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A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. where range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. where range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Shooting by 9-year-old NJ girl stirs debate over guns and kids

PHOENIX (AP) -- "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

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Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
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AG Holder meets with authorities, residents in Ferguson

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson Wednesday to meet with federal investigators and reassure residents of the suburban St. Louis community torn by several nights of racial unrest since the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

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President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police.

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A man wear buttons in support of Michael Brown Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, as he visits the site where Brown was shot by a police officer a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A man wear buttons in support of Michael Brown Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, as he visits the site where Brown was shot by a police officer a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Missouri governor declares emergency, imposes curfew in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago.

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Protesters raise their hands in front of police atop an armored vehicle in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
Protesters raise their hands in front of police atop an armored vehicle in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
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Military-style street policing and equipment draws criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen-ager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.

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Sierra Smith sits with her 4-year-old daughter, Aniya, behind Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, as they listen during a meeting of clergy and community members, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Florissant, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Sierra Smith sits with her 4-year-old daughter, Aniya, behind Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, as they listen during a meeting of clergy and community members, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Florissant, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Missouri troopers to take over Ferguson security

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Wednesday.

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A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road and West Florissant on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road and West Florissant on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
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ID of officer who killed Missouri teen a festering issue

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- In the days since an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, a big question that's smoldered amid the outrage of many is who the officer is.

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Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left, the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left, the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Witnesses: Missouri teen had hands raised when he was shot

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to two men who said they witnessed the shooting that sparked a night of unrest in suburban St. Louis.

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Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. He was convicted of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. He was convicted of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
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Detroit-area porch shooter convicted of murder

DETROIT (AP) -- A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter Thursday in the killing of an unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life when he heard the woman pounding on his door in the middle of the night and had acted in self-defense.

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Theodore Wafer is the Detroit area homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
Theodore Wafer is the Detroit area homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
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Defendent in ‘porch killing’ says, ‘I wasn’t going to cower’

DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man said Monday that he was afraid when an unknown woman showed up on his porch before dawn one morning last year, but that he refused to be a victim in his own home.

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