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November 30, 2015 05:52 GMT
In Paris for climate talks, Obama honors attack victims
PARIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama is paying tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago.
After midnight on a cool and clear Paris night, the American president's motorcade went straight from Orly Airport to the famed French concert hall, the Bataclan, that the terrorists struck.
French President Francois Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, joined Obama. Each placed a single flower at a makeshift memorial and Obama bowed his head in silence
Some 130 people died in the deadliest attack on French soil in more than a half-century. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.
Obama is in Paris for the opening two days of an international conference on combatting climate change.
French detain protesters after clashes with police
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris police chief says about 100 protesters found to have projectiles or other suspicious objects have been detained after some demonstrations turned violent on Sunday. They could be facing charges.
The protests came one th eve of a global climate conference.
French President Francois Hollande said the violence was "scandalous" both because the clashes were caused by "disruptive elements" that have nothing to do with environmental defenders and because they occurred at Place de la Republique, which has been a memorial square for the 130 victims of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.
A well-known climate pressure group is distancing itself from a violent demonstration in Paris, saying the protesters were "unaffiliated with the climate movement."
Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Pope Francis is calling on Christian and Muslim factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons and instead arm themselves with peace and forgiveness.
The pope spoke from the altar of the capital's cathedral, flanked by machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers and Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets. The violence-wracked nation is the last stop on the pope's African tour.
The pope's visit offers a rare moment of jubilation in Central African Republic, where Muslim rebels overthrew the Christian president in early 2013. That ushered in a brutal reign that led to a swift and horrific backlash against Muslim civilians when the rebel leader left power the following year.
Throughout the early months of 2014, mobs attacked Muslims in the streets, even decapitating and dismembering them and setting their corpses ablaze. Tens of thousands of Muslim civilians fled for their lives to neighboring Chad and Cameroon.
Overall, 1 million people in a country of 4.8 million have been forced from their homes.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO-THREAT
University of Chicago cancels Monday classes after threat
CHICAGO (AP) -- The University of Chicago is cancelling all classes and activities on its main campus Monday following an online threat of gun violence.
The university says in a statement Sunday night that a threat from an unknown person was passed on to the university by the FBI. The threat mentioned the campus quad, a popular gathering place, and a time of Monday morning at 10 a.m., the statement says.
Faculty, students and non-essential staff are asked to stay away from the Hyde Park campus on Chicago's South Side Monday. Students in college housing are asked to stay indoors.
The university says: "We have decided, in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday."
Police: Bus overturns, 1 serious injury, 34 minor injuries
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say a chartered bus carrying 51 people, mostly college students, has overturned near Richmond and one person has been seriously injured and 34 others suffered minor injuries.
State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press there were no confirmed fatalities after the bus overturned after 7 p.m. Sunday on a ramp of the Powhite Parkway in north Chesterfield County. A police statement says the driver lost control on a curve of the ramp and the bus overturned on its side.
The statement said the students had been picked up in Richmond to be driven back to the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Radford University, as the holiday weekend closed.
Police say the bus driver, who also had minor injuries, has been charged with reckless driving.
Police won't release motive in clinic shooting
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado Springs police say they will not disclose why a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three people.
Police say in a statement Sunday that they are sealing the warrants related to the case against 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. They say they are not providing information on the weapon used in Friday's shooting, a timeline of events or a motive of the suspect.
That will continue to stoke speculation about what led to the shooting that killed a police officer and two other people. Dear is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Victim of Colorado clinic shooting was Iraq vet
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A friend says one of the three people who died in a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was an Iraq War veteran who had recently left the military.
Amburh Butler, who spoke on behalf of 29-year-old Ke'Arre (kee-EHR' ) Stewart's family, says he was accompanying someone at the clinic when he was killed. She says he leaves behind two young daughters in Texas, where he grew up.
Butler says the Army stationed Ke'Arre at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs in 2013. She says he was discharged from the military last year.
She says he used to write her letters from Iraq that detailed the horrors of fighting on the front lines. She last spoke to him on Thursday, when he sounded upbeat to be spending Thanksgiving with friends.
Chicago announces expansion of police body-camera program
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago says it's expanding a program to provide police officers with body cameras.
The announcement Sunday from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office follows the release last week of a squad-car video showing an officer fatally shooting teenager Laquan McDonald. The officer wasn't wearing a body camera.
Chicago will expand the program into six more police districts in 2016. Emanuel says in a statement that the expansion into one-third of the city will "strengthen the fabric of trust" between officers and residents. The statement doesn't mention McDonald or demonstrations in recent days calling for police reforms.
Chicago's pilot body-camera program began in January. Just 30 cameras are currently being tested. Sunday's statement says the expansion will be paid for with a $1.1 million federal grant and $1.1 million in matching city funds.
WHITE HOUSE-FENCE JUMPER
Attorney: White House fence jump was act of protest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The lawyer for a college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag says his client was committing an act of civil disobedience and didn't intend to harm anyone.
Attorney Stephan Seeger also told The Associated Press on Sunday that 22-year-old Joseph Caputo was not suicidal, which the Secret Service had alleged in charging documents.
Seeger says Caputo jumped over the fence on Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday while carrying a binder with "a rewritten constitution." He says his client is "a young American that wanted to deliver a message of change." He says there were no threats in Caputo's writing.
A judge on Friday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Caputo. The Stamford, Connecticut, man is due in federal court on Monday.
US aid worker made little effort to hide work in Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American aid worker imprisoned for five years in Cuba says he had no trouble bringing sophisticated communications gear into the country.
Alan Gross said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he made little attempt to hide his work setting up Internet connections. He says he knew the work was dangerous but assumed that he wasn't viewed as a threat because he was allowed to come and go four times.
Gross was a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He maintains that he went to Cuba to set up Internet access for the communist island's small Jewish community. He was accused of spying and imprisoned for five years before the U.S. and Cuba renewed diplomatic relations late last year.
Storm lingering in southern Plains; more flooding possible
DALLAS (AP) -- The deadly storm system that's caused flooding and coated parts of the southern Plains in ice during the Thanksgiving weekend is dumping more rain on already swollen rivers in parts of North Texas and Arkansas, and making driving dangerous in parts of Oklahoma.
The band of storms that has been moving through parts of the Plains and the Midwest since Thursday has been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including eight in Texas and six in Kansas.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says roads in the Panhandle remain slick after the slow-moving storm dropped ice and freezing rain in the region. Utilities in Oklahoma say the ice storms helped cut power to more than 78,000.
In parts of North Texas and Arkansas, the concern is flooding, with flood watches and warnings in effect through Sunday evening.
NEW: `12 Days of Christmas' items top $34K, up 0.6 percent
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The gifts listed in the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" will cost you $34,131, which is 0.6 percent more than last year.
Only a few items went up in price, according to the PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price index. Monday marks the 32nd year that the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation by pricing the cost of the items listed in the carol.
Lords a-leaping are 3 percent more expensive this year than last. A partridge in a pear tree rose 3.5 percent. And the cost of two turtle doves rose 11.5 percent.
Nine other gifts stayed the same price as last year. The most expensive is still the seven swans a-swimming, which cost $13,125.
A PNC investments executive, Jim Dunigan, says that means inflation during the economy's "tepid recovery" is "almost nonexistent."
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- The Latest: Police won't release motive in clinic shooting
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Protesters march in Chicago shopping district
CHICAGO (AP) -- A protest march has begun in Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district, with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the middle of a crowd that's shouting, "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!"
TIGHT SECURITY FOR SNOOPY AND SPONGEBOB
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BOSTON TUBA CONCERT
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