Police: 3 killed, 9 wounded in attack at Planned Parenthood COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after engaging in gun battles with authorities during an hours-long standoff that killed three people and wounded nine others, officials said. Two people and a police officer with the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs were killed in the rampage, law enforcement officials said. The university police department identified the officer killed as 44-year-old Garrett Swasey, a six-year veteran of the force. Nine other people, including five police officers, were shot and are in good condition, police said. The gunman is in custody.
The Latest: Police ID Officer killed in Colorado shooting COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest on the shooting at Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. (All times local): 8:15 p.m. The officer killed in the Planned Parenthood clinic shootings in Colorado Springs has been identified as 44-year-old Garrett Swasey (SWAY'-zee). Swasey was a member of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Police Department. The university says Swasey had gone to the clinic to support Colorado Springs police after he learned of the shooting. Swasey was a six-year veteran of the department. Five other officers were wounded. Mike Violette (vee-oh-LET'), executive director of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, says he can't recall another incident in Colorado in which six officers were shot.
Protest over Chicago teen's shooting ties up retail district CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago's ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer. Demonstrators stood shoulder to shoulder in a cold drizzling rain to turn the traditional start of the holiday shopping season on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile into a high-profile platform from which to deliver their message: The killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald - captured on a squad-car video made public earlier this week - was another example of what they say is the systemic disregard police show for the lives and rights of black people.
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How Black Friday played out around the country NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday, the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, isn't always what people expect. In Colorado, for instance, marijuana stores got into the act. In Arizona, families skipped the spending frenzy to go hiking. And in Chicago, shoppers snapped photos of demonstrators protesting the police shooting of a black teenager. Overall, there seemed to be smaller crowds throughout stores and malls across the country. Here's how the day played out: --- PROTESTS ON CHICAGO'S MAGNIFICENT MILE Hundreds of protesters blocked entrances to stores in Chicago's high-end shopping district to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager.
In Uganda, pope honors Christian martyrs, meets youth KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models. Francis will pray Saturday at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom. At Namugongo, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he will celebrate Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.
France honors attack victims in city subdued by mourning A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to ?destroy the army of fanatics? who claimed so many young lives. In Belgium, authorities charged a man with ?terrorist attacks? as investigators worked to hone in on culprits. The federal prosecutor?s office said the man arrested a day earlier in Brussels, not identified, was "charged with terrorist attacks and taking part in the activities of a terrorist group." France?s somber homage to the victims bespoke the horrors of Nov.
Gunmen mercilessly mowed down guests in Mali hotel siege BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - The early breakfast crowd sipped coffee and picked at croissants in the Radisson Blu's dining room, swiping through emails and the morning headlines on their smartphones. Outside the luxury hotel, the dusty, red-earth streets were coming alive with traffic, the whine of motorbikes mixed with the rumble of minibus taxis amid the bustle of one of Africa's fastest-growing cities. Five hotel security guards were just finishing the overnight shift and about to make the handoff to their dayside colleagues. Another night, another "Rien a signaler" (French for "Nothing to report"). As one of the guards would later say, "We weren't concentrating." That was the precise moment the attackers were waiting for on the morning of Nov.
Reporter mocked by Trump says the 2 knew each other well WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump said he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability because he doesn't know the man. Not so, says the reporter. Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met Trump repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news conferences, when he worked for the New York Daily News in the late 1980s. "Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years," he said in a Times story about the Republican presidential candidate's behavior at a rally in South Carolina last week. Onstage Tuesday, a mocking Trump flailed his arms in an apparent attempt to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy." He accused Kovaleski of backing off a story from a week after the 9/11 attacks that said authorities in New Jersey detained and questioned "a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks." Kovaleski then worked for The Washington Post.
Carson visiting Syrian refugees in Jordan WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is in the Middle East this weekend to meet with Syrian refugees. The retired neurosurgeon has been facing questions about his command of foreign policy. Carson planned to tour one of Jordan's major refugee camps Friday and Saturday, campaign manager Barry Bennett said. Bennett declined to release more details about the two-day mission because of security concerns. Like other Republicans, Carson has sometimes taken a harsh tone when discussing the issue. Last week, he likened blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees to handling a rabid dog. "We have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly," he said.
PLAYOFF PULSE: Like it or not, Iowa 1 win away from playoff Iowa is a victory away from the College Football Playoff. You can question it if you want. You can rail against it. You can hate it and call it unfair, but the third-ranked Hawkeyes are 12-0 heading to the Big Ten championship game after beating Nebraska 28-20 on Friday. Iowa has been a polarizing team as it climbed to No. 4 in the playoff rankings. Coach Kirk Ferentz's Hawkeyes have unquestionably benefited from a schedule that hasn't included any high-profile games. The Hawkeyes' best victories: Wisconsin, Northwestern and Pittsburgh. All solid teams. But the Hawkeyes missed playing any of the Big Ten East big boys such as Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan.