UPDATE: Tense evening in Ferguson, MO

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police and protesters in racially-charged Ferguson, Missouri, are in a tense standoff as demonstrations continue in connection with the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.
Earlier Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in the neighborhood.



FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- National Guard units with armored vehicles are lined up tonight at a staging in Ferguson, Missouri, about a half-mile from the scene of protests following the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer.

Earlier Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon lifted the neighborhood's midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew. He had summoned the National Guard overnight after police again used tear gas to quell protesters.

Nixon said the National Guard troops would be under the direction of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is overseeing security during protests.

Closer to the protest site, a crowd of demonstrators formed and is growing in size tonight. Sheriff's deputies in body armor and state troopers carrying wooden bats and gas masks stood watch over the group.

Police told protesters that they could not assemble in a single spot, saying they had to keep moving. In federal court, a judge denied a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for a restraining order that would have prevented authorities from enforcing the rule. And police said that two men were arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.



NEW: Ban on low-flying aircraft over Ferguson extended

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has extended a ban on flights operating below 3,000 feet over Ferguson, Missouri, for a week "to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities."

The Washington Post said the notice, now effective through Aug. 25, was issued at the direction of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The St. Louis County Police Department had asked for the initial restrictions last week because its helicopter was shot at during looting and unrest. That notice had lasted through Monday. The FAA agreed to order the first round of restrictions early last week to give police helicopters unrestricted access to that airspace.

Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has faced growing racial unrest since an unarmed 18-year-old black man was shot by a white police officer on Aug. 9.



County autopsy: unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis County autopsy has found that the unarmed black teenager killed during a confrontation with a white police officer was shot six to eight times.

County medical examiner's office administrator Suzanne McCune says the autopsy showed Michael Brown was hit in the head and chest. McCune would not confirm whether Brown was hit elsewhere on his body or discuss other details.

Full findings of the autopsy aren't expected for about two weeks.

Earlier Monday, attorneys for Brown's family released details of their own autopsy and said Brown was shot at least six times. That procedure also found that one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered the fatal injury.



Activists ask protesters to clear Ferguson streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Leaders of the Nation of Islam and other black activist groups working to calm tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, are asking protesters to clear the streets of the St. Louis suburb at sunset amid the National Guard's arrival.

Organizers from the New Black Panther Party, Black Lawyers for Justice and other groups joined St. Louis-area community activists Monday to again call for restraint on the part of protesters seething over the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

They also condemned Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's decision to summon the National Guard, which they fear could escalate the violence.

The call to clear the streets came as police accelerated their own crowd control efforts Monday, including the blocking of access to the burned-out QuikTrip convenience store that has become the hub of demonstrations.



County autopsy: unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis County autopsy has found that the unarmed black teenager killed during a confrontation with a white police officer was shot six to eight times.

County medical examiner's office administrator Suzanne McCune says the autopsy showed Michael Brown was hit in the head and chest. McCune would not confirm whether Brown was hit elsewhere on his body or discuss other details.

Full findings of the autopsy aren't expected for about two weeks.

Earlier Monday, attorneys for Brown's family released details of their own autopsy and said Brown was shot at least six times. That procedure also found that one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered the fatal injury.



Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is denouncing violence in connection with the racially charged anger that has consumed the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

The president said Monday that while the vast majority of protesters in the St. Louis suburb were peaceful, looting and attacks on police by a small minority is undermining efforts to bring justice to 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson this week to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. He said he has told Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon he would be monitoring the use of the National Guard to see whether the operation was helping or hurting the situation



FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen 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 Wednesday night, after directing people to go home. Helicopters circled overhead and smoke hung in the air.
St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said he had no immediate information about the situation.
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 on Saturday.
Police had asked earlier that all people who assemble do so in "an organized and respectful" manner and disperse before evening.
Demonstrations earlier Wednesday were peaceful.
POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-REPORTERS ARRESTED
2 reporters arrested at Ferguson McDonald's
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 Wednesday evening in the commercial corridor where angry protests have occurred.
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 arrests, detention and subsequent release without any charges.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson did not immediately return a cellphone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Earlier Wednesday, authorities urged people to confine their protests to daylight after three nights of tense confrontations, looting, tear gas and a second shooting nearby.


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