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Two Minneapolis Men Charged with Trying to Help ISIS

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The FBI has arrested a Minneapolis college student and charged another man — who is still overseas — for allegedly being part of a conspiracy to help ISIS, authorities said.

Abdullah Yusuf, 18, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, was arrested Tuesday as part of a broader FBI investigation in Minnesota targeting “numerous individuals” there who have tried to join ISIS or had successfully made their way to war-torn Syria and Iraq, where the terrorist group is wreaking havoc and radicalizing others around the world through online propaganda.

According to federal authorities, Yusuf knew another Minnesota man who went to Syria in March — and two months later Yusuf tried to go there himself.

This past spring, Yusuf obtained a passport and bought an airline ticket to Turkey, where he would find his way into Syria, according to federal prosecutors.

On May 28, after his father dropped him off at school, Yusuf made his way to the airport, but the FBI caught up to him there and told him he couldn’t leave for Turkey, authorities said.

Charges against 20-year-old Abdi Nur were also announced on Tuesday. According to charging documents, he left for Turkey in May. He was supposed to return to the United States in June, but he never came back.

“More than 16,000 recruits from over 90 countries traveled to Syria to become foreign terrorist fighters with alarming consequences,” said the head of the Justice Department National Security Division, John Carlin. “This is a global crisis and we will continue our efforts to prevent Americans from joining the fight and to hold accountable those who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.”

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Gunshots During Ferguson Protests Prompt Temporary Flight Restriction at St. Louis Airport

dave_valler/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Lambert – St. Louis International Airport was subject to a temporary flight restriction Monday night into Tuesday morning due to gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, reports of gunshots created a sufficient hazard that only law enforcement aircraft were permitted to fly through the area beginning at 10:15 p.m. local time.

The restriction prevented approach at multiple runways at the St. Louis airport. The FAA said 10 inbound flights were diverted to other airports. Five additional arriving flights were cancelled, the airport said.

The flight restriction was lifted at about 5 a.m. local time, with a limited number of early morning flights cancelled.

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Student Leaders at University of Virginia Aim to End Sexual Violence

Alessandro Drago/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Student leaders at the University of Virginia on Monday vowed to find a solution to sexual violence, in the wake of an article in Rolling Stone magazine that detailed a horrifying sexual assault case at the school in 2012 and the way in which that case was handled.

According to a news release from the school, Student Council President Jalen Ross called the article a “wakeup call.”

“Sexual assault is a problem that needs our undivided attention,” Ross added. “Thousands of us this week have committed to responding to this hard problem with hard work and I hope that each and every one of you will join us in doing that.”

Ross, along with Brian Head, President of One in Four, Ashley Brown, president of One Less, and Tommy Reid, president of the school’s Inter-Fraternity Council spoke out about the article on Monday. One in Four and One Less are student organizations dedicated to educating students about and preventing rape and sexual assault on the university’s campus.

Over the weekend, school President Teresa Sullivan announced that all of the school’s fraternities would be suspended until at least Jan. 9, and that all associated social activities would be cancelled.

The university’s Board of Visitors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday “to discuss the University’s policies and procedures regarding sexual assault.”

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Police Officer Wounded in Shooting Near Ferguson

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.) — A police officer in University City, Missouri was wounded in a shooting late Monday, but at this point it’s not clear whether the shooting is related to protests in nearby Ferguson, authorities said.

The officer’s condition is unknown.

The St. Louis County Police Department confirmed the shooting, saying a search for the suspect is underway.

Local and national protests followed Monday’s announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Officer Darren Wilson’s Story of Shooting Michael Brown

Brown family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Officer Darren Wilson said Michael Brown “had the most intense aggressive face I’ve ever seen on a person,” when the unarmed 18-year-old turned to face him after the two struggled in Wilson’s patrol car, and the teen kept coming at him even after he’d shot him multiple times.

“After I fired multiple shots I paused for a second, yelled at him to get on the ground again, he was in the same state. Still charging in, hands still in his waistband,” Wilson told police investigators the morning after the fatal shooting.

“I fired another set of shots. Same thing, still running at me, hadn’t slowed down, hands still in his waistband,” Wilson said. “He gets about eight to 10 feet away, he’s still coming at me in the same way. I fired more shots. One of those, however many of them, hit on him in the head and he went down right there.”

Wilson’s account was part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that investigated the Aug. 9 shooting.

The evidence was released by the St. Louis County prosecutor Monday evening after the grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

Wilson said he had heard that someone had stolen cigarillos from the nearby Ferguson Market just before he saw two young men walking in the middle of the street, disrupting traffic.

He said that after he asked the two to move onto the sidewalk, one said, “F*** what you have to say,” as they passed him.

“When he said that, it drew my attention totally to Brown,” he said. “It was a very unusual and not expected response from a simple request.”

Then he noticed that Brown was carrying packages of cigarillos, which had been reported stolen, he said.

