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Huh? Federal Aviation Administration bans flights over Ferguson

File under "ominous events": the FAA is banning low-flying flights over Ferguson, Missouri. What the heck could this mean?

Apparently police requested the flight ban after a police helicopter took small arms fire. The ban means local news stations won't be able to cover events on the ground from their helicopters.

UPDATE: The AP filed FOIA requests with the FAA for audio recordings of conversations with St. Louis police officials pertaining to the no-fly zone declaration. The recordings "show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests," AP reports.

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