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1. MISSOURI TEEN SHOOTING

Tensions ease: Ferguson remained at peace overnight for the first time since Michael Brown was killed. And protesters have learned that their demand to know the name of the officer who shot him may be met soon. Brown, an African-American teen, was shot to death on Saturday. The crowds swelled and became more diverse on Thursday; their chants for justice accompanied a concert of honking car horns, and though their cause was somber, their mood was buoyant. Many praised a new security arrangement, now lead by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for the change of tide.

2. IRAQ

Stepping down: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has given up the fight to keep his post, clearing the way for a new leader that many hope can mend sectarian divisions as the nation battles brutal extremist fighters. In a televised address yesterday, al-Maliki withdrew his candidacy for a third term and endorsed Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi. Government forces are battling Sunni fighters with the so-called Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.

3. ROBIN WILLIAMS

Words from his wife: Robin Williams was sober but was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died, his widow said yesterday. The diagnosis of the progressive illness was “an additional fear and burden in his life,” a person familiar with Williams’ family told CNN on Thursday. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home Monday from what investigators believe was a suicide by hanging.

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Five Things To Know For Your New Day – Friday, August 15, 2014  was originally published on praisecleveland.com