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Saving us from ourselves

Nov 30, 2015 / 3:43 pm
With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. "We should ask what will...

$1.5M bond in shooting

Nov 30, 2015 / 11:40 am
A judge on Monday set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a squad car video caught him fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been locked up since Nov. 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the...

UNICEF goes Pink

Nov 30, 2015 / 10:03 am
Pop star Pink saw firsthand severely malnourished children during a recent visit to Haiti as a part of a UNICEF program to provide therapeutic food packets to children in need. The singer, whose given name is Alecia Moore, was named a UNICEF ambassador Monday to help promote a new effort to...

Pollution alert in Beijing

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:25 am
Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants. City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels. Schools suspended outdoor activities and polluting...

Japan to resume whaling

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:23 am
Japan's whaling fleet will leave Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research. Monday's announcement comes days after Japan submitted its final...

Tear gas in parliament

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:17 am
Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo have again disrupted parliament with tear gas, in a continuing protest against deals with Serbia and Montenegro. Glauk Konjufca of the main opposition Self-Determination Movement Party on Monday said party members won't allow sessions to be held until the...

No apology for Russia

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:03 am
Defying calls from Moscow, Turkey's prime minister said Monday that his country won't apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, saying the Turkish military was doing its job defending the national airspace. Amid high tensions that have elicited concerns from...

Threat cancels classes

Nov 29, 2015 / 10:08 pm
The University of Chicago cancelled all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus following an online threat of gun violence passed on by the FBI. The university said in a statement Sunday night that an online threat from an unknown person mentioned the campus quad, a...

Alleged cop killer charged

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:05 pm
A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute was charged with homicide Sunday. Online court records show Ray Shetler Jr. was charged with one count of criminal homicide. Police believe Shetler, 31, shot St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed on...

Picture perfect princess

Nov 29, 2015 / 7:48 pm
Kensington Palace has released new photos of six-month-old Princess Charlotte. The palace said in a tweet the photos were taken by Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at their family home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk in early November. “The Duke and Duchess hope everyone...

French OK with withdrawal

Nov 29, 2015 / 7:31 pm
PARIS - French President Francois Hollande appeared to give his blessing to Canada's proposed withdrawal of its fighter jets from the bombing campaign against Islamic militants after meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday at the Elysee Palace. The fight against the Islamic State in...

Rooftop protest

Nov 29, 2015 / 3:20 pm
British police say two men have scaled Buckingham Palace in an apparent protest over fathers' rights. London's Metropolitan Police force said officers were called Sunday afternoon to reports of a protest at the Queen's Gallery, part of the royal residence. Police said "two...

'No more baby parts'

Nov 29, 2015 / 2:48 pm
Robert Lewis Dear told authorities "no more baby parts" after being arrested for the shooting of a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, according to a law enforcement official, part of a rambling statement that investigators are parsing to understand the reasoning behind an assault that...

Fishers returned to Cascades

Nov 29, 2015 / 11:41 am
A weasel-like predator that disappeared from Washington state decades ago will soon be reintroduced to the Cascade Mountains. State and federal wildlife officials are preparing to re-establish fishers into Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks and surrounding areas as part of an effort...

Meet Princess Charlotte

Nov 29, 2015 / 10:18 am
Princess Charlotte looks delighted with a cuddly toy dog in a photo taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. It's one of two images of the 6-month-old princess released Sunday by Kensington Palace. The pictures of Charlotte in a Liberty print dress and pink cardigan were taken...

Police officer fatally shot

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:44 am
A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer responding to a domestic dispute was in custody at a Pennsylvania hospital Sunday after a six-hour manhunt, police said. Ray Shetler Jr., 31, was captured around 3:15 a.m. while walking near a power plant outside New Florence, about 60 miles...

Climate rallies draw 1000s

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:41 am
Tens of thousands of people have taken part in rallies around the world on Sunday, calling on leaders to halt climate change on the eve of a major conference in Paris. The nearly two-week conference comes amid a state of emergency in France imposed after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that bans marches...

Queen ends Malta trip

Nov 29, 2015 / 4:58 am
Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday wrapped up a nostalgic visit to Malta, her one-time home, where she joked that Canada's youthful new leader had made her feel old. The British monarch has close ties to the Mediterranean island, where she lived between 1949 and 1951 while her husband, Prince...

He rowed the Atlantic

Nov 28, 2015 / 5:56 pm
A New Yorker who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean for AIDS awareness has arrived home in Brooklyn, ending a 21-month journey. Victor Mooney arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Friday and plans a ceremony at the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday, he said Saturday. "I'm happy to be in...

