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Demonstrators hold signs bearing the name of Laquan McDonald during protests in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The lawyer for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager said on Wednesday his client feared for his life and that footage from a patrol car camera released this week is unreliable because video "distorts images." The lawyer, Daniel Herbert, told CNN that on Oct. 20, 2014 Officer Jason Van Dyke arrived at the scene 18 minutes after a suspect carrying a knife was reported to have threatened businesses and vandalized police cruisers. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times only 30 seconds after he arrived on the street on the southwest side of Chicago. Van Dyke's lawyer said on CNN that the dashboard camera video, released by the city on Tuesday 13 months after the shooting, was not an indicator of his client's guilt. . . more
Police officers secure the area at Union Station in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe as millions of people traveled on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with security heightened at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues after the Paris attacks. "Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, flanked by his FBI director and other top security officials. "We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," he said. . . more
A member of the National Guard stands watch at a security checkpoint at La Guardia Airport in New YorkBy Kylie Gumpert NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks. The FBI sent a bulletin earlier this week to police departments across the country warning of possible copycat incidents and sharing intelligence on how the assailants in Paris carried out attacks on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people. The U.S. State Department also issued a world-wide travel alert on Monday warning American travelers to remain vigilant, particularly when visiting foreign countries. . . more
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This undated photo provided by Buick shows the 2016 Buick Regal GS with a copper red metallic exterior color and 20-inch alloy polished wheels. The 2016 Buick Regal is a competent and nimble midsize sedan with a pretty appearance, quiet interior, turbocharged four cylinder and all-wheel drive for surefooted travel. (Courtesy of Buick via AP)2016 Buick Regal AWD GS . . more
Chicago police scuffle with protesters in Chicago, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. WhiteOfficer Jason Van Dyke,who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT CHICAGO TRIBUNE; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; THE HERALD-NEWS OUT; DAILY CHRONICLE OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): . . more
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama attorney who was involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court libel case has died. . . more
People carry the casket of Jamar Clark, killed in the Nov. 15 shooting by Minneapolis police, during his funeral at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Minn., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Some community leaders called for peace on the day of the funeral, as family members also asked for no protests. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A steady stream of mourners entered a north Minneapolis church on Wednesday to pay their respects to a man whose death in a confrontation with police sparked more than a week of protests. Meanwhile, charges were pending against three men suspected in a melee that left five protesters with gunshot wounds. . . more
Pennsylvania attorney general ups ante in porn scandalThe Pennsylvania Senate is closer to a vote to remove the state's top prosecutor as she raises the possibility that she'll seek criminal charges in a scandal involving public officials exchanging explicit or offensive emails. . . more
MIAMI (AP) A South Florida man was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of his wife, who he claimed he shot in self-defense during a fight before posting a photo of her bloody body on Facebook. . . more
MIAMI (AP) The latest on the trial of a South Florida man accused of killing his wife and then posting a picture of her body on Facebook (all times local): . . more
Freight train derailment affecting Amtrak service in PennsylvaniaA freight train derailment near Harrisburg is affecting Amtrak service in Pennsylvania. . . more
MIAMI (AP) Florida man who killed wife, posted photo of body on Facebook convicted of 2nd-degree murder. . . more
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) A not guilty plea has been entered in the case of a man accused of repeatedly raping a woman and holding her captive for five weeks in Alaska. . . more
This June 2, 2015, photo, provided by Purrfect Care Feline Medical Center, shows veterinarian Dr. Janet Cohn with Teddy, a patient's cat, during a house call in Arlington, Ohio. Veterinarians making house calls, and teaching tricks to pets of aging baby boomers are ways way to better serve boomers' golden years. (William Carpenter/Purrfect Care Feline Medical Center via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it. . . more
A sign welcoming visitors to Harris County, Georgia, is seen in an undated handout picture courtesy of Sheriff Mike Jolley"WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect," reads the sign posted on Tuesday under a welcome banner and the official seal of the county, located in central Georgia near the border with Alabama. "We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. . . more
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Police say a gun used to kill a Northern California artist as he worked on an anti-violence mural was stolen from a federal agent. . . more
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, a police car is set on fire after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A year after parts of Ferguson burned in the anger that followed a grand jury's decision not to prosecute the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A year after parts of Ferguson burned in the anger that followed the decision, there are signs of hope. Some businesses are back in operation, barricades are down and the two-thirds black St. Louis suburb led almost exclusively by whites a year ago now has a black voice in city government. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) In a story Nov. 23 about the anniversary of the grand jury's decision not to charge a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Cerner Corp. is adding 200 jobs to the Ferguson economy. It is not, but another company, Centene Corp., is doing that. . . more