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Officials: Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police

In this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo, members of Missouri National Guard stand outside the Ferguson Police Department and the Municipal Court in Ferguson, Mo. (Jeff Roberson / Associated Press, file)

A federal investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released Wednesday, says Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his comprehensive transit plan but said it’s time to stop trying to make every street work for every mode. Updated

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