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Ferguson mayor James Knowles III, (second from left) speaks during a city council meeting on Feb. 2. The meeting was the first opportunity for residents to speak directly with city leaders about the preliminary consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ferguson Approves Police And Courts Overhaul — With Some Changes

The city council of Ferguson, Mo., agreed late Monday to implement intensive changes to the city's police department and court system, under a consent agreement negotiated by city officials with the U.S. Justice Department. But, concerned about the price tag, the council made some changes.

If Ferguson and the Justice Department don't agree on all the terms, federal prosecutors could file a civil rights lawsuit, which could proved more costly than the reforms, the Associated Press reported.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden delivers opening remarks during a panel discussion on the search for life beyond Earth at NASA Headquarters in 2014 in Washington, DC.

First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden 'Pleaded' To Get Into Naval Academy

It was Nov. 23, 1963, the night after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Charles Bolden was a high school senior, playing in the South Carolina state football championship game. He was mourning Kennedy's death along with the rest of the country, but he was mourning something else as well.

"I saw my chances of going to the Naval Academy kind of evaporating," he said in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, more than 50 years later.

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump deliver victory speeches at their respective watch parties in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Primary: Trump And Sanders Win Big; Kasich Second

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won clear, early, and decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.

On the Republican side, John Kasich finished a surprising second, while Marco Rubio faded to fifth.

The Republicans

"We are going to make America great again," Donald Trump told packed Manchester victory rally, repeating his insurgent campaign's mantra.

The West Kensington Ministry church in Philadelphia, seen here in 2014, is one of about a dozen churches offering sanctuary to Central American immigrants who are under deportation orders.

U.S. Churches Offer Safe Haven For A New Generation Of Immigrants

U.S. churches are again defying federal immigration authorities. Across the country, a handful of congregations are opening their doors to offer safe haven to Central American immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally and are under deportation orders.

The new sanctuary movement echoes an earlier civil disobedience campaign by churches in the 1980s.

The newest church in America to openly challenge federal immigration laws is St. Andrew's Presbyterian in Austin, Texas. Ten days ago, the congregation took in Hilda and Ivan Ramirez, a Guatemalan mother and her 9-year-old son.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito has been linked to both dengue fever and the Zika virus.

State Of Emergency On Hawaii's Big Island Over Dengue Fever Outbreak

The mayor of Hawaii County has declared a state of emergency on Hawaii's Big Island over an outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever.

The island has seen nearly 250 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus since September 2015. State health officials first reported two cases that originated there in late October 2015, Mayor Billy Kenoi says in his declaration.

While some scientists seek ways to stop the spread of Zika by mosquitoes, others have received new funding from the National Institutes of Health to track the genes and habits of the virus itself.

Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

When Carolyn Coyne's lab at the University of Pittsburgh recently tried to order a sample of Zika virus from a major laboratory supplier, they were told it was out of stock.

"They are actually back-ordered until July for the virus," Coyne says. "At least that's what we were told." She ended up obtaining Zika from another source, and it arrived at her lab Tuesday.

A scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a dried totoaba bladder at news conference in 2013.

Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

The international trade in exotic animal parts includes rhino horn, seahorses, and bear gall bladders. But perhaps none is as strange as the swim bladder from a giant Mexican fish called the totoaba.

The totoaba can grow to the size of a football player. It lives only in the Gulf of California in Mexico, along with the world's smallest and rarest mammal — a type of porpoise called the vaquita.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacts to an argument between the chairman and co-chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi during her testimony at a hearing last year.

Court Orders Government To Explain The Holdup With 7,000 Clinton Emails

A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to file court briefs by Wednesday explaining why some portion of the remaining Hillary Clinton emails, subject to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News, cannot be produced by Feb. 18.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said after a 30-minute hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C., that the government "has put me between a rock and a hard place" with respect to 7,000 pages of yet-to-be-released Clinton emails from her tenure at the State Department.

Cuban baseball star Yulieski Gourriel at Latin American Stadium in Havana in the spring of 2015.

Two Of Cuban Baseball's Brightest Stars Apparently Defect

In a further sign that Cuban baseball is in shambles, Cuban state media reports that two of the island's brightest stars left their team in Santo Domingo after competing in the Caribbean Series.

Lourdes Gourriel Jr., 22, and his older brother Yulieski, 31, left the team hotel in the early morning on Monday.

Chess players score a game at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional facility in Berlin, N.H.

Chess Wars: 20 Inmates, 5 Weeks, 1 Champion

In a prison hidden in the woods of Berlin, N.H., a group of 20 players are ready to compete for a chess tournament. They will sit in a windowless room engaged in a battle of the mind every Wednesday for five weeks — and one will be crowned the best player.

There are no prizes or trophies, merely a paper certificate for the winner, but for the inmates in this relatively isolated facility, the championship is a big deal.

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