Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

As one of the first black standup comedians to find success with white audiences, in the early 1960s, Gregory rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to win a college track scholarship and become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

Officials: Slain officers didn’t have chance to return fire

Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon at a hospital where he had been taken following Friday night’s attack in Kissimmee, Florida. Officer Matthew Baxter died Friday night, a short time after authorities say he was shot by 45-year-old Everett Miller.

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors arts awards so honorees can celebrate “without any political distraction,” the White House announced.

Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

Everett Miller faces a charge of first-degree murder for the killing of Officer Matthew Baxter and could face other charges for the wounding of Sgt. Sam Howard, said Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell at a news conference Saturday.

11 US states added jobs in July

The unemployment rate fell by 1.4 percentage points in Indiana, Tennessee and Wyoming over the past year — the biggest declines in the country.

Tillerson, Mattis say military option on table

This follows comments from President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon who said on Wednesday that there’s no military solution to the North Korean threat because of the risk posed by its conventional forces arrayed against South Korea.