A man rides a bike as police in riot gear stand watch following a verdict. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP

Police are using pepper spray Friday evening on protesters in St. Louis, Reuters reports, citing witnesses and video. The protesters who have flooded the streets of St. Louis are gathering after a white police officer was acquitted for the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.

The judge said an "urban heroin dealer" without a weapon would be an anomaly — a statement the attorney for the mother of Smith's daughter, Christina Wilson, cited as evidence the ruling was prejudiced.

Back story: The lawyers for the police officer, Jason Stockley, said he had fired in self-defense in 2011, although he was accused of planting a gun in Smith's car.

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Leon Black says he "made a terrible mistake" doing business with Jeffrey Epstein

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Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black on Wednesday said during an earnings call that he made a "terrible mistake" by employing Jeffrey Epstein to work on personal financial and philanthropic services.

Why it matters: Apollo is one of the world's largest private equity firms, and already has lost at least one major client over Black's involvement with Epstein.

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Jeremy Corbyn suspended by U.K. Labour Party over anti-Semitism report

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The U.K. Labour Party has suspended its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a watchdog report found that the party failed to properly take action against allegations of anti-Semitism during his time in charge.

Why it matters: It represents a strong break by Keir Starmer, Labour's current leader, from the Corbyn era and one of the party's most persistent scandals.

U.S. economy sees record growth in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

The state of play: The record growth follows easing of the coronavirus-driven lockdowns that pushed the economy to the worst-ever contraction — but GDP still remains well below its pre-pandemic level.