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New human ancestor: The discovery two years ago of 15 partial skeletons in a cave in South Africa has resulted in scientists announcing a previously unknown human ancestor. They are calling the species Homo naledi. The findings, which were announced today, were published in the journal eLife. Update: More here.

Walter Scott shooting: Michael Slager, the former North Charleston, S.C., police officer who was charged with killing the 50-year-old black man in April, heads to court today for a bail hearing. The case came to national prominence when video of the incident that challenged Slager’s version of events became public.
Floods in Japan: Heavy rains and landslides have forced 90,000 people from their homes. The flooding comes in the wake of tropical storm Etau, which swept the main island of Honshu.