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First relatively calm night in Ferguson since teen’s death

FERGUSON, MO. — As a grand jury began investigating whether a Ferguson police officer should be criminally charged for the death of Michael Brown, the embattled community, hit by violent protests the past 11 days, enjoyed its first night of relative calm since the teen was killed Aug. 9. By 12:30 a.m. local time Thursday, many of the 150 protesters who had paced back and forth on Ferguson’s West Florissant Avenue had gone home, tensions defused by community leaders, a more relaxed posture by police, the arrival of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and evening rain and lightning storms. Dasha Jones, 19, marched with a sign that read, “The Whole Damn System is Guilty.” She said she saw Brown’s body lying in the street for hours after his death. The image traumatized her. “I feel like that could have been any one of my family members,” said Jones, who has been protesting since the day the unarmed Brown was killed. “I’m not tired because he doesn’t have justice,” she said.

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Ice Bucket Challege co-founder dies

Corey Griffin, 27, died in a Nantucket diving accident, hours after he raised $100,000 for a Lou Gehrig’s disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge sensation. Nantucket Police tell the Boston Globe that Griffin dove into the water from the “Juice Guys” building at around 2 a.m. Saturday. An off-duty lifeguard was nearby and recovered Griffin, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Take a look back at the man who co-founded the feel-good campaign that has raised millions for ALS research.

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More British Muslims fight for IS than Britain

LONDON — It is likely that there are now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain’s military. Britain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim servicemembers in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at 500 to 800. The Foreign Office cautioned Thursday that it is difficult to provide precise numbers. The militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley in a horrifying video released this week spoke with a British accent. United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond acknowledged that the militant in the video could be a British national.

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Parents of beheaded journalist drawing on faith

They’ve done this before. Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television on Wednesday, physically connected to one another, to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their son, conflict journalist James Foley — only this time, it wasn’t to plead for his release from captors but to hail him as a hero who wanted to help people, and to thank the public for the outpouring of support that has flooded in since officials confirmed a videotaped beheading of their son was authentic. Standing in front of the family home in Rochester, N.H., on Wednesday afternoon, John Foley told reporters in the kind of voice of strength he and his wife have displayed over the years, “We’ve been through this before. Let ‘er rip.”

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