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Aug 22, 2014

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri

By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the strife-torn town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions appeared to ease after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

Demonstrations after dark on Wednesday marked one of the calmest nights of street gatherings in the St. Louis suburb since the unarmed 18-year-old youth was gunned down by a white police officer on Aug. 9 under disputed circumstances.

Aug 21, 2014

Marching and praying, U.S. clerics seek to restore calm in Ferguson

By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Some clad in clerical collars and others in flowing robes, religious leaders have descended on Ferguson, Missouri, to help end nearly two weeks of violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

By Thursday, their efforts appeared to be working.

“We need to start the healing process. We are close, we are so close,” said Tommie Pierson, pastor of Greater St. Mark Family Church, a gathering place for counseling and communication between religious leaders, residents and others protesting the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Aug 21, 2014

Calm largely holds in Missouri after grand jury opens shooting investigation

By Scott Malone and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests late on Wednesday over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the calmest night since riots erupted over the racially charged killing.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met the parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown and promised his department would hold a thorough investigation into a case that has reignited a debate over the justice system’s treatment of African Americans.

Aug 21, 2014

Policeman suspended for pointing rifle at protester in Missouri

By Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – (Please note: there is strong language used by the police officer in paragraph seven)

A St. Louis-area police officer was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful demonstrator as tensions flared during protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

Aug 21, 2014

Officer in fatal Missouri shooting finds pockets of support

By Scott Malone and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – On the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a community wracked by racial unrest, police officer Darren Wilson is vilified by protesters for shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager.

Away from the front lines, however, a small but growing band of supporters is starting to speak up for the white policeman, saying he is being unjustly attacked for doing his job.

Aug 20, 2014

U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

By Scott Malone and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest.

Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Aug 18, 2014

Sprint cuts rates, CEO says more new plans to come

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday unveiled a new pricing plan that offers customers 20 gigabytes of data and up to 10 lines for $100, doubling its data offerings, the latest in a string of price cuts and promotions sweeping the wireless industry.

Sprint’s chairman, business tycoon Masayoshi Son, is betting new prices will revive a carrier hampered by an expensive network overhaul and rising competition.

Aug 14, 2014

Veteran Missouri prosecutor to weigh fate of cop who shot black teen

FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) – Bob McCulloch is in a difficult situation.

As St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, McCulloch is responsible for deciding whether to pursue criminal charges against the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Mike Brown on Saturday outside a low-income apartment complex in Ferguson, Missouri.

The shooting of the unarmed black teenager sparked days of rioting and protests in Ferguson and surrounding communities and some residents say the mostly white ranks of local and county law enforcement officials are not objectively investigating the case.

Aug 14, 2014

More unrest in Missouri, police fire tear gas

By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police in Ferguson, Missouri, fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on Wednesday, on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Clouds of smoke lingered above an area hit with police tear gas police as the crowd of some 350 protesters scattered off into side streets and into cars. Someone from the crowd appeared to throw an object at police.

Aug 14, 2014

Police chief says officer in Missouri shooting was injured

By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, was injured in the incident that has sparked racially charged protests, the city’s police chief said on Wednesday.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson told a news conference the unidentified officer was treated at a hospital for swelling on the side of his face, one of the few details released about events surrounding the Saturday night shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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