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Michael Brown's family demands federal charges as Nixon orders more troops into Ferguson

Attorneys for Michael Brown's family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground. Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered hundreds of more National Guardsmen into Ferguson to help local law enforcement keep order in the St. Louis suburb.

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Chiefs’ Jason Avant happy to reunite with Andy Reid, has chip on his shoulder

Jason Avant, the newest Kansas City Chiefs receiver, says the biggest reason for his excitement about joining is the team is the presence of coach Andy Reid and receivers coach David Culley. Both were with him in Philadelphia.

College Sports

Live stats, updates from the K-State-Arizona game in the Maui Invitational

The Star’s Kellis Robinett is in Lahaina, Hawaii, this week to cover Kansas State and Missouri basketball in the Maui Invitational. Follow live stats, updates and analysis from today’s games in our live blog. K-State plays No. 3 Arizona in a winner’s bracket semifinal around 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. Mizzou lost 82-61 to Purdue earlier today.

Eat & Drink

Cheese and wine pair perfectly as a prelude to Thanksgiving feast

To get ready for the Thanksgiving kickoff to the holiday season, we asked certified cheesemonger Lincoln Broadbooks to pick five perfect cheeses for a pre-feast cheese board. We then shared his selections with wine expert and Star columnist Doug Frost, who came up with wines to complement each.

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KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend

About 10 percent of children younger than 18 are growing up in households headed by a grandparent, twice as many as in 1990. These grandparents want to keep their grandchildren out of foster care, leading them to shore up their energy, dip into their savings or retirement funds, postpone travel and make room for a second family in their homes.

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