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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard on Thursday to begin "systematically withdrawing" from Ferguson, Mo., after the reserve force was called in earlier this week to protect local law enforcement officials.

“As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson," Nixon said in a statement.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry warned a Washington, D.C. crowd that there's a "very real possibility" that terrorists from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico.

"Certainly there a great concern that the border between the United States and Mexico is un-secure, and we don't know who's using that. What I will share with you is that we've seen historic high levels of individuals from countries with terrorist ties over the course of the last months," he said on Wednesday during a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research and advocacy group, when asked if ISIS members had been crossing the southern border.

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Some schools in a St. Louis area school district are instructing teachers to change the subject if the police shooting and ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., come up in class.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that teachers in middle schools and high schools in the Edwardsville School District, an Illinois suburb of St. Louis about 25 miles from Ferguson, have been told to “change the subject and refocus the students” if Ferguson is brought up.

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Many Americans don’t know it, but U.S. carbon emissions are at their lowest level in twenty years. The reason? America's historic shift to natural gas for electricity production.

From East Coast to West, power companies are using natural gas to generate electricity because of its domestic abundance and affordability. Critically, it also emits about half as much carbon as coal does to produce the same amount of electricity. By 2040, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that natural gas will become the primary energy source America uses to generate power.

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