He called for backup and then backed up his car to cut them off, he said. When he started to open the door and called to Brown, the young man responded: “What the f*** are you gonna do?” he said.

The officer told investigators that when he tried to open the door, Brown slammed it shut.

“He was just staring at me, almost like to intimidate me or to overpower me,” Wilson said. “The intense face he has was just not what I expected.”

Wilson said he tried to open his door again, telling Brown to “get the f*** back,” but Brown grabbed the door and slammed it, then ducked his head inside the open window.

“I don’t remember seeing him come at me, but I was hit right here in the side of the face with a fist,” Wilson said. “I think it was a full-on swing, but not a full shot.”

When Brown turned to give the cigarillos he was carrying in his left hand to the other young man, Wilson tried to grab his right “to get out, to have some type of control and not be trapped in my car anymore,” he said.

“And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan,” he said.

As the two struggled, with Wilson seated inside the car and Brown leaning in through the open window, he tried to get his mace canister but couldn’t reach it, according to the officer’s account.

“I thought I was already compromised enough. I drew my firearm, I pointed at him,” Wilson said.

He said that when he warned Brown he was going to shoot him and told him to get on the ground, the teen grabbed the gun and said, “You are too much of a p***y to shoot me.”

“When he grabbed my gun, he twisted it, pointed at me and into my hip pelvic area,” he said.

“I know his hand was around my trigger finger which was inside the trigger guard, and when he grabbed it he pushed it down and angled it to where it was like this in my hip,” Wilson said. “I was guaranteed he was going to shoot me.”

Brown had “completely overpowered” him, Wilson said, but he was able to twist the gun around and get a shot off, and then another, but he didn’t know what he had hit.

“It was a, just one of these to get him off me,” Wilson said.

He said he radioed for more patrol cars, then yelled for Brown, who was running then, to stop and get on the ground.

Brown stopped, but he didn’t get down, Wilson said.

“When he stopped, he turned, looked at me, made like a grunting noise and had the most intense aggressive face I’ve ever seen on a person,” Wilson said.

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Evidence Photos Show Officer Darren Wilson Following Fatal Michael Brown Shooting

St. Louis County Prosecutors Office(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Evidence photos released by the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday show Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the days after the fatal August altercation with unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

In one set of images, Wilson sits inside a doctor’s office, staring ahead.

A bruise can be seen on his right cheek — about two inches long, his check shaded red — but with no major injuries visible.

The corner of his lip is slightly swelled, according to the photos.

A second set of images — seemingly taken days later — shows Wilson wearing a St. Louis Blues hockey T-shirt, his cheek and lip clear of any bruising.

The photos were filed as evidence on Aug. 21 — 12 days after the shooting — but it’s not specifically clear when the photographs were taken.

The gun used in the fatal shooting was also featured in the set of photographs released Monday, just hours after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

The deadly confrontation sparked riots and national attention. The images were released with other evidence stemming from the shooting.

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Fires, Looting Reported in Missouri Following Grand Jury Decision

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters in Missouri have turned violent Monday night following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any criminal charges relating to the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

ABC’s Jim Ryan is at the scene in Ferguson, and he reported five or six gunshots coming from near the police station.

The St. Louis County police says that a storage facility and meat market were set on fire by looters.

St. Louis County police confirm that tear gas was used “after smoke was unsuccessful” in dispersing the crowds.

Police are continuing to work to break up the violence and a “No Fly Zone” is in place over Ferguson.

Several hundred protesters blocked Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis. Riot police are now on the scene and some of the protesters are reportedly climbing on the cars.

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Protests have also spread to other cities.

In New York, approximately 200 people gathered in Union Square, then marched to Times Square. In Philadelphia, several hundred people marched along Market Street in downtown. In Chicago, about 200 demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.

In Washington, about 150 to 200 people are marching towards the White House. And in Los Angeles, about 100 people are marching downtown on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Marches were also reported in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle.

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Violence Reported in Missouri Following Grand Jury Decision

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters in Missouri are having strong reactions Monday night following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any criminal charges relating to the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

ABC’s Jim Ryan is at the scene in Ferguson, and he reported five or six gunshots coming from near the police station.

There are also reports of fires and tear gas in the streets. Police are working to disperse the crowds.

Several hundred protesters blocked Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis. Riot police are now on the scene and some of the protesters are reportedly climbing on the cars.

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Protests have also spread to other cities.

In New York, approximately 200 people gathered in Union Square, then marched to Times Square. In Philadelphia, several hundred people marched along Market Street in downtown. In Chicago, about 200 demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.

In Washington, about 150 to 200 people are marching towards the White House. And in Los Angeles, about 100 people are marching downtown on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Marches were also reported in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that “no probable cause exists” to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was “presented with five indictments” ranging from “murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter.”

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it “tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

“All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence,” MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are “the only people who have heard and examined every witness.”

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that “no probable cause exists” to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was “presented with five indictments” ranging from “murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter.”

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it “tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

“All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence,” MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are “the only people who have heard and examined every witness.”

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

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