9.18.2017

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09.18.2017
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St. Louis.
Protesters marched for a third day in St. Louis on Sunday, following the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley - charged with first degree murder - shot Smith after a high-speed chase that began when Stockley approached Smith on suspicion of a drug deal. During the case, prosecutors alleged Stockley planted a gun in Smith's car - suggestive video evidence was captured (see clip) and analysis only revealed Stockley's DNA on the gun, not Smith's. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson disagreed, saying they did not prove that Stockley "did not act in self-defense" (full decision here). Though the shooting occurred in 2011, Stockley wasn't charged until May of 2016 - with officials citing new evidence. The shooting of Smith, who was black, and acquittal of Stockley, a white (former) officer, stokes tensions over potential racial bias in police shootings - particularly in St. Louis. Sunday's protest, which drew over 1,000 people, turned violent, with over 80 people arrested by nightfall.

London.
Police arrested a second man late Saturday in connection with the bombing of a London Underground train early Friday morning. The bomb only partially detonated, injuring 30 but killing none - though the attackers used the same powerful explosive, triacetone triperoxide (TATP), used in May's Manchester Arena bombing. Officials said they believed it was not a lone wolf attack, but that it was "too early to reach conclusions". The attack, which was London's fourth this year, was unusual for its location - the Parsons Green train depot services Hammersmith and Fulham, both quiet suburbs. By Sunday, officials had searched three properties in connection with the two men, aged 18 and 21, including the home of a couple who had previously been decorated by the Queen for public service in fostering children. 

Emmys.
The 69th Annual Emmy awards were handed out last night, with comedian Stephen Colbert turning a well-received performance as host. The Handmaid's Tale was the big winner taking home five awards, including a win for outstanding drama series. Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) won top individual honors with wins for Lead Actor/Actress in a drama series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history for most awards won by a single performer in the same role - picking up a sixth consecutive win for best actress in a comedy for her lead role in . TVs big night wasn't without politics - Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the end of host Stephen Colbert's monologue, promising big ratings. You can see a complete list of winners here and take a look at some of the best dressed celebs on the red carpet

 
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