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Congress considers review of police military gear

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL (WASHINGTON, AP) — Lawmakers said Tuesday they were considering doing more to monitor and hold accountable police departments across the United States that obtain sophisticated military…

US to investigate Ferguson police

By ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last…

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

By CAROLYN THOMPSON (BUFFALO, N.Y. AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try…

Bound bodies of 2 found in Philly river; 3rd hurt

By SEAN CARLIN (PHILADELPHIA, AP) — The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape, stabbed and weighed down with makeshift anchors were pulled from a river…

Rain delays Burning Man voyagers at Reno Wal-Mart

By SCOTT SONNER (RENO, Nev., AP) — Hundreds of travelers on the road to Burning Man in their quest for oneness with nature and celebration of self-expression on a peaceful…

5 things to know about case against Texas’ Perry

By PAUL J. WEBER (AUSTIN, Texas, AP) — In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have…

Obama in Washington for meetings on Iraq, Missouri

By JULIE PACE (WASHINGTON, AP) — Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama returned to work at the White House Monday, replacing images of him bicycling and…

US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light…

Cops: Amish girls kidnapped by more than 1 person

By GEORGE M. WALSH (ALBANY, N.Y., AP) — A New York sheriff says two young Amish sisters now safe at home were kidnapped from their family farm stand and police…

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

By MATTHEW DALY (WASHINGTON, AP) — Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a…