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President's police policy.... Vowing to help Iraqis... Court rules in YouTube's favor



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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the use of militarized gear by local police departments can give the public the feeling that law enforcement is like "an occupying force." He says such an image can send the wrong message to the community the police is trying to protect. The president announced in Camden, New Jersey, that he's cutting back on shipments of military equipment to local police.

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House is vowing to help Iraqis reclaim the city of Ramadi, which is now in the hands of Islamic State militants. White House spokesman Eric Schultz characterized the fall of Ramadi as a "setback," and says the United States is supporting Iraqi forces with precision airstrikes and military advice.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film titled "Innocence of Muslims" that sparked violence in the Middle East. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco sided with Google, which owns YouTube, saying the previous decision by a three-member panel of the same court gave "short shrift" to the First Amendment.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A roaring avalanche of mud and debris devastated a mountainous town in western Colombia before dawn today, killing at least 49 (new figure) people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Rescuers supported by police helicopters are evacuating residents near the ravine for fear of another mudslide.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues legend B.B. King will be buried in Mississippi. But a public viewing and a private service for family members will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent home. King died Thursday at home in Las Vegas at age 89.

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