At slain officer's funeral, calls for respect and unity

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When protests erupted here over a black man's killing during a struggle with two white police officers, Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald made a promise to an old friend who urged him to be careful.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new world record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said.

  • Written by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

How sympathetic whites are helping to fuel racial change

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — After sitting in silence, some white Americans say they're being spurred to action by the fatal shootings of black men by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.

  • Written by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

Philadelphia readies for DNC after quiet Cleveland protests

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As Cleveland breathes a sigh of relief after protests during the Republican convention came and went without mass disruptions and violence, eyes now turn to Philadelphia, the nation's fifth largest city that offers a bigger stage for bigger protests over a much larger area.

  • Written by KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press