to state capital
Chants of "Hands Up. Don't Shoot!" echoed through the Missouri Capitol as hundreds of people protesting Michael Brown's death rallied after the culmination of a weeklong, 130-mile march from the site of the police shooting in Ferguson.
The demonstrators were joined at the Capitol by Brown's mother, who denounced the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 death of her son. She called upon Gov. Jay Nixon to hold the local prosecutor accountable for not taking the case to trial.
The rally was held within earshot of Nixon's office, but he wasn't there. - AP
A test-flight win
NASA's newest space vehicle, Orion, accomplished its first test flight with precision and pizazz Friday, shooting more than 3,600 miles out from Earth for a hyperfast, hot return not seen since the Apollo moon shots. For a space agency still feeling the loss of its shuttles, the four-hour voyage opened a new era of human space exploration. - AP
The death of an endangered orca may have been pregnancy-related, a research group said Friday. The 18-year-old was a member of the J-pod, one of three families of killer whales that spend time in inland waters of Washington state and Canada. - AP