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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.
US judge Thomas Griesa on Thursday branded Argentina's move to pay bondholders against his orders "illegal", but he held back from ruling the country in contempt of court. He demanded that Argentina not carry out the new plan, aimed at evading his freeze on a June bond payment, but added that, "In my judgment, it does not add to the scales of settlement to make a finding of contempt." Hedge funds who won their case against Argentina over defaulted bonds in Griesa's court had asked the New York federal judge to declare the country in contempt after President Cristina Kirchner unveiled the new tactic on Tuesday. Argentina refuses to pay the hedge funds the full $1.3 billion value of their bonds, arguing that the two so-called holdouts lost their claim when they refused to join the restructuring of the nearly $100 billion in debt the country defaulted on in 2001.