US Midwest braces for more flooding as rain-swollen rivers rise

Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma braced for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures, leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes, and some 9.3 million people in areas under flood warnings.

Record flooding hits US Midwest, threatens South
Record flooding hits US Midwest, threatens South

Swollen rivers in the US Midwest and other regions brought flood warnings for over 12 million Americans on Wednesday as scores of buildings were submerged after days of intense rain in which 24 people have died.

Widespread flooding hits Missouri, Illinois with rivers still rising

Rain-swollen rivers rose across Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people, closing parts of a major interstate highway and putting scores of buildings underwater after days of unusual winter flooding that has killed 23 people.

Christmastime storms, tornadoes kill at least 43 in US
Christmastime storms, tornadoes kill at least 43 in US

 Storms hit the US South, Southwest and Midwest over the Christmas holiday weekend, unleashing floods and tornadoes that killed at least 43 people, flattened buildings and snarled transportation for millions during a busy travel time.

More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect

St. Louis police fatally shot a black teenager on Wednesday, who they say pointed a gun at them, and later faced angry crowds, reigniting racial tensions first sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teen in another Missouri town a year ago.

US Police kill another black teenager near Ferguson

 Police shot dead another black teenager on Wednesday, days after the first anniversary of death of Michael Brown in north St. Louis, Missouri.

Missouri cop bragged about bonus from Ferguson protests: Report

A St Louis County police officer is being investigated after apparently bragging on Facebook about how he spent his "bonus" for working during recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the Guardian reported Friday.

Ferguson cop who killed black teen speaks out: Report

 The white former Ferguson police officer who shot dead an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager has given his first published comments since the controversial shooting that reignited a discussion about race in America.

New police chief for racially torn Ferguson, Missouri

The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri appointed a new police chief on Wednesday, nearly a year after the police shooting of unarmed black man Michael Brown sparked weeks of sometimes violent protest.

At least three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central US
At least three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central US

Tropical Depression Bill pelted the central United States with heavy rain on Thursday after causing at least three deaths in the region, including a toddler in Oklahoma who was swept out of his father`s arms by raging waters, officials said.

Missouri, Kansas students co-winners of National Spelling Bee

Eighth-graders Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri, and Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, were co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Baltimore mayor requests US investigation of city police

 The US Justice Department is mulling a federal probe into Baltimore`s police department following riots in the city triggered by the death in custody of a black man, an official said Wednesday.

Baltimore police say man's gun discharged during arrest, no injuries

Baltimore police denied a media report on Monday they had shot a black man while trying to take him into custody, saying the man`s firearm went off accidentally while officers were arresting him and that no one was injured.

Michael Brown family to sue Ferguson over teen`s `wrongful death`

The family of an unarmed African American teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri said Wednesday it will sue the city for his "wrongful death." 

US: Missouri executes black man sentenced by all-white jury

The Midwestern US state of Missouri executed a black man Tuesday who had been sentenced to death by an all-white jury, despite numerous protests claiming the penalty smacked of racism.

Ferguson, Missouri, releases racist emails from former officials

Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, have released the full content of racially charged and religiously insensitive emails, including about President Barack Obama, sent between the city’s former court clerk and two ex-police supervisors.

Police charge 20-year-old African-American man in Ferguson shooting

 Man charged in Ferguson shooting on Sunday in connection with the shooting in Ferguson last week that wounded two police officers and rekindled tension in the racially troubled Missouri city.

Quick answers to double shooting elude police in Ferguson, Missouri

Nearly 48 hours after two officers were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, investigators had dozens of leads but no arrests to report on Friday in the hunt for a gunman who turned a late-night protest against police into bedlam. 

Dozens of leads, no arrests in Missouri police shooting: Police chief

Investigators are following dozens of leads in the hunt for whoever shot and wounded two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, during a protest rally this week, the head of the St. Louis County police said on Friday.

Police hunt suspects after officers shot in Ferguson, Missouri

The shooting of two police officers at a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered a sweeping manhunt for suspects on Thursday and ratcheted up tensions in a city at the centre of a national debate over race and policing.