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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. 
Photo: Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times

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

Photo: Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times

Robin Williams has died at age 63 of an apparent suicide.
Photo: Ken Hivley / Los Angeles Times

Robin Williams has died at age 63 of an apparent suicide.

Photo: Ken Hivley / Los Angeles Times

Today, America is coming to help.
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.
Photo: Zeboxski / Associated Press

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.

Photo: Zeboxski / Associated Press

We tortured some folks.

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.

Photos: Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times

"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."

Our photographer Carolyn Cole is documenting the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Photos: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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.

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.

Here’s a look back at the life of Elaine Stritch, the Tony-winning actress who died today at age 89. She “seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self,” arts reporter David Ng writes. 
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Here’s a look back at the life of Elaine Stritch, the Tony-winning actress who died today at age 89. She “seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self,” arts reporter David Ng writes

Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional
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