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Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

Dwayne Isgrig pulls his children through the street while taking part in a protest in FergusonBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago. By nightfall, a small group of about 30 protesters marched along the street that has been the center of demonstrations since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, where the majority of residents are black and most elected officials and police are white. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. Brown's death focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in Florida in 2012.



Released U.S. hostage says overwhelmed by welcome home

Curtis, an American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria, talks to reporters near his mother's home in CambridgeAn American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, returned to the United States late Tuesday after being released on Sunday. He was captured in 2012 and held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria and rivals to the militant group Islamic State.



California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

Camera drone flown by Wilson flies near the scene where two buildings were destroyed in an explosion, in the East Harlem section in New York CityBy AARON MENDELSON SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft, or drone, except in emergencies such as a fire or a hostage-taking. Other public agencies would be able to use drones, or contract for their use, to achieve their "core mission," so long as that mission is not to gather criminal intelligence.



Lawyer can't drop case of mom of autistic teen

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff shows Kelli Stapleton. Lawyers representing Stapleton, who is accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, have asked to withdraw from the case. But the Traverse City Record-Eagle says a judge denied the request on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, File)BEULAH, Mich. (AP) ? A defense lawyer has been ordered to stay on the case of a Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, despite a "total breakdown" in their relationship.



McDonnell daughter testifies on parents' marriage

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin Young arrive at federal court, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The defense in her corruption case is expected to rest today. McDonnell and his husband Bob, the former Virginia Governor, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.



2 Chicago men sue taxi company over brief kiss

CHICAGO (AP) ? Two Chicago men sued a taxi company this week, alleging a driver tried to kick them out of his cab because they shared a short kiss.


Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount ParkA man who had been stabbed 9 times told police he was tied up and driven around before he and two other bound men were thrown into the river.



Bankrupt Detroit offered bigger loan secured by art

A visitor stops to look at a painting by Picasso at the Detroit Institute of Arts in DetroitA New York-based specialty finance group is ready to loan Detroit as much as $4 billion, double its previous offer, if the bankrupt city uses the masterpieces in its art museum as collateral, according to a new proposal that surfaced this week. Art Capital Group, which offered to loan the city $2 billion earlier this year, doubled the offer based on a recent appraisal that determined the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) collection was worth more than $8 billion. "We're prepared to provide a loan, secured by the art collection, that is a balanced, fair and equitable solution for the city so that it can emerge from bankruptcy with the money it needs to secure a better future," Montieth M. Illingworth, spokesman for Art Capital, said in a statement. Notable works at the DIA include Pieter Bruegel's The Wedding Dance, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Straw Hat and Rembrandt's The Visitation.



Pedestrian struck on Route 202 in Wilmington

Pedestrian struck on Route 202 in WilmingtonPolice are investigating after a pedestrian was struck on Route 202 in Wilmington.



Police: Wife dies after husband shoots her, self in Stratford hospital

Police: Wife dies after husband shoots her, self in Stratford hospitalInvestigators say a woman has died after her husband shot her, then himself, inside a hospital room in Stratford, New Jersey.