WHY IT MATTERS: Race and Policing

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Policing in the United States' minority communities has been a flashpoint since the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, Sandra Bland in Texas and others. The increasing number of graphic photos and videos depicting the deaths of black men, women and children at the hands of police officers has sparked unrest around the nation. The perception that law enforcement officers are rarely, if ever, punished for what some consider unethical behavior, brutality and even criminal acts against black Americans has led to the rise of new social and civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

Officers trained to deal with mental illness in short supply

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Many police departments have specially trained officers and mental health professionals whose job is to help defuse the sometimes-volatile "5150" calls that involve people in the throes of mental illness.

  • Written by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

As US adds 156K jobs, more seek work and lift unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a decent 156,000 jobs in September, even while an influx of job seekers lifted the unemployment rate slightly to 5 percent. The rise in people seeking work is an encouraging sign that Americans are more optimistic about their prospects.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Nobel Peace Prize goes to Colombian President Santos

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his ongoing efforts to end a five-decade-long civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Matthew hammers Florida, begins dayslong beating of coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Matthew spun dangerously close to Florida's Atlantic coast Friday morning, scraping the shore with howling wind and heavy rain that left more than 476,000 without power.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press