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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is finishing a run on her latest work, "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)" at The Public Theater in New York.
A widespread pattern of excessive force has been uncovered. The 18-month federal civil rights investigation also found police supervisors failed to document and investigate claims of brutality.
The unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 5.8 percent. Even with recent declines in unemployment, there are still plenty of people working part-time who would like a full-time position.
Some 50 countries met in London this week to boost Afghanistan's prospects after foreign combat forces withdraw at the end of the year. The gathering was intended to help chart the country's future.
The New York and Missouri grand jury decisions sparked protests across the country. To mobilize supporters, organizers relied on social media and old-fashioned methods of phone calls and canvassing.
On Friday, President Obama is expected to announce his pick to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Signs suggest that it will be Ashton Carter, who has served in many senior jobs at the Pentagon.