Read More…