A new Justice Department report gave a total of 113 lessons learned and a half-dozen themes that "permeated all aspects of the police response," during the height of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. last year.
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An assessment of police response to the demonstrations there calls into question strategies like the overwatch tactic, with officers using rifle sights to survey the crowd from atop tactical vehicles.
Revelers take in the Robot Heart art-car sound system at the 2014 Burning Man festival.
As Electronic Dance Music becomes more and more popular at the world's most extreme outsider arts festival, the playa's vibes are a-changing.
An impala strikes a pose under a forest canopy in Zimbabwe.
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Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.
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A federal judge in California has allowed some Uber drivers to proceed with a class-action suit against the company.
Rochelle Jake, 45, says she thought the Indian Health Service should be responsible for her health care, not Obamacare.
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Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.
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Sixteen Santa Barbara-based fishermen are participating in the Dock to Dish pilot program in California. Here, Charlie Graham fishes for lobster on his vessel, the March Gale, out of Santa Cruz Island.
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Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.
Lizz Wright's latest album is called Freedom & Surrender.
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"There's a beautiful, kind of seductive trap in being autobiographical in our writing of songs: We just get stuck in our own syrup," says the soul artist.
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London's Walkie-Talkie building, left, took the prize this year for UK's worst building.
The flamboyant skyscraper wins this year's Carbuncle Cup to become London's most-hated work of architecture.
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The band sounds refreshed as it performs "Random Name Generator" to a rapturous crowd.
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Ohio's proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana is being met with opposition from residents who generally support legalizing pot.
Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (right) talks with David Moore following her refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky.
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The Rowan County clerk who has become a divisive figure in the national debate on gay marriage has been summoned to a federal court for a hearing on whether to hold her in contempt.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder.
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Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.
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Frozen tuna lies on the ground at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The FDA recommends freezing raw fish before serving it in sushi as a way to keep it free of parasites. But as a recent outbreak of Salmonella in the U.S. highlights, freezing doesn't guarantee that raw sushi fish is pathogen-free.
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Freezing is usually considered a way to make raw fish safer. But a recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen, raw tuna used in sushi across the U.S. highlights the limits of the food-safety technique.
Actor Dean Jones, seen here in 1966, died Tuesday at age 84. Jones starred in 10 Disney films, including That Darn Cat!
The actor who starred in The Love Bug, That Darn Cat! and other classic Walt Disney movies also played the role of Bobby in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Company.
In the video for "Wildest Dreams," Taylor Swift and Scott Eastwood act out the story of a love affair set in Africa (although her scenes were filmed in California).
"Wildest Dreams" depicts a love story set in Africa around 1950, Joseph Kahn notes. It did not have a political agenda, he says, and it did have people of color both in front of the camera and on the creative team.
Members of the Jain community in Mumbai, India, protest a High Court order that banned Santhara, a practice of fasting until death.
Members of the ancient religion of Jainism who are very sick or very old may opt to stop eating. But India's Supreme Court is weighing a ban on the practice because suicide is illegal by Indian law.
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There's ample evidence that children in foster care often get powerful psychiatric medications when other treatments would be safer and more effective. But those treatments can be hard to get.
Taylor Alexander, who owns Baltimore clothing store Flawless Damsels, celebrates its recent reopening. A no-interest loan and online fundraiser helped her reopen the shop after it was looted in April's riots following the death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore clothing shop Flawless Damsels is one of the more than 400 businesses damaged in last spring's riots. The shop recently reopened and was bustling, though that's not the case everywhere.
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Syrian migrants in an overcrowded dinghy from Turkey arrive on the Greek island of Kos on Aug. 29.
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The steady stream of migrants in past years has turned into a torrent this year. Here's a primer on the main forces at work.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, pictured at a July news conference in Washington, D.C., said federal and local law enforcement officials plan to meet in Detroit later this month to discuss ways to reduce violence.
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Loretta Lynch condemned the shootings of law enforcement officers in Texas and Illinois, as well as other acts of violence in recent months.
A quality control manager checks samples for unwanted bacteria as part of the process for making an influenza vaccine.
A curious personalization of science is underway; it's as if scientific issues are simply matters of opinion and not the product of a very thorough process, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.