Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded.

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  • Written by By JIM SALTER , Associated Press

More St. Louis protests expected Tuesday after quiet night

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those arrested during demonstrations that turned ugly over the weekend, but there was no new vandalism overnight.

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  • Written by By JIM SALTER and SUMMER BALLENTINE , Associated Press

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill, hurdles remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. But they have less than two weeks to succeed and face a tough fight to win enough GOP support to reverse the summer's self-inflicted defeat on the party's high-priority issue.


  • Written by By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

FEMA isn't relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago.

  • Written by By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

US housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop


WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a slight gain in single-family-home building.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer