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August 18, 2014

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POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI

FERGUSON, Missouri — Attorney General Eric Holder orders a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis. By Nigel Duara and Jim Suhr.

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POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-AUTOPSY — An unarmed black teenager killed by a white officer in Missouri was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy has found.

OBAMA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was returning to Washington in the early hours of Monday morning for a two-day break from a summer vacation where airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. By Julie Pace.

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UNITED STATES-IRAQ

EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts — The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. By Julie Pace.

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MYANMAR-UNSPOKEN NAME

WASHINGTON — Myanmar’s downtrodden Rohingya Muslims have been denied citizenship, targeted in deadly sectarian violence and corralled into dirty camps without aid. To heap on the indignity, Myanmar’s government is pressuring foreign officials not to speak the group’s name, and the tactic appears to be working. By Matthew Pennington.

MEXICO-WOMEN JOCKEYS

MEXICO CITY — Elisabeth Garrido stacks bales of hay into the shape of a horse, straps reins around a mock head and sets off on an imaginary but energetic ride, whipping the hay with a riding crop. It’s part of the do-it-yourself training for Garrido, one of the two female apprentice jockeys at Mexico City’s horse track who dream of becoming full-fledged jockeys. By Sean Havey.

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COLOMBIA-BULLFIGHT FIGHT

BOGOTA, Colombia — Two years after Bogota’s leftist mayor suspended bullfights at the capital’s history-steeped bullring, apprentice matadors are nearly two weeks into a hunger strike pressing for the blood sport’s reinstatement. By Libardo Cardona.

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CARLOS SLIM-CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

HOUSTON — Increasing workers’ earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim tells religious and community leaders. By Juan A. Lozano.

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BUSINESS:

CARLOS SLIM-CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

HOUSTON — Increasing workers’ earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group of religious and community leaders. By Juan A. Lozano.

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LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

CINCINNATI — Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s distinguished achievement award. By Lisa Cornwell.

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