FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) ? Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over eight innings while outdueling Tyson Ross, Justin Turner hit a two-run homer and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Thursday night.
The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden. In a macabre case that captured global attention, prosecutors say the 56-year-old defendant, Detlef Guenzel, killed the man at his home last November, then cut his body into small pieces and buried them in his garden. The dead man, 59-year-old Polish-born Wojciech Stempniewicz, had met Guenzel the month before on a website where users share slaughter and cannibalism fantasies. Guenzel is a three-decade veteran of the police force, the father of an adult daughter, and had been married to his male partner in a civil union for a decade at the time of the killing.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The United States, by rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.
To the villagers near the ancient Greek town of Amphipolis, archaeological treasure is nothing new -- many in this area have lived off antiquity smuggling for decades. "The mystery hiding behind this discovery has excited our imagination," says Katerina Arabatzi, who drove from the nearby city of Veria to see the tomb. "In recent days, we have started to remember the tale of Alexander the Great once more," she said. "All of northern Greece constitutes an archaeological treasure trove."
- World champion James Magnussen said it would take one of the year's fastest times to win the Pan Pacific Championships 100m freestyle after American stars Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian threw down the gauntlet on Friday. Adrian, who nudged out Magnussen by one-hundredth of a second to win the Olympic 100m gold in London, topped Friday's qualifiers with 48.05 seconds. Two-time world champion Australian Magnussen was just 0.2sec behind, with Olympic great Phelps surging into contention on the back of a 48.45, just four-hundredths of a second ahead of another Australian, Cameron McEvoy.