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U.S. police come under gunfire, arrest 31 in Ferguson, Missouri racial unrest

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Another night of clashes between protesters and riot police in Ferguson, Missouri. Police say they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people overnight, as rioters hurled petrol bombs and bottles at officers near their armored vehicles. Police responded with teargas and stun grenades but say they fired no bullets. It was the tenth night of violent protest in this St. Louis suburb, demonstrators angry over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol appealed for peaceful protesters to distance themselves from those he calls agitators. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON OF MISSOURI STATE POLICE SAYING: "I want to encourage the good people of this area to come out and protest tomorrow during the daytime hours, make your voices heard when you can be seen and you're not the cover for violent agitators." President Obama has sent his top justice official, Eric Holder, to Ferguson to help oversee a federal investigation into the August 9 shooting. He's also calling for calm... although to date, those calls have fallen on deaf ears.