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Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.

President Obama said Thursday at the White House that the U.S. doesn't yet have a strategy on how to deal with the Islamic State militant group. Michael Reynolds/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.

A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Wednesday. Instructor Charles Vacca was killed at the range Monday by a 9-year-old girl he was teaching to use an Uzi submachine gun. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Kids At Firing Ranges? 3 Questions Follow Fatal Shooting

An instructor was killed by a 9-year-old being taught how to fire an Uzi submachine gun. Along with debate over children's access to guns, the incident brought up a host of questions. Here are some answers.

Journalist James Foley in 2011. He was killed by Islamic State militants in Syria earlier this month. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."

The Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic in El Paso, Texas, is expected to close if a state law is upheld by a federal judge. Juan Carlos Llorca/AP hide caption

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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions KUHF

A Texas law would require doctor's offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.

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They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola

The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could cause infect infection. They wear safety garb. And they pray.

President Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday that Russia is to blame for the violence in eastern Ukraine. Larry Downing /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine, Calls Moves 'Incursion'

The president's remarks came the same day Ukraine said Russian troops entered its territory. The conflict has resulted in the worst tensions between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

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