Unruly Lohan diverts flight

Nov 28, 2015 / 5:46 pm
Authorities say a coast-to-coast flight was diverted to New Orleans to remove singer Lindsay Lohan's stepmother. Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, confirmed in an email Saturday that Kate Major-Lohan was removed from a JetBlue plane on Wednesday....

Shooting suspect a recluse

Nov 28, 2015 / 4:28 pm
A gunman who police say staged a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic was a recluse who stashed food in the woods, avoided eye contact, warned neighbours about government spying and passed out anti-Obama pamphlets, those who knew him said. Authorities say Robert Lewis Dear, 57, killed...

New secrets in Tut's tomb?

Nov 28, 2015 / 1:10 pm
Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 per cent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum. Researchers say the discovery of a new chamber could shine new light on one of...

Gunman in custody

Nov 27, 2015 / 9:38 pm
Update: 9:40 p.m. A law enforcement official says the gunman in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear. The official, who has direct knowledge of the case, said the shooter is from North Carolina. No other details were immediately...

Officer dies following attack

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:46 pm
A law enforcement official says one police officer has been killed in the shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The official says the officer was with the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The official, who has direct knowledge of the case, spoke to...

Betsy and Ben a hit at zoo

Nov 27, 2015 / 2:23 pm
Two baby red pandas at the Philadelphia Zoo have been named after two of the city's most famous residents: Betsy and Benjamin. Zoo officials said Friday that the monikers received overwhelming support in a public naming contest. The names pay homage to American revolutionary figures Betsy...

Search on for clinic shooter

Nov 27, 2015 / 12:38 pm
The latest on the shooting near Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. (All times local) 2:25 p.m. Police say they are encountering gunfire as they search for a gunman at a shooting scene near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. Police previously said the gunman had been contained...

Suicide bombing kills 21

Nov 27, 2015 / 10:42 am
A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated himself in the middle of a procession of hundreds of Shiite Muslims on Friday, killing 21 people and injuring dozens, local religious leaders said. The attack occurred during the annual Arbaeen procession from Nigeria's second-largest city,...

Russia slaps visas on Turkey

Nov 27, 2015 / 10:32 am
Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow will halt the existing visa-free regime starting...

'Continent of hope'

Nov 27, 2015 / 10:25 am
Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday on the second leg of his Africa pilgrimage, declaring Africa the "continent of hope" and honouring Uganda's most famous Christians. Francis arrived at Entebbe International Airport, where Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, flanked by a...

Sandra losing steam

Nov 27, 2015 / 10:16 am
Hurricane Sandra is rapidly losing strength as it approaches Mexico's Pacific coast. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds decreased early Friday to near 160 km/h, making it a Category 2 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sandra is forecast to continue weakening and become...

Paris victims mourned

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:40 am
A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honouring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" who claimed so many young lives. With each name and age read aloud...

Developers vs playgrounds

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:36 am
Pope Francis on Friday took aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country. In a speech on poverty at a church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Francis...

No dirty dancing, please

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:17 am
Administrators at a Portland, Ore., high school have cancelled an upcoming winter dance because of concerns about dirty dancing. A Portland Public Schools official says dancing has made some students feel unsafe. "This is way worse than dirty dancing. It's over the top, sexual in...

White House lockdown

Nov 26, 2015 / 8:53 pm
A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement. The incident took...

Lockdown at White House

Nov 26, 2015 / 4:00 pm
A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. CNN reports that the man was immediately apprehended. Armed security personnel have been seen outside the White House since the incident,...

Trump's foot in mouth

Nov 26, 2015 / 12:58 pm
An advocacy group is offering Donald Trump sensitivity training after the Republican presidential candidate appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston said Thursday that Trump should apologize to Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times...

Tensions continue to rise

Nov 26, 2015 / 11:04 am
BEIRUT - The latest developments regarding the war in Syria. All times local. 7:32 p.m. Turkey's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara to complain about protests against Turkish missions and businesses in Russia following Turkey's downing of a Russian...

Portugal on Greek path?

Nov 26, 2015 / 9:11 am
An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye. Sound familiar? It's not Greece, but another eurozone country: Portugal. A nation that just months ago was...

High security for parade

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:55 am
The giant balloons, floats and marching bands are making their way down Manhattan streets for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Security is heavy, with more than 2,500 officers stationed along the route. That's the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to...

Chopper crash kills 10

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:41 am
A Russian helicopter carrying oil workers has crashed in eastern Siberia, and officials say 10 of the 25 people on board were killed. Russian news agencies say the Mi-8 helicopter took off from Igarka in the Krasnoyarsk region and crashed two kilometres away along the banks of the Yenisei...
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