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Hundreds demonstrate peacefully in embattled Ferguson, Mo.

Hundreds demonstrate peacefully in embattled Ferguson, Mo.

Boisterous yet peaceful demonstrations continued as night fell in Ferguson on Thursday under the lower-key supervision of police in standard uniforms. There were no assault rifles, riot gear or armored personnel vehicles that had inflamed tensions over the last week in this St. Louis suburb that has seethed with anger over the police killing of an unarmed black man.

Hundreds gathered near the site where police had fired tear gas and rubber bullets into unruly crowds for four straight nights in a show of force that was nationally criticized.

Hours earlier, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put the State Highway Patrol in charge of security over local law enforcement agencies and placed...

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