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Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge. More than 3 1/2 months have passed since police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown after a confrontation in the middle of a street in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting triggered riots and looting, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.


Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
WASHINGTON (AP) - A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be remembered for one night in 1990 when he was caught on video lighting a crack pipe in an FBI sting operation. In an instant, the then-mayor of the capital city was exposed as a drug user himself.


10 Things to Know for Monday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. UNCERTAINTY OVER FERGUSON GRAND JURY FEEDS ANXIETY


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Islamic State group recruits, exploits children
BEIRUT (AP) - Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists' headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods.


Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish
JERUSALEM (AP) - In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel's Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy debate that could bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's brittle coalition government, followed weeks of deadly Arab-Jewish violence and was denounced by critics as damaging to the country's democratic character and poorly timed at such a combustible moment.


Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt. Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Sunday.


Church members each get $500 to do good for world
CHICAGO (AP) - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, the pastor said, and $160,000 - a typical 10 percent tithe - would be divided among some 320 regular attendees. Each would get a $500 check to do something positive.


AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre - 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of "On The Road" and, during a three-week writing binge, revised his novel into a style similar to Cassady's, one that would become known as Beat literature.


Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips
WASHINGTON (AP) - An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips denied Sunday that he played any role in making them. Investigation records say his DNA was found on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to alter one of the phony chips, but previously undisclosed emails indicate that the presence of his DNA is not conclusive evidence that he was involved in the fakery.


Giants lead Cowboys 7-3 after first quarter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants grabbed a 7-3 lead over the Dallas Cowboys after the first quarter on Sunday night. The touchdown pass capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive after New York's defense forced a three-and-out on Tony Romo and the Cowboys' opening possession. It marked the second straight game the Giants have scored a touchdown on their opening drive after failing to do so in their previous 20 games.