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Judge rules in favor of Normandy parents

Judge Michael Burton ruled Friday that the Pattonville, Ritenour and Francis Howell school districts must immediately allow the children of four families in the Normandy school district to return to their schools.

Ferguson police chief cedes much of his authority

Thomas Jackson's leadership has drawn wide criticism, both for the aggressive police response to the protesters and for his agency's erratic and infrequent releases of key information.

Officer's name begins to lift weeklong mystery

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson provided the name and said Darren Wilson had not been the focus of any public complaints. He declined to offer many details about Wilson's life or career but commended his police record and his demeanor.

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

A spokesman for the Defense Logistics Agency, the government's combat logistics support agency, said the Ferguson Police Department has been part of the surplus equipment program.

Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

The extra cost — a minuscule part of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's $3 billion annual budget — comes after the state's previous supplier refused to provide more of the powerful sedative last year, claiming it had become a target of execution opponents.

Rallies honor people who died at hands of police

In New York, thousands of people peacefully gathered in Manhattan's Times Square and Union Square, invoking the rallying cries "hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe," alluding to the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was placed in an officer's chokehold.

UDPATE: Police identify officer, allege teen robbed store

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting and stopped Michael Brown and a companion "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic."

American Royal wants Kemper Arena torn down

A competing proposal from developer Steve Foutch would reconfigure the 40-year-old, 18,000-seat Kemper in western Kansas City to be used mostly for youth sports.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson police officer, the city north of downtown St. Louis erupted into violent protests. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed.

Ferguson sparks conversations about police militarization, leadership, media

Conversation about the events in Ferguson have gained national attention on social media, and users of all stripes are weighing in on the issues the events in the St. Louis suburb have brought to the forefront.

UPDATE: Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

Nixon's promise to ease the deep racial tensions was swiftly put to the test as demonstrators gathered again Thursday evening in the neighborhood where looters smashed and burned businesses on Sunday and police repeatedly fired tear gas and smoke bombs.

UPDATE: For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

In his first in-person statement on the situation, Obama appealed Thursday for "peace and calm" in Ferguson and called for restraint by all involved.

UPDATE: Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond

The repeated scenes of police officers wearing military-style camouflage and gas masks and training their rifles on unarmed civilians — some holding their hands up — led critics to condemn the unusual show of force, suggesting it looks more like an Army trying to quell a revolution than a police department trying to keep the peace in a small suburb.

Driver sentenced to 30 years for wrong-way crash

Dennis Leporin, of Columbia, had pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder and other charges. He was sentenced Wednesday.

Missouri gains jobs but unemployment rate flat

Figures from the Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in July.

Illinois company is latest to test market for carp

The industry has grown to a point where some fish experts have begun to worry about what happens to carp businesses if they actually succeed in helping to wipe the species out.

Judge affirms award against Missouri diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph said Thursday it disputes many of the arbitrator's findings but would continue to honor a pledge to provide a safe environment for children.

Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting

Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and unrest that followed in the St. Louis suburb.

UPDATE: Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

While Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said he wanted to mend fences with the community, protesters were on the streets of Ferguson again Wednesday, facing heavily armed police who at time trained weapons on them from an armored truck.

Despite hackers, chief won't identify officer in shooting

Anonymous had pledged to create mischief with Ferguson's city computers if the name wasn't released, and representatives of the group have taken credit for the incident.