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More protests in St. Louis ... Tragic loss in Washington state ... North and South Korea exchange gunfire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 20, 2015 at 4:40 a.m.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police in St. Louis say an 18-year-old black man they fatally shot yesterday had just come from a house where they were serving a search warrant. Police say Mansur Ball-Bey pulled a gun on them before they fired. The shooting prompted protests in the streets, with demonstrators throwing glass bottles and bricks and police using tear gas. At least nine people were arrested.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials say they're "devastated by the tragic loss" of three firefighters who were battling wildfires in Washington state. Authorities say the three were killed yesterday in Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) County when their vehicle crashed and likely was caught by flames. The news came as officials urged people in the outdoor recreation centers of Twisp and Wintrop to evacuate. Firefighters are battling numerous wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea have been exchanging gunfire along the border today. The South's Defense Ministry says its military fired dozens of shells at North Korea after the North lobbed a single artillery round at a South Korean border town. An official says about 80 residents in the town were evacuated to underground bunkers.

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Seven people were killed when two planes carrying dozens of parachutists collided in midair today over western Slovakia. A government official says some 40 people were on board the two planes at the time of the crash. He says some of the parachutists survived because they jumped before the collision.

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother accused of killing her three young sons is scheduled to appear in court this morning. Logan County prosecutors say 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington was depressed and was dominated and isolated by her husband, a man nearly twice her age. Authorities allege that Pilkington killed a 3-month-old son on Tuesday, another infant son in July 2014 and a 4-year-old son in April because Pilkington's husband wasn't paying enough attention to her and their 3-year-old daughter.

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