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12/01/2015 06:28 PM
Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State Group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)LE BOURGET, France (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that parts of the global warming deal being negotiated in Paris should be legally binding on the countries that sign on, setting up a potential fight with Republicans at home.

12/01/2015 06:25 PM
Chicago police chief out, review launched over black teen's death

File photo of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaking on illegal firearms seizure at a news conference in ChicagoChicago's police chief was ousted on Tuesday after days of protest over a white officer's shooting of a black teenager 16 times and the department's refusal to release a video of the killing for more than a year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced during a news conference that he had asked Garry McCarthy, police superintendent since May 2011, to resign. The mayor also said he was creating a new police accountability task force.

12/01/2015 06:23 PM
US House blocks carbon emission rules, Obama set to veto

House Speaker Paul Ryan, pictured December 1, 2015, and his Republican caucus have voted to kill White House regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions even as the world's nations work to reach a climate deal at the COP21 summit in ParisUS House Republicans voted Tuesday to block President Barack Obama's regulations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- a move certain to spark his veto -- as negotiators work on a global climate deal in Paris. The two measures, rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission rules for existing and new power plants, passed the chamber largely along party lines, with all but four Democrats opposed to each. The so-called disapproval resolutions, which already passed the Republican-controlled Senate, dealt a largely symbolic yet harsh rebuke to Obama, who attended the start of a major UN climate summit in the French capital.

12/01/2015 06:21 PM
Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, right, speaks about first-degree murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks on at left. Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, that McCarthy has been fired after a public outcry over the handling of the case. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

12/01/2015 06:21 PM
U.S. bombing wider Islamic State oil supply chain: Obama nominee
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has stepped up the bombing of the Islamic State militant group's oil operations including drilling and trucking to go beyond hitting mostly mobile refineries, President Barack Obama's nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for energy said on Tuesday. "What you've seen over the last few weeks is a stepped up approach that is not only more bombings, but a different kind of bombing," Amos Hochstein, currently energy envoy at the department, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. About 43 percent of Islamic State's oil revenue has been affected by U.S.-led strikes over the past month, U.S. General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in testimony to a separate congressional panel.

12/01/2015 06:15 PM
The Latest: Illinois attorney general asks for federal probe

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch greets Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired McCarthy after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer and an online threat against the University of Chicago (all times local):

12/01/2015 06:13 PM
The Latest: CNN erases description of Gray's mom as addict
BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the trial of a police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury in the back of a transport van (all times local):

12/01/2015 06:13 PM
US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, to testify before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.

12/01/2015 06:07 PM
Officer says he told boy to show hands before fatal shots
A white Cleveland patrolman who shot a 12-year-old black boy carrying a pellet gun told investigators that he and his partner continuously yelled "show me your hands" before he fired the fatal shots, according to the officer's statement released by prosecutors Tuesday.

12/01/2015 06:06 PM
Things to know for officer's trial in death of Freddie Gray

William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, walks to a courthouse for jury selection in his trial, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)BALTIMORE (AP) — A jury will be seated Wednesday for the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury he suffered in custody.

12/01/2015 06:00 PM
Bush: Uncertain I would have attended Paris climate summit

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in the atrium at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum during a campaign stop Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he's not so sure he would have attended this week's international climate talks in Paris. The policies being discussed, he said, could hurt the U.S. economy at a time Americans are struggling to recover from the recession.

12/01/2015 05:54 PM
In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule

A giant globe displays a video animation during a conference about Antarctic mass change at the U.S. Pavillon during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

12/01/2015 05:44 PM
Toymaker VTech hit by largest-ever hack targeting kids

VTech's products are seen on display at a toy store in Hong Kong, ChinaA cyber attack on digital toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd exposed the data of 6.4 million children, the company said on Tuesday, in what experts called the largest known hack targeting youngsters. Security experts said they expected the size of the breach would prompt governments to scrutinize VTech and other toymakers to review their security. "The disclosure of the scope of the breach is disturbing," said Jaclyn Falkowski, a spokeswoman for Connecticut's attorney general.

