Government and politics
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.