What We're Following This Evening

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

The feds sue Ferguson: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Justice Department is suing the Missouri city where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man in 2014. The complaint alleges that Ferguson police routinely violated federal civil-rights laws by, among other things, conducting stops and arrests without legal justification, using excessive force, and discriminating against black residents. Update: More here

The race to understand Zika: European researchers say they have discovered an abnormal brain in a fetus whose mother experienced symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus at the end of her first trimester while she was living in Brazil, the AP reports. Researchers have been scrambling to determine whether Zika can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with small heads.

The 2016 GOP roster shrinks: Carly Fiorina—who finished seventh in the New Hampshire primary—and Chris Christie—who finished sixth—have dropped out of the race. So who is left?

Obama goes to Illinois: The president returned to the city where he announced his White House candidacy on this day nine years ago. Speaking to the Illinois state legislature, Obama said his inability to change politics has become his greatest failure. Russell has the story here.

News from this afternoon here.