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Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

FERGUSON, Mo. — Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

African elephants’ plight worsens as poaching soars

NAIROBI, Kenya — Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest land mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

Hospitals reassess charity care

As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t.

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they’re trying to help them, not hurt them.

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

Cost of school supplies on the rise

YAKIMA — Pens, pencils and crayons aplenty. The latest notebook computers at discounted prices. An alarming amount of hand sanitizers and hand wipes flying off shelves.

Shrinking revenue spurs gas tax alternatives

Since the federal gas tax was last increased to 18.4 cents per gallon in 1993, inflation has eroded its value by 40 percent.

WASHINGTON — It was the potholes that convinced real estate broker Lester Friedman that there had to be a better way to pay for road construction and repairs.

Texas Gov. Perry calls his indictment an abuse of power

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment.

Missouri governor declares emergency, sets curfew in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in a St. Louis suburb where police and protesters have clashed in the week since a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer.

Islamists execute scores of Yazidi men for refusing to convert to Islam in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area.

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

PIERRE, S.D — Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

Chicano muralist Emigdio Vasquez dies at 75

LOS ANGELES — Emigdio Vasquez, a renowned Chicano muralist and painter in Southern California’s Orange County whose pieces captured the reality and grittiness of everyday life, has died. He was 75.

Huge crowds greet the pope at martyr beatification in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors’ willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.

Critics: Twitter serves as hotbed for hate speech

Twitter said in a statement it is looking to change its harassment policies.

In 2009, Jennifer Pozner was dealing with a big problem on Twitter. The executive director of the women’s advocacy group Women in Media and News, Pozner was used to insults and criticism. But this one was special: a person who made new Twitter accounts every day to harass her.

Seniors find savings, as well as friends, in home-sharing program

As baby boomers age and struggle to afford their homes, programs matching senior housemates take off.

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do.