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The governor of the US state of Missouri urged calm on Monday ahead of a verdict on whether to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. There is no indication yet as to whether or not officer Darren Wilson will face charges for the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, a suburb just outside St Louis. He could be indicted for murder in the first or second degree or for manslaughter -- or the grand jury could decide that he acted in self-defense and that there is no need for him to go on trial. The grand jury announcement will be made at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, at 8:00 pm (0200 GMT Tuesday), St Louis County prosecutors said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.