12/01/2015 05:37 PM
Coroner: Remains from Kansas are from a juvenile

FILE - This file photo provided by Wyandotte County Detention Center shows Michael A. Jones. Jones made his first court appearance Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, on child abuse charges that were filed after police responded to an armed disturbance that led them to discover human remains at a barn on his property. (Wyandotte County Detention Center via AP, File)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Human remains found at a Kansas barn are those of a juvenile, but tests to determine if the remains belong to a missing 7-year-old boy could take weeks, a coroner said Tuesday.

12/01/2015 05:34 PM
IRS: Won't use phone-tracking technology without warrant
WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators will not continue to use cellphone-tracking technology without first seeking a warrant, the IRS commissioner told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.

12/01/2015 06:34 PM
200 US special forces to fight IS jihadists in Iraq, Syria

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford testify during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill December 1, 2015The United States will increasingly rely on special operations troops to battle Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday, while calling on international powers to beef up their own efforts. Speaking to lawmakers in the House Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon chief said he was deploying a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" to Iraq to work alongside local Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces battling the IS group. The jihadists captured vast areas of territory and several key cities across Iraq and Syria last year, and the United States and its allies have been struggling to defeat them ever since.

12/01/2015 05:32 PM
Facebook's Zuckerberg to give 99 percent of shares to charity

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are seen with their daughter named MaxSAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said on Tuesday they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, currently worth about $45 billion, to a new charity in a letter addressed to their daughter, Max, who was born last week. The plan mirrors a move by other high-profile billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have pledged and set up foundations to give away their fortunes to charity. On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself, his wife, Priscilla Chan and their new daughter, Max, along with a post entitled 'A letter to our daughter.' In the 2,220-word letter, Zuckerberg and Chan touched on issues including health, education, Internet access and learning before announcing the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which aims to "advance human potential and promote equality." Zuckerberg, 31, and Chan said they plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares over their lifetimes to advance the initiative, which was formed as a limited liability company controlled by the two.

12/01/2015 05:28 PM
Soldier who lost 4 limbs aims to inspire others with book
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A soldier who lost all four limbs during an explosion in Afghanistan aims to inspire others with the story of how he recovered from the wounds, picked up the pieces and began helping other amputees.

12/01/2015 05:26 PM
Zuckerbergs are new parents, vow to give away Facebook fortune

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan, photographed July 10 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho, pledged on December 1 2015 to give away 99 percent of their wealth to improve life for their new daughter, Max, "and all children"Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced he is a dad -- and pledged to give away his fortune to make the world a "better place" for baby daughter Max and others. In a letter to Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan said they were going to give away 99 percent of their company shares -- estimated current value $45 billion -- during their lives in an effort to make a happy and healthy world. Zuckerberg will "gift or otherwise direct" nearly all his shares of Facebook stock, or the after-tax proceeds of sales of shares, to further a mission of "advancing human potential and promoting equality" by means of activities for the public good, the California-based social network said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

12/01/2015 05:16 PM
Sixty years after Rosa Parks, Clinton urges racial justice

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, pictured November 30 2015 at a Washington event, traveled to Alabama December 1 to mark the 60th anniversary of the civil rights milestone in which activist Rosa Parks declined to surrender her seatHillary Clinton celebrated a civil rights milestone with black leaders Tuesday but warned that the United States was still falling woefully short of providing equality and justice for African-Americans. The former secretary of state, who leads in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, traveled to Alabama 60 years to the day after black seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, an event which changed the course of American history. Clinton cited the need to conduct broad criminal justice reform and to improve voting rights, where she said there was "mischief afoot" in some states where steps have been understood as efforts to make it tougher to register to vote.

12/01/2015 05:13 PM
Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015 file photo, vehicles pass a highway construction site on eastbound Interstate 80 in Sacramento, Calif. The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems _ a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his entire administration to achieve. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems — a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his administration to achieve.

