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1. ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH

A doctor, a genie and everything in between: The world lost a comic icon yesterday, his death sudden and unexpected. Robin Williams, who left a lasting impression on both young and old in numerous memorable turns, apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. In public and in his movie roles, he was irreverent, he was quirky, he had a motor mouth. In private, he battled demons. He  made at least two trips to drug rehab, including a visit this summer. He was 63.

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. “

President Barack Obama

2. MISSOURI TEEN SHOOTING

Violence flares again: Yesterday was supposed to be Michael Brown’s first day at technical college. But the 18-year-old teen was shot dead by a cop over the weekend. And since then, the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has been a racially-charged tinderbox. Residents say the African-American teen was unarmed and surrendering when the officer opened fire. Cops say he attacked the officer and tried to take his gun. A Sunday vigil devolved into violence and looting. And then last night, cops fired tear gas to disperse a crowd. The feds have opened an inquiry, with Attorney General Eric Holder saying the shooting “deserves a fulsome review.”

3. RACE TRACK DEATH

Fatal confrontation: One makes millions on the NASCAR circuit, but loves racing against amateurs on dirt tracks. The other had been winning races since he got behind the wheel of a go-kart at 4. The confrontation between the two turned deadly Saturday when three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. Ward had gotten out of his car to vent his anger after a tangle with Stewart caused him to spin out. His autopsy said he died of “massive blunt trauma.” Cops say they’re investigating, but so far there’s no evidence that a crime was committed.

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