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Obama struggles to find his role after Brown death

WASHINGTON — When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years later, the stalemate suddenly seems more entrenched than ever. As Obama pleads for calm and understanding in Ferguson, Missouri, he’s struggling to determine what role — if any — the nation’s first black president can play in defusing a crisis that has laid bare the profound sense of injustice felt by African-Americans across the country.

Busy mom has baby at school

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A mother in the advanced stages of labor thought she had just enough time to stop off and register her 4-year-old son at a Houston-area school en route to the hospital.

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US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

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Shuttering coal at home, sending it abroad

BOARDMAN — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.

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Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.

Raid targets pot grows on California tribal land

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — The Yurok tribe launched a large-scale raid Monday targeting illegal marijuana grows along the Klamath River that have threatened the reservation’s water supply and damaged its ecosystem.

Suspect runs into police academy

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.

Obamacare hit by ruling, subsidies continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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New map shows earthquake risk increase

New map dials up hazard for Ore., 15 states

Princess pleads on cockfighting

Gambling plea dismisses animal fighting charges

Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.

Military’s tobacco discount: Up in smoke

WASHINGTON (AP) — The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.

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House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters.

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

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Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

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