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In Ferguson, 'Officer Friendly' tries to ease tension on both sides

When Jerry Lohr left for work Thursday morning, his wife had a request — no, a demand. She insisted he pose for a photograph with his 14-year-old son.<p>Lohr didn't have to ask why. Only hours earlier, the on-and-off street protests that have rocked the city of Ferguson since last summer had been …

Justice

Teen pleads not guilty to Washington state kidnapping caught on video | Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Washington state boy pleaded not guilty on Friday to kidnapping a toddler from a city park and running off with the baby boy, pursued by the child’s older siblings and two other youths, in an incident caught on video.<p>The suspect, who has not been identified because …

Crime

IRS scam costing victims $15 million

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are very convincing when they call. They have a Washington phone number and can cite your financial history down to the cent.<p>They say you're under investigation, in danger of losing your home, or worse, your freedom -- unless you pay thousands of dollars on the spot.<p>But they're not …

Identity Theft

Several Americans Possibly Exposed To Ebola, As Epidemic Smolders

This week we got a rude reminder that Ebola is clearly not over in West Africa.<p>Another American aid worker contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, health officials reported Thursday. The infected worker was flown back to the U.S. in a private jet and is being treated at the National Institutes of …

Disease

'We just need to pee' transgender protest

<b>Do you have to be biologically male to be allowed in the men's toilet, or biologically female for the ladies loos?</b><p>In several US states, as well as in Canada, the law governing public toilets is now a divisive issue. On one side are transgender people, who assert their right to use whichever loos …

Pope Francis expects short tenure

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis, who succeeded a resigning pontiff exactly two years ago, told a Mexican television network Friday that he expects his pontificate will be brief.<p>"Four or five years," he told Televisa. "I do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation. …

Pope Francis