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St. Louis awaits grand jury decision on Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. In a brief email to reporters, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said the decision would be announced at 8 p.m. at the downtown courthouse in the St. Louis County seat of Clayton. He offered no other details.


Fears of major flooding in snowbound Buffalo ease
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Fears of disastrous flooding from a rapid meltdown of the Buffalo area's 7 feet of snow eased on Monday, but high winds became a menace, threatening to knock down trees and power lines. Forecasters, meanwhile, defended the National Weather Service following criticism from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who accused the agency of failing to anticipate how bad Buffalo's epic snowstorm would be.


Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he's leaving.


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Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ---


Key figures in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August - a death that stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. ---


Answers to questions about the Ferguson grand jury
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri grand jury heard evidence for months as it weighed whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which was followed by sometimes violent protests. Some answers to common questions about the grand jury: ---


Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management. The president said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to complete his service."


Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July
VIENNA (AP) - A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do - limit Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon. Pushback from critics in Congress followed almost immediately, with powerful Republicans saying that Iran is merely trying to buy time.


Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers
JERUSALEM (AP) - Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do. A wrecking crew gutted her family's apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind a thick layer of debris.


Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits
TOKYO (AP) - When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided last week against walloping Japanese with another tax hike, it was cause for worry not celebration among the country's young. Despite the government trying everything short of dropping money from helicopters, the economy that is home to manufacturing titan Toyota, pop culture icons such as Hello Kitty and the famous dancing Asimo robot, had slipped into recession.