Nation & world

  1. As law enforcement presence eases, 'small gains' are noted in Ferguson

    Nation

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Nearly two weeks after a white police officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old black teenager, sparking sustained and occasionally violent protests that made the name of this St. Louis suburb known throughout the world, the National Guard began to withdraw on Friday — a sign that some normality …

    A sign near the memorial on the spot where 18-year-old Michael Brown died on Aug. 9 gives the sentiment of some residents in the St. Louis suburb.
  2. U.S. considers attacks on ISIS in Syria

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is debating a more robust intervention in Syria, including possible U.S. airstrikes, in a significant escalation of its weekslong military assault on the Islamic extremist group that has destabilized neighboring Iraq and killed a U.S. journalist, officials said Friday.

  3. Proposal addresses religious objections to contraceptive coverage

    Nation

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules intended to address the religious objections that some nonprofits and private companies have to providing contraceptive coverage for their employees.

  4. Blood industry shrinks as transfusions decline

    Nation

    Changes in medicine have eliminated the need for millions of blood transfusions, which is good news for patients getting procedures like coronary bypasses that once required a lot of blood.

    A donor gives blood Thursday during a Red Cross drive in New York. Medical changes have eliminated the need for millions of blood transfusions, forcing mergers and job cutbacks.
  5. Dozens killed in attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq

    World

    BAGHDAD — Dozens of Sunni worshipers were killed during a militant raid on a rural mosque Friday in central Iraq, an attack that security officials said had followed the attempted assassination of a local Shiite leader.