L.A.’s Afternoon News: Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee

Protesters walk through a cloud of tear gas Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

  They’ve lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence [...]

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David Plouffe

Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

  NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. The taxi-alternative service is hiring a former White House adviser to lead its campaign for acceptance in the [...]

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Police advance to clear people Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

  ST. LOUIS (AP) — A large crowd, some chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gathered Tuesday at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a reported convenience store [...]

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This photo taken in 2011 shows Abe Mashal posing for a photo at his  home in  St. Charles, Ill. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media)

US changing no-fly list rules

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a [...]

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Peanut butter recall

Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

  NEW YORK (AP) — Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. said Tuesday [...]

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This image provided by Twelve Books shows the cover of Rep. Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., new book. As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs. "This can't be the full measure of our party and our movement," Ryan writes of that moment in his new book, released Tuesday. "If it is, we're dead and the country is lost." (AP Photo/Twelve Books)

Ryan discusses father’s alcoholism

  WASHINGTON (AP) — At age 15, Paul Ryan was already feeling isolated from his father, who had grown distant from his family and leaned heavily on whiskey. Then one morning the future congressman found [...]

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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014 file photo, new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer speaks during a news conference held after the Clippers Fan Festival in Los Angeles. Ballmer is stepping down from Microsoft’s board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant. He says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Clippers, civic contributions, teaching and study. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time [...]

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South Pasadena, Calif., police chief Arthur Miller announces at a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that his department has arrested two South Pasadena High School high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. Miller said that school officials had heard about the plot and informed police, who determined the threat was credible. Police say the boys, ages 16 and 17, didn't have weapons but were researching automatic weapons and explosives, especially propane. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

  SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to [...]

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Photo credit: NASA via eol.jsc.nasa.gov

NASA wants your help!

NASA is asking for your help.  No, you do not get to go to space.  You do, however, get to view hundreds of thousands of images taken from space. Via The Gateway to Astronaut Photography [...]

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Flash flood waters from the overrun Skunk Creek flood I-10, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. Flooding from heavy rain in the Phoenix area has forced authorities to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17 about 25 miles north of the city. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

  PHOENIX (AP) — Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere dramatic scenes were playing [...]

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A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)

Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

  OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park [...]

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Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. Linda [...]

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