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POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-ARRESTS

At least 57 arrested overnight in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The number of people arrested Monday night and Tuesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri, far exceeds what police originally said.

A St. Louis County spokeswoman says 57 people were booked at the county jail. Spokeswoman Candace Jarrett says that does not include people taken to municipal jails elsewhere in the region. She did not have information on how many additional arrests were made.

Police originally said 31 arrests were made after another night of violence that followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer.

Just four of the 57 arrested had Ferguson addresses. Fifty-four were cited for failure to disperse, two for unlawful use of a weapon, and one for interfering with an officer.

Sixteen of those arrested are from out of state.

POLICE SHOOTING-CALMING THE CLASHES

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard. But violence is still erupting nightly in Ferguson, Missouri.

After nine days of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, law enforcement and political leaders are looking for ways to restore peace to the community.

Thomas Nolan, a criminal justice professor at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, says police should meet with non-violent protesters, scale back some of the more military-style methods of crowd control and increase the recruitment of black police officers - something town officials say they already plan to address.

POLICE SHOOTING-ST LOUIS

Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A crowd in St. Louis had largely diminished within several hours of a police shooting that left a knife-wielding man dead after a reported convenience store robbery.

The shooting Tuesday happened just a few miles from Ferguson, where a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, has touched off days of protests.

St. Louis Police Capt. Ed Kuntz says police responded Tuesday after a report of a robbery at the store. Kuntz says the suspect had a knife and refused to drop the weapon.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the man was acting erratically and told responding officers to "shoot me now, kill me now."

Kuntz says officers opened fire when the man raised the knife and moved toward them.

Kuntz says the suspect was black.

SMALL PLANE-CRASH

Pilot hurt in crash of small plane

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a pilot has been seriously injured in the crash of a small plane at a western Missouri airport.

Grain Valley police said the crash occurred around 2 p.m. Tuesday as the pilot was trying to land the single-engine plane at East Kansas City Airport, about 20 miles east of Kansas City.

The pilot was the only person on board and was taken to a hospital. The plane was heavily damaged.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were heading to the scene to handle the investigation.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-HOLDER

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder's trip to Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday brings the full weight of the U.S. government to its investigation of the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Holder is uniquely suited to the task of reassuring protesters that the case will be handled fairly. The first African-American to serve as attorney general, he's pushed the government into bolder action on civil rights. He's championed reduced sentences for non-violent drug crimes, opposed voting restrictions and cracked down on brutality and racial bias by police.

Holder says he knows from personal experience as a young man what it's like to be stopped and searched by police without cause. And he says the Trayvon Martin case prompted him to warn his teenage son how to act if that happens to him.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-CIVIL RIGHTS

Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Coalition members, including the ACLU and National Bar Association, have filed lawsuits seeking the incident report in the shooting of Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. The Justice Department has launched an independent investigation into the case.

They want Justice officials to prepare reports on police killings, police training, police oversight, racial profiling of minorities and youth, and police policies such as "stop-and-frisk."

The group has recommended that dashboard cameras be mandatory in police cars, that police officers wear body cameras, and that a law enforcement commission be created to review police tactics.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-FUNERAL

Michael Brown funeral set for Monday

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Funeral services for the black 18-year-old killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri are planned for Monday.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Michael Brown, says the exact time and location for the memorial has not been finalized.

The shooting of the unarmed Brown by officer Darren Wilson has stoked more than a week of unrest in the city. Police have used tear gas, sound projectors and other means to turn back demonstrators, some of whom have lobbed Molotov cocktails and bottles at officers.

The volatile scenes prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in an effort control the unrest.

STEPDAUGHTER KILLED

Court rejects appeal in killing of 9-year-old girl

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a southwest Missouri man who admitted raping and killing a 9-year-old girl.

The court on Tuesday rejected numerous arguments in Christopher Collings' appeal for the November 2007 death of Rowan Ford.

The girl was taken from her home in Stella and found a week later in a sinkhole in McDonald County. Her stepfather, David Spears, was also charged with murder and rape but pleaded guilty to reduced charges of child endangerment and hindering prosecution. Prosecutors said there was no physical evidence tying Spears to the killing.

Collings' lawyers argued among other things that the trial court should have excluded his confession. Collings had said he "freaked out" and strangled Rowan because she looked at him while being raped.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-SCHOOLS

Start of school again delayed in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The start of fall classes has been postponed again in the St. Louis suburb where a fatal police shooting continues to provoke unrest.

Classes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District were scheduled to begin on Aug. 14, five days after 18-year-old Michael Brown's death. The district initially postponed the start of school until Monday due to safety concerns, then decided to wait another full week until Aug. 25.

The nearby Jennings and Riverview Gardens school districts have also canceled classes Tuesday after starting back up just days earlier.

Classes in the Normandy school district began as scheduled on Monday. Brown was a 2014 graduate of Normandy High School.

SCOOTER FATALITY

Tennessee man dies in crash in Branson

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Tennessee man died when the scooter he was riding was hit near Branson.

Joshua Wood, a 29-year-old man from Big Sandy, Tennessee, died Monday night in the collision on Highway 65 about a mile north of Branson.

The patrol says Wood was either slowing down or stopped on the highway when he was hit from behind. He died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

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