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Updated: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:15:14 EST


UPDATE: Protesters gather in Ferguson, carry signs, chant

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Instead of armored vehicles carrying heavily-armed officers, cars continually honking horns have been rolling tonight through Ferguson, Missouri.

Gov. Jay Nixon stripped local police of their law enforcement authority after four nights of violent clashes with protesters angered about the shooting of an unarmed black teen.

Security is now being led by a black Highway Patrol commander. Streets of the St. Louis suburb have been filled with music, free food and even laughter.


UPDATE: Rallies honor people who died at hands of police

NEW YORK (AP) — There have been protests in more than 90 cities against police brutality.

Thousands have taken part in the National Moment of Silence, organized because of the police shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teen and other cases.

The events ranged in size from thousands in Manhattan's Times Square and Union Square -- to dozens in Seattle.


Holder promises Brown family a full investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is promising the family of an unarmed black teenager shot by police in Missouri a full, independent civil rights investigation.

Holder's promise came Thursday in a telephone call with the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that Holder spoke to the Brown family while they visited the U.S. attorney's office in Missouri.

The official was not authorized to be identified by name and requested anonymity to discuss Holder's call.

Holder expressed his personal condolences for Brown's death, and told his family that the Justice Department was investigating.

Brown was shot by a police officer on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis suburb is 70 percent black but is patrolled by a nearly all-white police force.


6 Democrats: Feds should look into chokehold death

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of New York's congressional delegation want the Department of Justice to investigate the death of a man placed in a police chokehold and the law enforcement strategy known as Broken Windows.

The six Democrats say black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected by the Broken Windows tactic of going after small crimes to help stop bigger ones.

An autopsy showed black Staten Island resident Eric Garner died of a chokehold. Police suspected him of selling untaxed cigarettes.

A letter sent Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder is signed by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Gregory Meeks, Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez.

Garner's death has been the biggest test of Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) first year in office. The mayor has vowed to support police but pledged to help communities that feel mistreated.


White House commends al-Maliki for stepping aside

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House is commending Iraq's incumbent prime minister for stepping aside.

President Barack Obama's national security adviser is expressing hope that the power shift "can set Iraq on a new path and unite its people" against a security threat from Islamic State militants.

Susan Rice also says the United States remains committed to a strong partnership with Iraq and its people.

After initially struggling to stay in power, Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) relinquished his post late Thursday to fellow Dawa Party member, Haider al-Abadi.

Rice's comments came in a statement issued while she was accompanying Obama on his Martha's Vineyard vacation.


UN chief urges meeting on nuclear-free Mideast

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that the failure to hold a conference on establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East this year could jeopardize the success of next year's review of the landmark 1970 agreement aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear arms.

In a report to the U.N. General Assembly circulated Thursday, Ban urged all parties to finalize arrangements for a conference to be held as soon as possible.

At the 2010 conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, 189 member nations called for convening a conference in 2012 on establishing a Mideast zone free of weapons of mass destruction.

It was scheduled to take place in late 2012, but the U.S. announced it would be delayed, apparently to save Israel, widely believed to possess nuclear weapons.


Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has urged Asia's Catholic youth to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of Asia's powerhouses where financial gain is a key barometer of success.

Francis received a boisterous welcome Friday from tens of thousands of young Asians as he celebrated his first public Mass in South Korea, whose small but growing church is seen as a model for the rest of the world.

In his homily, Francis urged the young people to be a force of renewal: "May they combat the allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife."


First National Guard troops at Texas-Mexico border

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force says "several dozen" soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month.

Several guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the Hidalgo International Bridge.

Walker says this first batch has been specifically trained to man observation towers in the area belonging to local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They will serve as extra eyes on the border and report suspicious activity to authorities.

State officials have estimated the deployment will cost $12 million per month.


Ford recalls 83,250 cars and SUVs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked.

The recall involves the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX; the 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT; and the 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS.

The company says that due to the improper installation of a clip in the axle, the halfshaft can disengage from the linkshaft. If that happens, power won't be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. Also, the vehicles could roll out of the "park" position if the emergency brake isn't engaged.

Ford says there have been no reports of injuries or accidents related to the defect.

Ford will notify owners and begin free repairs by the end of August.


Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's disease, was sober when he died

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide.

Susan Schneider says her husband was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's when he was found dead earlier this week.

The wife of the actor-comedian says he had not been ready to share his Parkinson's diagnosis publicly.

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