12/01/2015 05:11 PM
Wall St. stocks rise while bond yields fall with dollar

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed higher on Tuesday despite mixed U.S. economic data as treasury yields and the dollar declined while oil prices were choppy ahead of an OPEC meeting later this week. The euro bounced back from a multi-month low against the U.S. dollar on strong European data and as investors pared bets that the European Central Bank will soon ease policy further. After falling 0.5 percent on Monday, the S&P 500 benchmark index of stocks closed at its highest since early November as investors gained confidence on the first day of the month.

12/01/2015 05:08 PM
Obama says he hopes shooting at Colorado clinic spurs action
PARIS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he hopes the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado spurs conversation and action on deterring gun violence.

12/01/2015 05:08 PM
PM Abadi says Iraq does not need foreign ground troops
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday his country did not need foreign ground troops, after the United States said it was sending an elite special unit to help combat Islamic State. "The Iraqi government stresses that any military operation or the deployment of any foreign forces - special or not - in any place in Iraq cannot happen without its approval and coordination and full respect of Iraqi sovereignty," Abadi said in a statement. (Reporting By Stephen Kalin; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

12/01/2015 05:08 PM
Iraqi Shi'ite militias pledge to fight U.S. forces if deployed

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Jones introduces Lt. Gen. MacFarland as new commander general of U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Col. Warren as coalition's new spokesman during news conference in BaghdadPowerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim armed groups on Tuesday pledged to fight any U.S. forces deployed in the country after the United States said it was sending an elite special unit to help combat Islamic State. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered few details on the new "expeditionary" group, but said it would be larger than the roughly 50 U.S. special operations troops being sent to Syria to fight the ultra-hardline Sunni militants there. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new force will be based in Iraq.

12/01/2015 05:08 PM
U.S. deploying new force to Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps General Dunford Jr., arrive to testify before House Armed Services Committee in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, a ratcheting up of Washington's campaign against the group that was quickly rejected by Iraq's government. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the deployment of such a force was not acceptable without Iraq's approval, raising questions over how closely Washington coordinated the plan with Baghdad. Powerful Shi'ite Muslim armed groups pledged to fight any new deployment of U.S. forces to the country.

12/01/2015 05:07 PM
High court grants Texas a few more days in immigration case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has granted Texas some of the extra time the state sought to respond to the Obama administration's immigration appeal. The court could rule by late June on the administration's plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

12/01/2015 05:04 PM
US appeals court reconsiders decision on ex-bin Laden aide

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. A federal appeals court will reconsider the legality of the only remaining conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Tuesday after a divided three-judge appeals panel earlier ruled that the conspiracy case against Ali Hamza al-Bahlul is legally flawed because conspiracy is not a war crime. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is reconsidering the legality of the only remaining conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant and media relations secretary.

12/01/2015 05:04 PM
Bomb blast hits nervous Istanbul near metro station

Forensic officers work at the site of an explosion on December 1 , 2015 at Bayrampasa district in IstanbulAn explosion caused by a home-made bomb rocked an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday, triggering panic in the evening rush hour and wounding up to half a dozen people. The local mayor and the state-run Anatolia news agency confirmed a bomb caused the blast, which came at a time of growing jitters over security in Istanbul and the risk of a militant attack in Turkey's largest city. The blast, which was heard in several areas of the city, hit an overpass close to the metro station in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul.

12/01/2015 05:01 PM
No goals in Ligue 1 as PSG are held by Angers

Angers' goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle (R) and his teammates cheer the crowd after holding Paris Saint-Germain to a 0-0 draw on December 1, 2015, at the Jean Bouin stadiumParis Saint-Germain's nine-match winning run in Ligue 1 was brought to a halt on Tuesday as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to promoted Angers. In other matches Lyon battled Nantes to a goalless stalemate in Brittany while there were no goals between Lorient and Nice on a barren night for celebrations in France. PSG, the reigning champions dropped points for just the third time this season after being unable to break down the division's tightest defence behind that of their own at the Stade Jean Bouin.

