Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Ferguson, Mo., residents Angela Whitman (left) and Jill Richards on Wednesday at Drake's Place Restaurant about issues surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. J.B. Forbes/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Race

Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

The Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver, at practice. "I've always thought of myself as ... the rugby player that happens to be gay," says Skyler Meyer. "I never want to be the gay man who happens to play rugby." Luke Runyon/KUNC hide caption

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Men In America

In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades' KUNC

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms, but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.

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Vance, who serves as a coach, founded the group after his own struggle with PTSD. He says it helped him get out of a dark place. He now has a degree in social work. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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National Security

First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran

There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.

A woman in Buenos Aires walks with her dog past a mural that reads "Vultures" in Spanish. The mural is a reference to the dispute between the Argentine government and U.S. hedge funds. Victor R. Caivano/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

Argentina calls them vulture funds, but they have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens suffer as a result?

Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, died on July 17 after being placed in a chokehold by police. His death sparked numerous protests, including a march scheduled for this Saturday. Here, Garner's sister Ellisha Flagg (center) leads demonstrators on a march towards the 120th Precinct on July 22, following a vigil demanding justice for her brother. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Around the Nation

In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses

The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.

Werner Herzog's 1972 film Aguirre, the Wrath of God was shot along the Amazon in Peru. It probes one of the filmmaker's themes: an unsentimental look at humankind's relationship to landscape and nature. Courtesy of The Shout! Factory hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.

This 2011 image taken by a crested black macaque in Indonesia has ignited a debate over who owns the photo. The camera's owner says the image belongs to him. In its new manual, the U.S. Copyright Office disagrees. Caters News Agency/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.

In this artist's conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze - the result of widespread pollution. Christine Pulliam/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics hide caption

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Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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