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Protester charged with setting fire

A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson has been charged with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb.

A St. Louis County jail official said Joshua Williams, 19, was being held Saturday on $30,000 bond on charges that included arson.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that media outlets and store surveillance captured images of a man trying to set a pile of wood on fire early Wednesday outside a QuikTrip in Berkeley. Charges filed Saturday said Williams confessed in a videotaped interview. Berkeley police shot and killed a man late Tuesday at a gas station near the QuikTrip, and a large crowd gathered to protest.

Williams was frequently quoted and photographed protesting Michael Brown's death. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. - AP


Bush still in hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend after experiencing shortness of breath during the week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday that Bush's condition has improved and doctors are discussing dates for his discharge, but he will remain for now at Houston's Methodist Hospital for observation. Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, was taken by ambulance to the hospital Tuesday for what was reported as a precaution. - AP


Patient charged

Police say a patient at a state-run psychiatric center in New York City has been charged with killing another patient inside the facility. The New York Police Department said Saturday that Brett Smith, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder. Police say Smith was arrested after Leon Little, 51, was found unconscious inside the Bronx Psychiatric Center around 8 p.m. Friday. - AP