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In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:51:00 -0400
The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials. 
Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400
As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there. 
In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:43:00 -0400
As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities. 
Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:26:00 -0400
Heroin and prescription drug overdoses are the scourge of some American suburbs. Advocacy groups are trying to raise awareness of the problem with a traveling display of headstones. 
Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:29 -0400
Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. 
With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:00 -0400
The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough. 
California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:32:00 -0400
Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees. 
White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:56:00 -0400
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the beheading of American journalist James Foley is tantamount to an act of terror against the U.S. 
First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:33:00 -0400
There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face. 
'More That Could Have Been Done' To Help Foley, His Brother Says  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:53:00 -0400
Faulting the U.S. approach to hostage situations like the one his brother, James Foley, was in, Michael Foley says, "We are sitting on prisoners in Guantanamo. It doesn't even have to be financial." 
Chinese Fighter Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane In 'Dangerous Intercept'  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:40:00 -0400
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Chinese warplane made several close passes by an American P-8 Poseidon, doing a barrel roll and flying wingtip to wingtip in an "aggressive" manner. 
Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:11:00 -0400
Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks. 
U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:48 -0400
The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, the Government Accountability Office says. 
Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400
A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity. 
Emotional Distress A Worry As Kids Go Back To School In Ferguson  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400
One elementary school is less than a mile away from the protest zone where there have been nightly clashes with police. So for some kids, the first day of school might be more stressful than usual.