FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A surge of voters helped alter the racial makeup of the Ferguson City Council, and observers said Wednesday that the change creates a new energy in a community trying to find its way after months of turmoil following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
CHICAGO (AP) — After surviving an unexpectedly tough campaign for a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that Chicago's challenges "don't need to be made harder if I have a stylistic issue" but gave few details about how he'll change his approach.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday that Mexico has "forcibly detained" one of its ships months after it ran aground off Mexico's Gulf coast last year, and Pyongyang blames the United States for preventing the ship's release.
By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer has been fired after being charged with murder for shooting a black man in the back as he fled, but questions remained on Wednesday about some details of the killing that was filmed by a witness. The shooting occurred on Saturday in North Charleston, a town of about 100,000 people, nearly half of whom are black, but it gained national media attention on Tuesday when the video became public. The incident was recorded by a man identified by NBC News as Feidin Santana. In an interview with the network, he said the victim, 50-year-old Walter Scott, had been hit by the officer's stun gun before fleeing to avoid further stun gun fire.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Wednesday moved to tighten already stringent regulations on how much water can flow through toilets and faucets, part of the state's effort to respond to prolonged drought. The regulations passed by the California Energy Commission come on the heels of action on Tuesday to propose a framework for California's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in water use as the drought enters its fourth year. “In the face of California’s current drought, we must use water as efficiently as possible," said Commissioner Andrew McAllister. "Updating minimum standards for toilets, urinals and faucets is a step in that direction.” Under the rules, which go into effect in 2016, the flow through new kitchen faucets sold in the state would drop slightly, to 1.8 gallons (6.8 liters) per minute from the current standard of 2.2 gallons (8.3 l) per minute.
PHOENIX (AP) — Officials agreed Wednesday to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged metro Phoenix's sheriff botched the investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl and failed to arrest the suspect who then went on to sexually attack her again.