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John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Sometimes, all you really need is a good hug.

Amid the nationwide protests over the failure of a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen snapped the below picture during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 25.

"I came upon this boy who had tears in his eyes and I knew this was the place to be, so I followed him in the crowd," Nguyen said. "Then he came upon the police officer. They talked and he gave him a hug."

Devonte Hart, 12, was at the demonstration holding a sign that said "free hugs" when Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum noticed him, motioned the boy over and the two began talking.

Nguyen said that Barnum pointed to the sign and asked "Do I get one of those?" and they hugged.

Nguyen's Instagram account has more photos from the protests.

Seven people were arrested during the protest on Portland on Nov. 25, and parts of several highways were closed when pedestrians entered the roadways, according to police reports.

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Bronwyn8/iStock/Thinkstock(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) -- Two New York boys expressed thanks to their rescuers Friday after the pair were inadvertently trapped for about eight hours in a snowbank when a plow operator pushed snow over them, not realizing they were there.

Cousins Jason Rivera, 9, and Elijah Martinez, 11, told ABC News they were feeling good after being buried under 7 feet of snow.

"I want to say, thank you ... for the cop shovels to help us up, help us out of the snow," Jason said from his hospital bed. "I thank you for trying to help us ... out of the snow and helping us two little kids."

Jason and Elijah were playing in the snow and building a snow fort Wednesday at 6 p.m. near their homes in Newburgh, Orange County, when a snow plow came by and accidentally threw a wall of snow on top of them. The two were buried side by side in the pitch-black darkness.

"I only saw his hoodie because it was glowing, glowing in the dark," Elijah said about Jason.

Though their heads were in an air pocket, the rest of their bodies were encased in ice.

"The only thing he could move was one of his arms," Elijah said. "That's it."

When the boys didn’t return home by 10 p.m., family and friends set out looking for them before calling police. Both of their mothers walked by the snow pile that trapping their sons, but neither heard the boys screaming inside.

Eventually, a police officer spotted a shovel sticking out of the snow and started digging. The officer came across one of the boy's boots. About 30 people, including police officers, relatives and neighbors, frantically dug through the snow to pull them to safety as subfreezing temperatures set in.

The boys were pulled from the snow around 2 a.m., cold, but otherwise OK, and taken to the hospital for observation.

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Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Protesters upset by the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this week showed up on Friday to voice their dissatisfaction on a day when consumers typically go on a shopping splurge.

Over 100 protesters marched through the Galleria Mall near St. Louis, blocked the aisle and forcing some stores to temporarily close.

According to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, the protest eventually moved on to the West County Center, during which protesters laid on the floor, representing the time that Michael Brown's body was left on the street.

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Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett(NEW YORK) -- NASA is putting the finishing touches on its next big project, the Orion spacecraft, which is set for liftoff next week.

This unmanned test mission will launch on Dec. 4 at 7:04 a.m. ET on a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral and will land four and a half hours later with a splashdown 600 miles off the coast of San Diego in the Pacific Ocean.

While in orbit, the spacecraft will circle Earth twice at an altitude of 3,600 miles.

Orion will make re-entry at 20,000 mph with temperatures hitting 4,000 degrees.

NASA will be watching closely to see how Orion holds up during the flight. If successful, the capsule could be used for future long term missions into deep space, including trips to Mars.

Orion seats four astronauts -- one more than NASA's Apollo spacefraft.

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Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal against the National Football League on Friday, overturning his indefinite suspension for striking his then-fiancée in the elevator of an Atlantic City, N.J. hotel in February.

Rice was initially suspended for two games, but when video from within the elevator surfaced publicly in September, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the suspension indefinite. Shortly thereafter, the Baltimore Ravens released Rice from his contract.

A statement put out by the NFL Players Association on Rice's behalf called the decision "a victory for a disciplinary process that is fair and transparent."

"We take no pleasure in seeing a decision that confirms what we have been saying about the Commissioner's office acting arbitrarily," the statement continues, "the only remaining action is for NFL owners to embrace a fair process with a neutral arbitrator in all cases."

The NFL released a statement Friday saying that the league would respect the judge's decision. With the suspension overturned, the NFL said that Rice was "eligible to play upon signing a new contract."

Judge Barbara Jones heard the appeal and said in her decision that "the sole issue in this matter is whether what Rice told the Commissioner and other League representatives about the assault at their June 16, 2014 meeting was 'a starkly different sequence of events' than what was captured on the 'inside the elevator' video." Jones was only charged with determining the validity of the suspension, not Rice's actions on the night in question.

Rice had argued that by extending the suspension, Goodell had unfairly punished him twice for the same incident.

Jones said in her decision that because the story Rice told at the June meeting was not significantly different, "the imposition of a second suspension based upon the same incident, and the same known facts about that incident, was arbitrary."

"I do not doubt that viewing the video in September evoked horror in Commissioner Goodell as it did with the public," Jones said, "but this does not change the fact that Rice did not lie or mislead the NFL at the June 16 meeting."

Jones notes that, had Goodell imposed an indefinite suspension in the first place, "an arbitrator would be hard pressed to find that the Commissioner had abused his discretion," but by implementing a shorter suspension and than extending it, he had unfairly imposed two punishments based on the same incident and the same information about that incident.

Jones did mandate that the other aspects of the initial punishment -- continued use of counseling and other professional services -- still stand.

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