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national lead

November 25th, 2014
04:40 PM ET

Governor orders more troops to Ferguson

(CNN) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered additional resources to Ferguson and the region "to prevent a repetition of the lawlessness experienced overnight," he told reporters Tuesday. "The National Guard presence will be ramped up significantly," he said.

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November 20th, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Police, FBI on alert for Ferguson reaction

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - A tense Ferguson is awaiting to hear whether a St. Louis County grand jury believes Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

The grand jury hearing evidence plans to meet Friday for what might be its final session.

A decision on whether to charge Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said.

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November 19th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Grand jury decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson could come Friday

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said.

St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to present more evidence to the grand jury before starting deliberations, and a decision on an indictment is expected soon after, the law enforcement officials said.

If a decision comes Friday, prosecutors are expected to provide law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making a public announcement, possibly on Sunday.

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May 28th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

The words Maya Angelou left behind

Inspired by Maya Angelou? Read your favorite Angelou quote on video and send it to CNN iReport.

(CNN) - A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. Angelou had been "frail" and suffering from heart problems, the agent said.

Angelou's legacy is twofold. She leaves behind a body of important artistic work that influenced several generations. But the 86-year-old was praised by those who knew her as a good person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality.

In her full life, she wrote staggeringly beautiful poetry. She also wrote a cookbook and was nominated for a Tony. She delivered a poem at a presidential inauguration. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

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