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VATICAN CITY - A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy - abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.
There were six to eight arrests, but the actions in a St. Louis suburb were more calm than before.
BERKELEY, Mo. - Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Mo., killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.
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