The Brown Family / Facebook(ST. LOUIS) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon pleaded for calm Monday evening, just hours ahead of a grand jury’s decision whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Nixon made a brief statement as the region waited tensely for the grand jury’s ruling on Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. Earlier in the evening officials said the panel had concluded its deliberations.

The decision is expected to be announced at 9 p.m. ET.

“Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint,” the governor said.

Nixon said he was in Ferguson earlier Monday. “It is understandable that, like the rest of us, they are on edge waiting for a decision.”

He said authorities were making sure the “best and most experienced officers” would be on the street Monday night.

“The Grand Jury hearing the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson investigation has reached a decision and it will be announced later today,” the office of the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County said on Monday.

The panel must decide whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Brown on Aug. 9.

The grand jury has been working on the case since Aug. 20 — less than two weeks after the shooting — meeting at least once every week.

The question that the jurors had to answer was whether or not there was probable cause to believe that Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown.

They could consider charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter up to first-degree murder, the state prosecutor’s office previously reported. The jury was also informed of the state statutes towards self-defense and the use of force by law enforcement officers.

Authorities have been preparing for the decision for days amid fear that the protests could turn violent, as some did in August following Brown’s death.

The Ferguson-Florissant School District canceled afterschool activities on Monday because of news reports that the grand jury has reached a decision, and canceled classes for Tuesday. Schools are closed for the rest of the week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The FBI sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision. They also released a memo earlier last week warning that extremists “will likely” try to infiltrate the demonstrations not only in Ferguson, but elsewhere around the country, and may use the verdict as an excuse to hack public utilities and other sites.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency last week and called out the National Guard.

Brown’s parents have made repeated calls for peace, and President Obama reiterated that message this weekend.

“Using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law and contrary to who we are,” Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager have agreed to a seven-year contract worth $100 million, according to ESPN. The deal also contains an option for an eighth year.

In 2014, the 27-year-old Seager batted .268 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs — all career highs. He also made his first All-Star team and won a Gold Glove Award.

Seattle originally selected Seager out of North Carolina in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft. In four big league seasons, he has batted .262 with 70 home runs and 264 RBIs.

Seager has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the last three seasons.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Captured Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” remains in custody in Mexico, but one of his friends, and alleged high-ranking leaders, has been sentenced in federal court in Chicago.

Federal prosecutors believe Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez was a high-ranking member of the infamous Mexican Sinaloa cartel, helping his boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.

In a plea deal, Vasquez-Hernandez admitted to smuggling 276 kilograms of cocaine into Chicago, but he denied playing a major role in the cartel. Vasquez-Hernandez has been sentenced to 22 years behind bars.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

At the annual Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House, the president heaped praise on the recipients, highlighting their distinguished and varied accomplishments. He also revealed some interesting anecdotes about the trailblazers:

1) Obama has a sweet spot for Stevie Wonder…

It turns out Stevie Wonder’s classic album Talking Book had a profound impact on Obama when he was growing up.

“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11…with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn’t have a lot of it.”

“And I listened to that thing — that thing got so worn out, had all scratches — young people, you won’t remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.

2) …But he loves Meryl:

“I love Meryl Streep,” the president proudly declared. “I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing either of them can do about it.”

“She’s done it all for her craft. She’s sung ABBA, which you know, that’s something,” he joked. “She learned violin. She wore a nun’s habit, faced down a charging lion, mastered every accent under the sun. She inhabits her characters so fully and compassionately.”

3) Sometimes you do want “nobody, nobody sent”:

Lauding the works of dedicated public servant Abner Mikva, Obama retold a story of his dogged determination.

As a young man, Mikva went to volunteer for a local committee in Chicago. When the committeeman asked who sent him, Mikva said, “Nobody.”

“The committeeman said, ‘We don’t want nobody, nobody sent,’” Obama explained. “That’s Chicago for you.”

“Despite that abrupt dismissal, Ab went on to devote his life to public service,” Obama said, including reforming the Illinois criminal code and going to great lengths to defend freedom of speech.

