National Guard troops leave Ferguson
National Guard soldiers began withdrawing from Ferguson, five days after being sent to help quell the unrest that erupted after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. A grand jury continued to hear evidence about the altercation on Aug. 9 between Michael Brown, 18, and Officer Darren Wilson, but it could take weeks before jurors reach a decision on possible charges against the officer. A parallel federal investigation into whether the Ferguson Police Department has engaged in civil rights abuses is also underway.
Satellite indicates longer-range rockets
Satellite images indicate that North Korea is likely to have the ability to launch a longer-range rocket that can carry a heavier payload by the end of this year, according to a U.S. research organization that monitors the North's activities. The U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs reported Thursday on its website that North Korea's expansion of its Sohae Satellite Launching Station was on track to be completed by fall. The expansion will enable it to launch a rocket more powerful than the country's Unha rocket, one of which was used in 2012 to put a satellite into orbit, the report said.
Rights groups sue over deportations
Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to stop the Obama administration from expediting the deportations of Central American immigrant families being held in a New Mexico detention center. The complaint on behalf of seven women and three children at the facility in Artesia, N.M., alleges that the Department of Homeland Security has denied due process rights to the families as it seeks to deport the hundreds of undocumented immigrants being housed there.
Reid apologizes for comments to Asians
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a history of insensitive remarks, apologized for a pair of jokes he made before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are," the Nevada Democrat said to laughter from the audience. A video of Reid's appearance was recorded by America Rising, a conservative group, and an account was posted by Time magazine. Soon afterward, Reid issued a statement saying he was sorry.