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Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to complete his service."


Attorney: Ferguson grand jury has reached decision
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, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said Monday. The panel has been considering charges against Darren Wilson, the white suburban St. Louis officer who fatally shot the black 18-year-old after a confrontation in August.


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. ---


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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. ---


Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July
VIENNA (AP) - Still facing significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the deadline Monday and extended their talks for seven more months. The move gives both sides breathing space to work out an agreement but may be badly received by skeptics in the United States, since it extends more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear prowess.


Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'
CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who appeared to be pulling a gun in and out of his pants.


GOP wisdom shifts on immigration
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform." It was critical for the party's survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation's surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order last week, some of the Republican Party's most prominent governors - likely presidential candidates among them - described immigration reform as little more than an afterthought.


Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A nor'easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. "I would pack your patience," said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York.


Kerouac letter discovery shows poet didn't toss it
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey. For more than 50 years, Gerd Stern had been wrongly accused of tossing what Kerouac called "the greatest piece of writing I ever saw" over the side of a houseboat.


Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that - given time - they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine.

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