The Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, less than a day after the city rejected an agreement to overhaul its beleaguered criminal justice system and address allegations of widespread abuses by its police department.

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A senior Russian government official on Tuesday formally presented to the United Nations his country’s claim to Arctic Ocean seabed, including an area under the North Pole.Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times
The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after the FBI surrounded them.Rebecca Boone and Lisa Baumann
President Obama's budget request to Congress includes $400 million "to cover the unique circumstances confronting vulnerable Alaskan communities," including money to pay for village relocation.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
The report, based on a years-long Senate investigation, described brutal treatment of prisoners held at CIA "black sites" around the world.
The Supreme Court’s surprise decision Tuesday to halt the carrying out of President Barack Obama’s climate change regulation could weaken or even imperil the international global warming accord reached with great ceremony in Paris less than two months ago, climate diplomats say.Coral Davenport
So far, only one Alaskan has been identified as having contracted Zika virus, and that was in 2007, according to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. Laurel Andrews
There are too few fully qualified controllers at more than a dozen of the nation's busiest air traffic facilities stretching from Atlanta to Anchorage, according to report released Tuesday by a government watchdog.Joan Lowy | Associated Press
Language experts note that the real innovation behind emojis lies in their ability to help people online say what they mean, so when they write "What the heck?" they can signify with an accompanying laughing emoji or an angry-faced emoji whether their statement is an expression of amusement or outrage.Tracey Lien
REI's business acumen has taken it to heights rarely seen by a retail cooperative. But as a record-low turnout in the latest annual election shows, REI's original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp. Ángel González | The Seattle Times