12/01/2015 04:59 PM
'Love & Hip Hop' star sentenced to 8 years in prison
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop" was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

12/01/2015 04:58 PM
US must investigate Bush, aides in CIA torture, rights group says

Human Rights Watch issued a report decrying the lack of prosecutions of those involved in the CIA's secret program to torture detainees, including then-US President George W. Bush (R) and Vice President Dick Cheney, pictured on September 2, 2008US President Barack Obama must investigate his predecessor George W. Bush and allies over the CIA's torture of terror suspects, or stand complicit in a government "cover-up," Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. In a scathing report, the international rights group decried the lack of prosecutions of those involved in the Central Intelligence Agency's secret program to torture detainees in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. HRW cited Bush along with top officials including then CIA director George Tenet, former vice president Dick Cheney, former national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and former attorney general John Ashcroft.

12/01/2015 04:56 PM
Brent slips on OPEC worry; U.S. crude steady ahead of inventory data

Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in DickinsonBrent crude futures settled lower on Tuesday on bets OPEC will not cut output to stem a supply glut when the world's biggest oil producers meet later this week, while U.S. crude steadied as some traders expected a stockpile drop. Expectations are high that Friday's meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna will choose to continue pumping crude at record levels to defend market share against non-member oil producers such as the United States and Russia. The U.S. Labor Department's closely watched jobs data for November was also due on Friday.

12/01/2015 04:55 PM
Mexico experts: passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tomb

Mexico experts: passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tombMEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican archaeologist said his team has found a tunnel-like passageway that apparently leads to two sealed chambers, the latest chapter in the search for the as-yet undiscovered tomb of an Aztec ruler.

12/01/2015 04:54 PM
US auto sales accelerate in November

US auto sales continued to accelerate in November 2015, with the Detroit Three carmakers on December 1 forecasting further growth in the months to comeUS auto sales continued to accelerate in November, industry data showed Tuesday, but Volkswagen took a huge hit after suspending diesel sales amid an emissions-cheating scandal. The suspension affects about 20 percent of its typical sales but appears the emissions-fooling scandal also impacted non-diesel models.

12/01/2015 04:46 PM
Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president

Newly elected president of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, waves at supporters after preliminary results showed him to be the winner of recent elections, supporters gather outside Kabore’s campaign headquarters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Roch Marc Christian Kabore was elected Burkina Faso’s new president, according to preliminary results released by the electoral commission early Tuesday, in an election that will replace a transitional government put in place after the West African nation's longtime leader was toppled in a popular uprising last year. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso took a step toward strengthening its democracy with the election on Tuesday of Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who will become the West African country's second elected civilian president since it became independent from France in 1960.

12/01/2015 04:39 PM
Police shooting in downtown Atlanta leaves 1 man dead

A police officer stands near the scene of an officer-involved shooting, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Atlanta, that left one person dead in downtown on Monday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers ducked behind cars as gunshots whizzed through a busy part of downtown Atlanta, killing a South Carolina man who engaged officers in the gunfight, authorities said.

12/01/2015 04:35 PM
David Letterman donating talk show memorabilia to Ball State
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Comedian and Ball State University graduate David Letterman is donating memorabilia from his career in television to his alma mater.

12/01/2015 04:32 PM
US victim laments attacks on free speech in Bangladesh
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American-Bangladeshi writer who survived a machete attack by Muslim extremists that killed her husband raised alarm Tuesday about rising intimidation and violence against freedom of expression in the South Asian country.

12/01/2015 04:26 PM
U.S. manufacturing contracts, but rest of economy humming along

Media and workers walk in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan where workers are building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New YorkU.S. manufacturing contracted in November for the first time in three years as the sector buckled under the weight of a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy firms, but robust automobile sales suggested the economy remained on solid ground. Other data released on Tuesday showed a sturdy increase in construction spending in October, which should help offset the drag from manufacturing on fourth-quarter economic growth. With manufacturing accounting for only 12 percent of the economy, analysts say it is unlikely the persistent weakness will deter the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates this month.



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