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Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest
CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager....

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday....

Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law....

Obama pitches immigration steps in his hometown
CHICAGO (AP) -- Selling his executive action on immigration, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that contributions to the U.S. by a broad patchwork of immigrants help justify the steps he took to protect workers illegally in the country....

A look at what's ahead in the Ferguson case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A St. Louis County grand jury declined Monday to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision resolves one aspect of the case, but additional investigations remain and the community for months has been bracing for demonstrations in anticipation of the grand jury's decision....

Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown....

Tough to make a case against police in shootings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case....

Judge: FEC improperly narrowed disclosure rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Election Commission impermissibly narrowed disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications, the political ads that run close to an election, a federal judge ruled Tuesday....

Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising....

Ed Dept. seek to improve teacher prep programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates....

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about Ferguson, Mo., before speaking at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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