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Police clash with protesters after another fatal shooting near Ferguson

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An 18-year-old Black teen was shot and killed by police late Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri, prompting another confronation between officers and demonstrators accusing authorities of excessive use of force, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The victim was identified as Antonio Martin. Protesters accused police of failing to call for medical assistance for Martin immediately after the shooting at a local gas station.

KSDK-TV reported that, according to St. Louis County police, Martin pointed a handgun at the officer during a “business check” of the gas station.

“Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” police said in a statement, adding that they recovered a handgun at the scene that they said belonged to Martin.
KSDK posted the statement online, which can be seen below:

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Berkeley is two miles away from Ferguson, site of the fatal shooting of another 18-year-old Black teen, Michael Brown, this past August. That shooting sparked demonstrations nationwide criticizing police tactics. The Post-Dispatch reported that around 60 people gathered at the gas station shortly after Martin’s death, and posted video from the scene:

Witnesses said a flash bang went off at the gas station, and at least three protesters were arrested.

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A livestream from the scene of the protest, as posted online by “Stackizshort,” can be seen below.



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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story quoted a person who spoke to the Huffington Post identifying himself as a witness to the shooting. However, the person has seemingly recanted his account.


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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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