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Police arrest dozens overnight in Ferguson as prosecutors prepare case for grand jury

Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday, then charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved during an 11th night of protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Protests in the town of 21,000, a predominantly African-American suburb…

New wave of ultra-conservatives could spell more trouble for House Speaker Boehner

Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will “destroy” America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives…

Many Americans who left labor force want to return to work if economy improves

Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. “I’d be open to anything — learning a new trade or something. I don’t expect top wages. But…

Dandelion taproots yield milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles

Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source…

Wall Street Journal editor: Eric Holder should tell Ferguson protesters to ‘pull up their pants’

Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley criticized the impending arrival of Attorney General Eric Holder in Ferguson, Missouri on Tuesday, saying Holder was there as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to play “race-healer-in-chief.” “These looters and rioters do not need to hear from the attorney general that…

Activists point to outside agitators to blame for Ferguson violence

As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. The crowd shrunk as many of the older people slipped away. Protest hymns were replaced by the shouts of angry teens who marched against…

Russell Brand rips Fox News: It’s ‘part of the establishment’s propaganda arm’

Comedian Russell Brand hammered Fox News in an interview on Tuesday with Young Turks host Cenk Uygur, accusing the conservative network of blaming the disadvantaged for any perceived problem without drawing attention to people in positions of power. “I consider Fox News to be part of the establishment’s propaganda arm,”…

Gun sales are up, as Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read “Hands Up Don’t’ Shoot,” these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals…

Kroger supermarket chain pressured by both sides of ‘open carry’ gun debate

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) – Kroger Co, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the United States. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is…

WATCH LIVE: Demonstrations continue in Ferguson, Missouri after police crackdown

Demonstrations resumed on Tuesday night in Ferguson, Missouri, against police in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. The latest protest follows a chaotic scene on Monday night, in which police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at both protestors and media members. Reuters…

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