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Sunday - 8/17/2014, 6:40am  ET

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI

1 wounded as Police enforce curfew in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say one person was shot and critically wounded and seven people were arrested as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen walking down the street had been shot by a white police officer.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says his department's strong response early Sunday morning came after a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew took hold in Ferguson, and was precipitated by two events.

Johnson says concerns about people who'd broken into a barbecue restaurant and taken position on the roof overlooking approaching police was one concern. He says another concern involved a man flashing a handgun appeared in the middle of the street as armored vehicles approached.

Johnson says someone also fired at a patrol car, but no officers were injured.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot Aug. 9, prompting protests, unrest and claims of civil rights violations.

MISSING AMISH GIRLS

Prosecutor: Couple sexually abused 2 Amish sisters

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say the northern New York couple charged in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters were prowling for easy targets and sexually abused the girls before letting them go.

The Hermon couple have been arraigned on charges of kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said Saturday the girls were sexually abused, and the county sheriff said Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey may have planned to abduct other children.

Vaisey's lawyer told The New York Times that Vaisey apparently was submissive to Howell, like his "slave." There was no answer at the law office representing Howells.

Howells and Vaisey are being held without bail and have a preliminary court appearance scheduled Thursday.

UKRAINE

Ukraine says rebels shoot down fighter jet

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian military spokesman says separatist rebels in the east have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane.

The spokesman says the plane was shot down over the Luhansk region after launching an attack on rebels. The pilot ejected and was taken to a secure place.

Further details were not immediately available.

The city of Luhansk is encircled by Ukrainian forces and is reportedly suffering from severe electrical outages and shortages of food and medicine. Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, is also suffering through fighting including frequent shelling.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

Optimism fades as talks to resume on Gaza war

CAIRO (AP) -- A Palestinian negotiator says his side is "less optimistic" on indirect talks with Israel over the Gaza war as a deadline on a temporary cease-fire looms.

The negotiator spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity as the Palestinian team arrived at the Cairo International Airport. Israeli officials were expected to arrive later.

A current cease-fire in the war is due to expire at midnight Monday (2100 GMT).

The Palestinian negotiator says that a key sticking point remains Hamas' insistence that Israel to pledge to end its Gaza blockade before the talks conclude.

The United Nations says close to 2,000 Palestinians have been killed -- most civilians -- and more than 10,000 people have been wounded since the war began July 8. Israel has lost 67 people, all but three soldiers.

PLANE CRASH

1 dead, 1 hurt in northern California plane crash

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a small airplane crashed near a Northern California airport, killing one person and injuring another.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's office says the Starduster biplane was heading to the Swansboro Country Airport when it crashed about 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Sacramento Bee reports that officials said one man aboard the airplane was pronounced dead when deputies arrived at the scene.

Capt. Kalan Richards of the Cameron Park Fire Department says the other passenger was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Authorities did not release the identities of either person.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer tells the Bee that the cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

SHOOTOUT-CHILD KILLED

Girl, 3, killed in shootout between man, police

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland police say a 3-year-old girl died from wounds received during a shootout between authorities and the man driving a car she was in.

Police said the man shot at officers and six officers returned fire on two occasions Saturday in Temple Hills, killing him the second time.

After the shooting stopped, officers found the girl in the car, suffering from a gunshot wound. She died later Saturday.

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