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Burger King manager told grand jury of gap in Laquan McDonald video

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CHICAGO -- As the shocking video of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is played worldwide, other footage from the scene that night has gone missing.

Minutes after McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke, several police officers entered a Burger King located just yards from where the teen fell, ...Read more

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3 reported dead after heavy rains lead to flooding in Dallas-Fort Worth area

DALLAS -- Three people were reported dead Friday morning after flooding in North Texas.

Garland firefighters found one person dead inside a submerged Hyundai Elantra early Friday. It appears the person tried to drive through high water, said Garland fire spokesman ...Read more

Kentucky Islamic center reports email death threat

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Islamic Center of Lexington officials contacted Lexington police and federal Homeland Security Friday morning after receiving an email threat, its imam, Mahmoud Shalash, said.

The email threat, received before noon Friday, said: "I'm going to kill everyone I there (sic) you Muslim f--ks. Salabis is coming for you," according ...Read more

Despite changing retail landscape, Black Friday draws big, deal-seeking crowds

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Thanksgiving door-buster deals may have cut down the Black Friday crowds, but many shoppers still went out Friday in search of deals -- sometimes more for the sake of tradition than the markdowns.

Kellie Johnson, 54, and Kellie Schruhl, 73, had bought 14 gifts for friends and family by 10 a.m. visiting stores including Target, Cost Plus World ...Read more

Colorado Springs shooting: Gunman at Planned Parenthood trades fire with police

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Four officers were injured Friday and an unknown number of civilians taken by ambulance from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs after a shooter opened fire and took hostages inside.

At 3 p.m. MST, the shooter was still trading fire with police, said Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Catherine...Read more

NSA phone data program exposed by Edward Snowden expires Saturday

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BALTIMORE -- The National Security Agency is scheduled to end its dragnet collection of records about Americans' phone calls Saturday night -- the most significant change in U.S. intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden revealed details of the agency's programs two years ago.

Under the Patriot Act approved by Congress after the attacks of ...Read more

Tailgate crashers tried to steal more than 100 beers, Austin police say

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A husband and wife duo could have spoiled some football fans' party Thursday when they attempted to heist more than 100 beers from a tailgate party, according to Austin police.

Jose and Sandra Hernandez have been charged with misdemeanor theft in connection with an incident that took place just after kick off Thursday at a ...Read more

Mississippi Waffle House server killed after asking customer to put out cigarette

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BILOXI, Miss. -- She was shot in the head because she asked somebody not to smoke.

The 52-year-old Waffle House server was just doing her job and enforcing the no smoking policy at the franchise in the 2400 block of U.S. 90 when she was shot by a customer she told to put out a cigarette.

She had already given eight years of her life to the ...Read more

More than 1,000 protest Laquan McDonald killing with march in downtown Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Marchers protesting the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer took over North Michigan Avenue on Friday morning at the height of post-Thanksgiving shopping in Chicago's most famous retail district, blocking traffic and causing some stores to lock their doors in the biggest public display since the video ...Read more

Coast Guard begins emptying tanks from oil barge sunk in Lake Erie

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DETROIT -- Still unsure of what exactly they are dealing with, U.S. Coast Guard-commissioned dive crews have begun removing the contents of petroleum tanks aboard the Argo, an oil barge that sank in Lake Erie in 1937 that was found leaking by divers last month.

Crews with T&T Marine Salvage on Nov. 20 began tapping and offloading the contents ...Read more

France holds subdued commemoration for victims of terror attack

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PARIS -- Chloe Boissinot, 25 ... Salah Emad El-Gebaly, 28 ... Raphael Ruiz, 37 ...

Mourners bowed their heads and stood in somber tribute as the names of the dead were read out Friday at a ceremony to commemorate victims of the bombing and shooting rampage in Paris two weeks ago.

Most of the victims were young people enjoying a night out when ...Read more

Alan Gross says he thought he would be freed from Cuban jail in weeks

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BALTIMORE -- Alan Gross, the former government contractor from Rockville, Md., who spent five years locked up in a Cuban jail, said in his first interview since being released in a historic deal last year that he thought he'd quickly be freed once his bosses intervened.

Gross was asked by Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" whether he expected that ...Read more

FBI to start tracking animal cruelty in 2016

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BALTIMORE -- The FBI will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty nationally in 2016, a move advocates hope will bring more attention to the crime among law enforcement agencies and underscore the link between animal abuse and other violent crimes.

Until now, animal-related crimes have been reported into a catch-all category in the FBI's ...Read more

Friday could be the last time Georgia celebrates Robert E. Lee's birthday

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ATLANTA -- Georgia has long given its state employees a holiday honoring the birthday of Robert E. Lee, the iconic Confederate general. Though the Civil War leader's birthday falls on Jan. 19, the state generally postpones its commemoration until the day after Thanksgiving to give state workers a day off.

But Republican Gov. Nathan Deal quietly...Read more

University of Missouri protests gave birth to dozens more, powered by social media

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When student protesters lay down on cold, wet sidewalks this month at Ithaca College in New York state, the revolution had already started in Columbia, Mo., nearly 1,000 miles away.

Racial tensions had been building for months at the private school in New York's Finger Lakes region. In September, the school newspaper wrote about two ...Read more

Russia to suspend visa-free travel with Turkey as tensions mount

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MOSCOW -- Russia will suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey beginning Jan. 1, the Interfax news agency reported.

The move, announced by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday, comes amid mounting tensions between Ankara and Moscow after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday.

Ankara claims the plane crossed into Turkish airspace ...Read more

Two more detained in Belgium over Paris terrorist attacks

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BRUSSELS -- Belgian authorities have detained two more people in relation to the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, Belga news agency reports Friday, citing federal prosecutors.

One is a suspect and the other a potential witness, Belga writes. Both were detained Thursday.

Five other suspects have been arrested in Belgium in connection with ...Read more

Russia to suspend visa-free travel with Turkey, foreign minister says

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MOSCOW -- Russia will suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey beginning Jan. 1, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday, the Interfax news agency reported.

The move by Moscow comes as tensions mount after the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey on Tuesday.

Ankara claimed the plane crossed into its airspace despite repeated warnings ...Read more

Man charged with killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

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A Chicago man has been charged in connection with the slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, a killing that Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has called "probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime" he had seen in his 35-year career.

Corey Morgan, 27, was charged with first-degree murder, according to Cook County state's ...Read more

Latinos have a message for Donald Trump: We make your hats

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LOS ANGELES--Donald Trump's hats have quickly become a signature totem of the 2016 presidential campaign, a kitsch magnet that serves ironic hipsters and sincere supporters alike. The red-and-white caps are emblazoned with the real estate mogul's oft-repeated slogan, "Make America Great Again."

But look around the factory floor where these hats...Read more