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Unrest Continues in Ferguson

Police LightsFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in a St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown  was shot and killed by a police officer have used tear gas to try to disperse protesters after flaming projectiles were thrown from the crowd. Police also used smoke bombs last night, after directing people to go home. Helicopters circled overhead and smoke hung in the air. Ferguson has been the site of protests and a night of looting since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed during a confrontation with an officer Saturday.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two reporters covering the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they were arrested at a McDonald’s yesterday evening. Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post say they were working in the fast-food restaurant when SWAT officers came in to quickly clear the area. Both quickly tweeted about their detention and subsequent release without any charges.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon will skip several planned events at the Missouri State Fair to return to Ferguson after another night of conflict between protesters and police. Nixon asked protesters to be patient and calm while the investigation into Michael Brown’s death continues. He also urged law enforcement agencies to respect the rights of residents and media.

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed on the situation in a St. Louis suburb where police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel protesters. The protests in Ferguson were sparked by the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer. The president said earlier that Brown’s death is stirring “strong passions.”

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