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As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.

The death of Brazil's Socialist Party presidential candidate created an opportunity for his running mate, Marina Silva. Her entry into the race has upended the situation. Whereas the man she replaced was running a distant third in polls, support for Silva has surged.

There has been no bigger sports star lately than Mo'ne Davis. The 13-year-old pitcher charmed — and dominated — on the mound in the Little League World Series. But her Little League journey ended Thursday, when her underdog squad lost to a team from Chicago. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his take.

Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?

Russia has sent a large number of trucks into eastern Ukraine without the authorization of the Ukrainian government or Red Cross supervision. Moscow says the trucks are carrying aid for civilians, but the Ukrainians — together with NATO, U.S. and European leaders — say the move is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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