President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
By Scott Malone and Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 12 nights of racially charged protests. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, spoke in person with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He later met privately with Brown's parents at the St. Louis U.S. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury investigating the fatal shooting began hearing evidence in the case, though protesters stepped up their demands that the local criminal inquiry be turned over to a special prosecutor.