The scene outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri on Friday night was familiar: A crowd of 300 protesters, angry over last year's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen, went toe-to-toe with a line of officers, screaming profanities. "They were in our face, but we didn't react," said Ferguson police Sergeant Dominica Fuller, clad for Friday night's police work in a polo shirt bearing the phrase "community engagement team" rather than the body armor and riot helmets common in the unrest following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. "Our job now is to listen," said Fuller, one of five black officers on the 50-member police force who in May became the city's first black female police sergeant.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who had recently been released from jail stabbed his wife and five other people, including three at a convalescent home, before he was shot to death by police, authorities and a relative said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It began with a routine traffic stop, blossomed into a protest with the help of a rumor and escalated into the deadliest and most destructive rioting Los Angeles had seen. The Watts riots broke out Aug. 11, 1965, and raged for most of a week. When the smoke cleared, 34 people were dead, more than a 1,000 were injured and some 600 buildings were damaged.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ignoring the police officers standing down the block and the disingenuous fine print on the foil packet peeking out of his front pocket — "Warning: Don't Smoke" — a homeless man openly lit up a synthetic marijuana joint and explained why it's not like the real thing.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison after at least one juror balked at the possibility of sentencing him to death for the massacre that claimed 12 lives and spawned a gut-wrenching four-month trial.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — James Nicholson lay in a Kentucky intensive care unit, days after he was beaten with a makeshift mace in a private prison in April. His skull cracked and his brain bruised, he told a nurse he believed the year was 1960 and Jimmy Carter was president.
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Before Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" made the fictional lawyer Atticus Finch one of the best-known names in modern American literature, the man who inspired the character — Lee's father — practiced law in an old bank building in her hometown.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A sign that greets motorists entering the U.S. at the nation's busiest border crossing shows a silhouette of a man, woman and pigtailed girl running for their lives under the word "Caution."