4) Marlo Thomas “sleeps well”:

Singling out the award-winning actress, producer, author and social activist, the president revealed what makes Thomas succeed: She’s a giver.

He explained how her father used to say there are two types of people in the world: the takers and the givers. “The takers sometimes eat better, but the givers always sleep better,” he would say.

“Marlo Thomas sleeps very well, because she’s given so much,” Obama said.

5) And “you don’t mess with Ethel”:

“To most Americans, Ethel Kennedy is known as a wife, mother and grandma,” Obama said of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow.

“On urgent human rights issues of our time, from juvenile justice to environment destruction, Ethel has been a force for change in her quiet, unflashy unstoppable way. As her family will tell you — and they basically occupy this half of the room — you don’t mess with Ethel,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Dr. Jeff Wilson wanted to simplify his life.

The professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, sold his belongings and in February moved into a used trash Dumpster 36 square feet in size. Wilson is documenting his progress on the website dumpsterproject.org, using videos and social media to showcase his sustainable living project.

“It’s really just to explore the idea of less,” he told ABC station KTRK in Houston.

Students, who helped clean the Dumpster before Wilson moved in, were stunned when he announced his plan.

“I didn’t believe it at all,” student Charles Deshaw said. “I’m like, ‘You’re really going to live in a Dumpster?’”

The front door slides shut. It’s cold at night. The walls contain decorative hangings. The home features few appliances such as a washer and dryer, which were added during the current phase of his project. The third and final phase will feature solar panels with a focus on renewable energy.

For Wilson — who goes by the nickname “Professor Dumpster” — the second night in the Dumpster was scariest.

“The trash man came by and picked up two of my neighbors,” Wilson told KTRK.

Luckily, Wilson’s new home remained untouched by trash crews. After living in the Dumpster for six months, Wilson is proud of the discourse his experiment has encouraged and that it has promoted the idea of living with less.

It’s important to “foster a conversation and keep that conversation going. We don’t know where that conversation is going to lead,” Wilson told KTRK.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Dr. Jeff Wilson wanted to simplify his life.

The professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, sold his belongings and in February moved into a used trash Dumpster 36 square feet in size. Wilson is documenting his progress on the website dumpsterproject.org, using videos and social media to showcase his sustainable living project.

“It’s really just to explore the idea of less,” he told ABC station KTRK in Houston.

Students, who helped clean the Dumpster before Wilson moved in, were stunned when he announced his plan.

“I didn’t believe it at all,” student Charles Deshaw said. “I’m like, ‘You’re really going to live in a Dumpster?’”

The front door slides shut. It’s cold at night. The walls contain decorative hangings. The home features few appliances such as a washer and dryer, which were added during the current phase of his project. The third and final phase will feature solar panels with a focus on renewable energy.

For Wilson — who goes by the nickname “Professor Dumpster” — the second night in the Dumpster was scariest.

“The trash man came by and picked up two of my neighbors,” Wilson told KTRK.

Luckily, Wilson’s new home remained untouched by trash crews. After living in the Dumpster for six months, Wilson is proud of the discourse his experiment has encouraged and that it has promoted the idea of living with less.

It’s important to “foster a conversation and keep that conversation going. We don’t know where that conversation is going to lead,” Wilson told KTRK.

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William B. Plowman/NBC(WASHINGTON) — Here are three people who could replace outgoing Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel:

Ashton Carter, Former Deputy Defense Secretary

Dr. Ashton Carter served as the Deputy Defense Secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, where he oversaw military budgeting during a troubling financial time for the department.

As Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from April 2009 to October 2011, and continuing into his job as Deputy Defense Secretary, Carter was instrumental in supplying U.S. troops based in Iraq and Afghanistan with Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, a counteract to IEDs.

He also served in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

Carter graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with degrees in physics and medieval history, and received his doctorate at University of Oxford. Before Dr. Carter got involved in politics, he was chair of Harvard’s International and Global Affairs. Dr. Carter is also the co-author of several books on national security and defense.

