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It started with a simple request -- "will you just walk on the sidewalk?" Forty-five seconds later, Michael Brown lay sprawled on the street, shot dead by a police officer who had never before fired his gun in the line of duty.

Maria L. La Ganga
Two suicide bombers, at least one of them a woman, blew themselves up on Tuesday at a crowded market in this northeast Nigerian city, killing dozens of shoppers and merchants including some who witnesses said were decapitated by the explosions.HAMZA IDRIS and RICK GLADSTONE
Gov. Jay Nixon said early Tuesday that he would meet with law enforcement and National Guard officials seeking to quell the violence that gripped Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager.JOHN ELIGON and ALAN BLINDER
Officer Darren Wilson’s version of events was just one part of a vast catalog of testimony and other evidence that the grand jurors absorbed during the three months that they heard the case.JULIE BOSMAN, CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, ERIK ECKHOLM and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr
Within minutes of the announcement by St. Louis County's top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, shattered windows and vandalized cars. Several gunshots were also heard. Officers used tear gas to disperse the gatherings.By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB | Associated Press
Officials are planning the first major rollout of California's earthquake early warning system next year, providing access to some schools, fire stations and more private companies.Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin Ii
The most credible eyewitnesses to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, said he had charged toward Police Officer Darren Wilson just before the final, fatal shots, the St. Louis County prosecutor said Monday night as he sought to explain why a grand jury had not found probable cause to indict the officer.Erik Eckholm
Hampton Sides blends human drama with suspense and engrossing play-by-play descriptions to tell the tragic and triumphant story of the USS Jeannette.Randy Dotinga
Viktor Tikhonov, the domineering coach of the powerful Soviet national hockey team, the “Big Red Machine,” that won three Olympic gold medals and one devastating silver -- when the Soviets, shocking the hockey world, lost to the United States in Lake Placid in 1980 in the celebrated “Miracle on Ice” -- died on Monday in Moscow. He was 84.William Yardley
Twice a week ships leave Tacoma bound for Alaska, carrying everything from food and clothing, to Xboxes and construction materials. With more than 70 percent of water-bound goods to Alaska crossing the Tacoma docks, the slowdown related to ongoing contract negotiations could have left stores across the 49th state bare.Coral Garnick

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