The Rev Al Sharpton delivers the eulogy during funeral services for Michael Brown at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, St Louis, Missouri, USA last night. Photograph: EPA 2:05

Family and supporters of Michael Brown last night celebrated the life of the black teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in(...)

 Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, USA last night. The National Guard is to withdraw from Ferguson as nearly two weeks of  protests have finally waned. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA.

Missouri’s governor has ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from the riot-weary town of Ferguson as tensions ease after nearly two weeks of rac(...)

Demonstrators protest yesterday outside of the Buzz Westfall Justice Centre where a grand jury will begin looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on August 9th. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The investigation into the killing by a police officer of an unarmed Missouri teenager has been thrown into uncertainty with a tussle between the sta(...)

Demonstrators hold up a sign  reflecting the protester chant of ‘Don’t shoot’ during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing earlier this month of teenager Michael Brown.  Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 1:06

Neglecting lessons of past civil disturbances such as the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, police inflamed tensions that have fuelled more than(...)

Demonstrators react as police fire tear gas at them as they protest the fatal shooting  of Michael Brown  in Ferguson, Missouri. Police sprayed pepper spray, shot smoke, gas and flash grenades as violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting by a  police officer on August 9th. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images. 1:06

Missouri governor Jay Nixon lifted the curfew for the St Louis suburb of Ferguson tonight and began deploying National Guard troops to help quell days(...)

The Rev Al Sharpton speaks at the Greater St Mark church in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday  as the community seeks answers about the police shooting of Michael Brown. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, yesterday effectively blamed the local police chief in Ferguson for the renewed violence in the city at the weeke(...)

Jacob “Jack” Lew, US treasury secretary.   Mr Lew has urged members of Congress  to pass legislation immediately to stop US companies from shifting their legal addresses overseas

The Obama administration has added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism of US companies shifting their legal addresses overseas, in many cases(...)

Penney shares were up 7 per cent to $9.32 in afternoon trading.

JC Penney Co said November sales were encouraging and popular house brands were lifting gross profit margin, suggesting the struggling department stor(...)

The lingering impact of JC Penney’s failed efforts to remake itself into a more upscale destination in 2012 under previous chief executive Ron Johnson continued to weigh on results and chief executive Myron Ullman said the retailer still had a lot of work to do to steady itself. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake

JC Penney yesterday reported quarterly sales tumbled again last quarter, even as reinstated chief executive Myron Ullman worked to roll back his prede(...)

“The factors that attracted motor vehicle producers to Detroit a century ago – excellent access to resources and transport links, followed by local skills and specialist suppliers – are no longer competitive advantages in car-making nor, indeed, in other industries.” Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Financial Times has carried an unusual number of obituaries and stories of terminal illness this summer. There was the bankruptcy of Detroit and t(...)