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Ferguson protest heats up after autopsy report is leaked — Ferguson police and protesters clashed on Wednesday night after tensions escalated during a scheduled demonstration, part of the Ferguson October movement. Between 100 and 150 protesters marched from the corner of Canfield Drive and Florissant Avenue, a few blocks from where Brown was shot, toward the Ferguson Police Department.

Accused White House intruder's mental health questioned — Washington (CNN) -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a full mental competency screening for Omar Gonzalez, who is accused of jumping the White House fence, after a disputed initial examination found him not competent for trial. U.S.

U.S. drug war in Afghanistan is failing, report says — (CNN) -- America's drug war in Afghanistan is failing badly, a U.S. government watchdog says in a new report. Afghan farmers are growing bumper crops of opium poppies -- an unprecedented 209,000 hectares in 2013 -- even though U.S. agencies spent $7.6 billion to stop narcotics production in the nation.

Drug War Fail:$7 billion spent, Record Opium Poppy Crop — Washington (CNN) -- America's drug war in Afghanistan is failing badly, according to a new report from a U.S. government watchdog. Afghan farmers are growing record bumper crops of opium poppies, an unprecedented 209,000 hectares in 2013, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Holder interview: What we learned — Washington (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he found it "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't been able to carry out criminal prosecutions of executives whose risky banking practices blamed for the global financial crisis.

Holder's legacy stretches from Guantanamo to Ferguson — Holder testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January on oversight of the Justice Department and reform of government surveillance programs. Editor's note: Tune in to CNN Monday for Evan Perez's interview with Attorney General Eric Holder on his legacy and his time in the Obama administration.

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage — Rachael Beierle, left, and Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan, center, laugh at a joke during Amber Beierle's wedding vows Wednesday, October 15, at City Hall in Boise, Idaho. With Boise Mayor Dave Bieter out of town, Jordan officiated the wedding as acting mayor.

Here's why FBI wants access to your iPhone — Washington (CNN) -- FBI Director James Comey says new encryption standards by Apple and Google will create "a black hole for law enforcement" that will help sophisticated criminals avoid detection. Comey is taking up the FBI's years-long push to expand federal surveillance law to require tech companies to include a way for law enforcement to get court ordered access to data on new devices.

17 new charges against suspected Benghazi ringleader — Washington (CNN) -- Federal authorities filed 17 new charges against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, alleging that he was the ringleader of twin 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Justice Department stops waivers preventing appeal — (CNN) -- The Justice Department says it will no longer ask defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to appeal convictions because of bad legal advice. The department issued a memo Tuesday to ban the practice in 35 U.S.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @drsanjaygupta: NY & NJ quarantine rule will cover anyone, not just health care workers, known to have had contact with an #Ebola patient

Oct 24, 2014

RT @JeffersonObama: Corporal Cirillo's son will be so proud of his father's voyage home on the Highway of Heroes #ottawaproud #Ottawa

Oct 24, 2014

RT @RaysBaseball: The rumor is true: Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract, which would've expired after 2015. This ends his 9-year tenure as Rays manager.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @Newsweek: Even Florida is sick of Florida! The city of South Miami passed resolution calling for FL to split into 2 states —

Oct 23, 2014

RT @Miller_Center: With another #WhiteHouse intruder, listen to #LBJ's phone intruder - a college student posing as senator-elect:

Oct 23, 2014

Williamsburg beware: @ShimonPro reports doctor being tested for Ebola recently returned fm Guinea; cabbed to Bklyn bowling alley last nite

Oct 23, 2014

RT @emptywheel: US once (at least once?) staged a coup for Chiquita. Now the banana co is defecting from the country.…

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