Robin Williams , who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the “early stages” of Parkinson’s disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday.
The hands-up — a sign of surrender and submission black men and boys in Ferguson, Mo., say they learn early on when dealing with police — has been transformed into a different kind of weapon in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was unarmed when he was shot by a police officer. Reporter Matt Pearce is in Ferguson and documents how protesters are using the gesture as a symbol of defiance.
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Former White House spokesman James Brady, who gave his name to a gun-control law and founded the Brady Campaign after surviving a gunshot wound to the head during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died at age 73. Above, you can see him being introduced as Reagan’s press secretary in 1981, less than three months before the assassination attempt.
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UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion is mostly dry today after being flooded with water as deep as 8 inches yesterday because of a water main break on Sunset Boulevard. The break sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset and the campus with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water. Workers used brooms, squeegees, vacuums and floor cleaners to remove the water from the Pavilion, which underwent a $136-million renovation that was completed in 2012.
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"Families are on the move today, leaving their homes in the outlying areas of Gaza and into shelters and relatives’ homes closer to the center of Gaza. You can see carts pulled by donkeys carrying whole families; from small children to grandparents."
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President Obama said today that the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine yesterday, killing 298 people aboard, was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russia separatists. A U.S. official earlier had told The Times that U.S. intelligence agencies reached a preliminary conclusion that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine fired the missile. The U.S. is seeking further intelligence before reaching a final conclusion, the official said.
A powerful Buk missile launcher may have brought down the plane. Learn more about it above.
A federal judge ruled today that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.