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Sweeping reforms are needed in Ferguson, Missouri, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday after a federal investigation found broad racial bias in the city's police force and municipal court system but cleared a white officer in the killing of an unarmed black teenager last August. The Justice Department said after a months-long investigation it had determined the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson "lacks prosecutive merit." But the department said it found "a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department" that is driven in part by racial bias, but also by the city’s focus on raising revenue through tickets and court fees rather than on public safety. "This emphasis on revenue has compromised the institutional character of Ferguson’s police department, contributing to a pattern of unconstitutional policing," the Justice Department said.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator.