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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.

Obama says Holder will travel to the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday.

Holder recently authorized a federal autopsy on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot on Aug. 9. Brown was black; the officer who shot him was white.

Obama spoke from the White House on Monday after independent autopsy results determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is lifting a neighborhood curfew but calling in the National Guard to help restore order.


Gov. Nixon called up the troops early Monday following an overnight clash between police and what he called "a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community."

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