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3 African-Americans on 12-person grand jury weighing Ferguson shooting case

(CNN) -- Ever since it happened, race has been front-and-center in the vigorous debate over the fatal shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Mexico's president unveils new police force

One of Mexico's President Peña Nieto's promises during his campaign was to create a new national police force. On Friday, he unveiled a 5,000 member force. They will be stationed in mostly rural areas.

Detective: Couple lured Amish girls with dog, planned on enslaving them

A puppy was used to lure two Amish girls into a car in upstate New York, with the captors plotting to enslave the sisters, authorities said.

Lauryn Hill releases song in support of Ferguson

Lauryn Hill has been performing her song "Black Rage" in concert for years, but on Wednesday she released a recording of the song in support of the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the Michael Brown incident.

Scott Weiland: I'm not in jail

Well played, fake Scott Weiland.

Ashes of Robin Williams scattered in San Francisco Bay

The body of Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay. The actor/comedian was found dead in his Northern California home on August 11, 2014.

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte returns Monday

We might as well just call it the "cup of fall." Mark your calendars, because according to reports, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte returns August 25, 2014! It's so popular that it even has it's own Twitter page.

Feeling lucky? Might want to pick up a "Mega Millions" ticket

If you're feeling lucky, you might want to pick up a "Mega Millions" ticket.

Twinkie bakery to close, putting 400 out of work

Just 13 months after Twinkies made their celebrated comeback to store shelves, one of the four bakeries that make the cream-filled treats is closing.

Florida town passes law banning saggy pants

A Florida town has banned people -- let's face it, young people -- from wearing saggy pants. A councilwoman for Ocala pushed for passage of the law, but the town's Mayor Kent Guinn may ultimately veto the fashion police.

Heavy rains, landslides kill 39 in Japan

Residents combed through mud and debris looking for bodies of their loved ones after heavy rains triggered landslides that swallowed up homes in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Grand jury to mull Michael Brown case; prosecutor says 'not going to rush it'

Two months. It looks like it might be that long before a local grand jury decides whether to bring charges in the death of Michael Brown -- the loud, passionate calls for swift justice notwithstanding.

New survey: Some people spend more time planning vacation than retirement

Vacation is obviously very important to people and a new survey shows people spend more time deciding where to vacation than they do looking into their 401(k)s.

Taco Bell introduces its new 'dollar cravings' menu

Taco Bell has introduced its new "dollar cravings" menu. It features about 11 items priced at one dollar. The options include the shredded chicken mini quesadilla, spicy tostada and the triple layer nachos.

McDonald's coffee coming to supermarkets

Soon you'll be able to wake up to a McDonald's coffee without going to McDonald's.