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national lead

November 26th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Ferguson poised for third night of chaos

(CNN) – The National Guard has been credited with keeping the violence in Ferguson in check Tuesday night. Will there be the same number of troops on the ground tonight?

CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

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November 14th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Protesters in Ferguson armed with new media, prepared to stream events live

(CNN) – The community of Ferguson is preparing for protests by boarding up, and buying food and supplies. Some are just going to wait it out and do nothing.

But if or when the protests in Ferguson happen, protesters are prepared to capture it all, using a cell phone, an internet hot spot, and streaming software to show live pictures to online viewers around the world.

CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

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world lead

August 13th, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Arab neighbors joined ISIS slaughter, escaped Yazidi says

Faysh Khabur, Iraq (CNN) - In an exodus of almost biblical proportions, thousands trudge across a river to escape killers belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Entire families carry nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some are barefoot.

Jamal Jamir, a 23-year-old university student from Sinjar, told CNN his family fled to the barren and windswept Mount Sinjar more than a week ago after ISIS captured their town. The group, which calls itself the Islamic State, has been on a rampage, killing members of various minorities, including Yazidis.

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July 24th, 2014
04:38 PM ET

U.S. has 'evidence that Russia is firing' into Ukraine

(CNN) – The United States said it has proof that Russia is firing into Ukraine.

"We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions," said State Department spokesoman Marie Harf.

Two U.S. officials said earlier Thursday that Russian troops near the border with Ukraine have broken up into smaller groups and moved closer to the border.

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July 8th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

Marijuana growers worsening California's drought

Mendocino County, California (CNN) – Wardens with guns drawn climbed to the top of a look out, before making the steep and dangerous descent into the world of the illegal drug trade.

They're hunting for marijuana, which has been legalized for medicinal use in the state since 1996.

But California's Department of Fish and Wildlife recently created a Marijuana Enforcement Team that is aggressively trying to eradicate it and jail the growers.

In the middle of California's most pristine public land, during one of the state's worst droughts, pipes are snaking through streams, and siphoning off large amounts of the public's water to grow weed.
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