Michelle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense

Michelle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, became the Pentagon’s highest ranking woman ever when she was confirmed by the Senate in 2009. A so-called “key architect” of President Obama’s national security policy, Flournoy served for three years as the principal adviser to then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

In 2012, she stepped down from her Defense Department position to become a national security adviser on Obama’s re-election campaign. She later joined the Boston Consulting Group as a senior advisor to the public sector.

Flournoy earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s degree in international relations from Balliol College at the University of Oxford.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

Jack Reed, the senior senator from Rhode Island who just won re-election, is poised to become the top Democrat on the Armed Serves Committee in the next Congress.

In 2007, the West Point alumnus rose to national prominence when he delivered Democrats’ response to then-President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address, calling the war in Iraq “a flawed strategy that diverted attention and resources away from hunting down Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network.”

Prior to his election to the Senate in 1996, Reed served three terms in Rhode Island’s State Senate and three terms in the U.S. House. After his graduation from West Point in 1971, he received an active duty commission in the Army, and earned a master’s degree in public policy and later a law degree from Harvard.

Though Reed’s name has been floated as a potential replacement, Reed’s spokesperson says the senator “does not wish to be considered” for the Secretary of Defense or any other cabinet position.

“Senator Reed loves his job and wants to continue serving the people of Rhode Island in the United States Senate,” said Reed’s press secretary, Chip Unruh. “He has made it very clear that he does not wish to be considered for Secretary of Defense or any other cabinet position. He just asked the people of Rhode Island to hire him for another six-year term and plans on honoring that commitment.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Dr. Jeff Wilson wanted to simplify his life.

The professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, sold his belongings and in February moved into a used trash Dumpster 36 square feet in size. Wilson is documenting his progress on the website dumpsterproject.org, using videos and social media to showcase his sustainable living project.

“It’s really just to explore the idea of less,” he told ABC station KTRK in Houston.

Students, who helped clean the Dumpster before Wilson moved in, were stunned when he announced his plan.

“I didn’t believe it at all,” student Charles Deshaw said. “I’m like, ‘You’re really going to live in a Dumpster?’”

The front door slides shut. It’s cold at night. The walls contain decorative hangings. The home features few appliances such as a washer and dryer, which were added during the current phase of his project. The third and final phase will feature solar panels with a focus on renewable energy.

For Wilson — who goes by the nickname “Professor Dumpster” — the second night in the Dumpster was scariest.

“The trash man came by and picked up two of my neighbors,” Wilson told KTRK.

Luckily, Wilson’s new home remained untouched by trash crews. After living in the Dumpster for six months, Wilson is proud of the discourse his experiment has encouraged and that it has promoted the idea of living with less.

It’s important to “foster a conversation and keep that conversation going. We don’t know where that conversation is going to lead,” Wilson told KTRK.

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The Brown Family / Facebook(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis grand jury considering the shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown has completed its deliberations, sources told ABC News.

The lawyer for Brown’s family has been informed that a decision has been reached and law enforcement personnel are also being notified, sources told ABC News.

The panel must decide whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Brown on Aug. 9.

The grand jury has been working on the case since Aug. 20 — less than two weeks after the shooting — meeting at least once every week.

The question that the jurors had to answer was whether or not there was probable cause to believe that Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown.

If they decided that he was guilty of a crime, they could consider charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter up to first degree murder, the state prosecutor’s office previously reported. The jury was also informed of the state statutes towards self-defense and the use of force by law enforcement officers.

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The Brown Family / Facebook(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis grand jury considering the shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown has completed its deliberations, sources told ABC News.

The lawyer for Brown’s family has been informed that a decision has been reached and law enforcement personnel are also being notified, sources told ABC News.

The panel must decide whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Brown on Aug. 9.

The grand jury has been working on the case since Aug. 20 — less than two weeks after the shooting — meeting at least once every week.

The question that the jurors had to answer was whether or not there was probable cause to believe that Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown.

If they decided that he was guilty of a crime, they could consider charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter up to first degree murder, the state prosecutor’s office previously reported. The jury was also informed of the state statutes towards self-defense and the use of force by law enforcement officers.

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