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Missouri gov's Ferguson response widely criticized

Records show Missouri governor criticized from all sides after Ferguson shooting
David A. Lieb And Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As protests mounted following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, so too did the public frustration directed at Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — seemingly, no matter what action he took.

AP Interview: Browns unmoved by chief's apology

AP Interview: Michael Brown's parents unmoved by police chief's apology, call for his firing
Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The parents of Michael Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday they were unmoved by the apology given by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.

Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said, "yes," when asked if Chief Tom Jackson should be fired, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said rather than an apology, they would rather see the officer who shot their son arrested for his Aug. 9 death.

HK activists start bigger protest amid standoff

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders start bigger protest amid student standoff with police
Joanna Chiu And Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

HONG KONG - Hong Kong activists kicked off a long-threatened mass civil disobedience protest Sunday to challenge Beijing over restrictions on voting reforms, escalating the battle for democracy in the former British colony after police arrested dozens of student demonstrators.

New mom Chelsea Clinton celebrates baby daughter

New mom Chelsea Clinton celebrates daughter's birth; 1st grandchild for the Clinton family
Ken Thomas, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are "blessed, grateful, and so happy" to become grandparents.

Their daughter, Chelsea, gave birth Friday night to her first child, Charlotte.

Chelsea Clinton announced the news on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are "full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky."

UK warplanes on 1st mission since strikes approved

UK warplanes start 1st mission since Parliament approved airstrikes on Islamic State group
The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's Ministry of Defence says warplanes have taken off for their first combat mission over Iraq since Parliament approved airstrikes targeting the Islamic state group.

The Tornado GR4 aircraft took off from RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus on Saturday, hours after Britain joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes against the extremists.

The Ministry of Defence says that the Tornados "are now ready to be used in an attack role as and when appropriate targets are identified."

Britain joins fight against Islamic State group

Britain, Denmark, Belgium join the fight against Islamic State militants
Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain, Belgium and Denmark on Friday joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, committing warplanes to the struggle against the extremists.

Teacher gets 10 years in custody in student rape

US teacher gets 10 years in custody in student rape case that led to censure of judge
Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. - A Montana teacher was sentenced Friday to 10 years in custody in a student rape case that led to the censure of a judge who partially blamed the victim.

Stacey Dean Rambold, 55, was resentenced by Judge Randal Spaulding exactly a year after he completed an initial one-month prison term for the crime.

Five more years included in the new sentence were suspended.

US-led strikes hit IS group as coalition grows

US hits IS group in Syria and Iraq; Britain, Denmark and Belgium join coalition
Ryan Lucas, The Associated Press

BEIRUT - American warplanes and drones hit Islamic State group tanks, Humvees, checkpoints and bunkers in airstrikes Friday targeting the extremists in Syria and Iraq, as the U.S.-led coalition expanded to include Britain, Denmark and Belgium.

Mexico detains 8 soldiers in June killing of 22

Mexico's army detains 8 soldiers in killing of 22 gang suspects, alleges breach of duty
Peter Orsi, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - An army officer and seven soldiers have been detained in connection with the killing of 22 people in rural southern Mexico, authorities announced late Thursday.

The Mexican Defence Department said in a statement that the eight were involved in the June 30 incident in San Pedro Limon. They were being held at a prison in Mexico City on charges of crimes against military discipline, disobedience and breach of duty.

Police: Burglar kills accomplice over stolen items

Police: Burglar kills accomplice in SC after argument over how to split stolen goods
Jscrls, The Associated Press

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina authorities say a burglar fatally shot his accomplice after the two men argued about how to split up the stolen goods.

Police said in a news release that 46-year-old Wayne Jeffcoat was arrested Thursday and charged with murder.

Investigators say Jeffcoat was arguing with 41-year-old Steven Boone about 1:30 a.m. Thursday when the suspect grabbed a gun stolen during burglaries the two men had committed and shot the victim in the chest.

The coroner's office says Boone bled to death after the bullet hit his heart.

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