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Ferguson police to name officer in Michael Brown shooting

The Ferguson, Mo., police department on Friday will identify the officer who shot Michael Brown, whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.

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Iconic Woodstock Music and Art Fair celebrates 45th anniversary

Forty-five years ago this Friday, Bethel, N.Y., was a lot louder as the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened its weekend of music, art and hippie culture. It brought together thousands in one of the most iconic music festival in American history. Today, it remains a symbol of freedom. Woodstock gave way to legends with performances from Janis Joplin and The Who, while guitarist Jimi Hendrix closed the show with his re-imagining of The Star Spangled Banner.

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Pope Francis to address survivors of South Korea Ferry accident

During his visit to South Korea and the first visit from a pope in 15 years, Pope Francis will meet with Catholic youths from across Asia gathered for the Asian version of World Youth Day. Survivors of South Korea's April ferry disaster, which left more than 300 people — most of them high school students — dead or missing were attending the Mass and Francis was expected to offer words of consolation to them.

ICYMI: FBI reports find local police involved in 400 'justifiable homicides'

A report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows that a white police officer killed a black person nearly two times a week in the United States during a seven-year period ending in 2012. It goes on to show that 18% of the African Americans killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites.

USA TODAY investigative reporter Brad Heath explains findings behind police shootings.

Federal Bullying Prevention Summit to open in Washington

The day-long event hosted by the Department of Education will bring together experts and educators to address the issue of bullying nationwide. Representatives from Facebook as well as various colleges and government agencies are expected to speak, while a number of current students share their experience with bullying.

Bonus: 100th anniversary of Panama Canal

And, the essentials:

Weather: Much of the nation will see clear skies on Friday, with only a few pockets of rain expected.

Stocks:​ Stock futures pointed to another happy day on Wall Street.

TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch this weekend? TV critic Robert Bianco rummages through The Leftovers and Betrayed.

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Contributing: The Associate Press, John Barry, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal

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