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AP Top U.S. News At 9:27 p.m. EDT

New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?...

Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries
A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9....

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science....

Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer
NEW YORK (AP) -- John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday....

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Friday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors in federal court....

Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants....

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists....

Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children....

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak
ATLANTA (AP) -- As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus....

Policeman accused of serial sex assault on patrol
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol - picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, according to an affidavit released Friday....

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Alaska troopers: Girl drowns in bucket of water

Man who at pot candy must stand trial in killing

Bond set at $825K for accused Tulsa officer

Governors: Deal may come soon in supermarket feud

Missing Russian found dead in Grand Teton park

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

ND teacher of the year charged with 5 felonies

Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

Fort Hood officer to face trial by court martial

9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships