Official: Clinic suspect made 'no more baby parts' comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Robert Lewis Dear was reclusive, and he seldom spoke to neighbors in a quiet patch of woods in rural Colorado where he lived. Now, it's his words that are drawing the most attention as police try to discern his motivations for a shooting attack they say he carried out Friday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that killed three people, including a police officer. After his arrest, Dear said "no more baby parts," said a law enforcement official, who could not elaborate and spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
Planned Parenthood under fire literally and figuratively LOS ANGELES (AP) - The fatal shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic are the latest in a long history of violence at clinics that provide abortions and doctors who perform the procedure. Police aren't saying what motivated this most recent shooting. The attack comes as the nonprofit endures criticism from anti-abortion lawmakers and renewed protests outside clinics since a group of abortion opponents released videos they claimed showed the organization negotiating fetal tissue sales. WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD? Planned Parenthood has been a polarizing organization ever since its precursor, a clinic in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1916 by pioneering birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger.
Pope in Central African Republic with peace message BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Central African Republic, making the final stop of his first trip to Africa in a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has forced nearly 1 million from their homes over the last two years and divided the capital city. The precarious security situation in Bangui, the capital, raised the possibility in recent weeks that the pope could cancel his visit. Less than a year ago, mobs beat Muslims to death in the streets, even decapitating and dismembering some. While sectarian clashes have left at least 100 people dead over the last two months, in recent days Bangui has been relatively free of gunfire.
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The Latest: With march banned, activists in Paris use shoes PARIS (AP) - The latest from the much-anticipated U.N. climate conference that gets underway in Paris on Monday. All times local: 10:20 a.m. Environmental and other activists are lining up shoes on Paris streets and holding a healing ceremony to urge world leaders to reach a deal to slow climate change. A big activists' march Sunday was banned because of a state of emergency imposed in France after Nov. 13 extremist attacks that killed 130 people. Instead, environmental groups are holding marches outside France this weekend, and some activists lined up shoes on the Place de la Republique square to represent the people barred from protesting.
You down with ADP? A glossary for UN climate talks PARIS (AP) - It sounds like English. Yet to the untrained ear the language used in the U.N. climate talks is about as comprehensible as Klingon. Sometimes you wonder whether the negotiators are trying on purpose to make a simple idea sound more complex than it is. But it's also a matter of international law. Many delegations have teams of lawyers that analyze every syllable for potential hidden meanings. Before everyone's comfortable with the wording of a concept or idea, it's often turned into an acronym. Here's a guide to help you decipher some of the most commonly used terms in the Paris talks: --- COP 21: No, the three letters have nothing to do with the Danish capital, Copenhagen, where one of the most famous, or perhaps infamous, climate conferences was held in 2009.
Images, analysis released of Cleveland officer shooting boy CLEVELAND (AP) - Prosecutors in Ohio on Saturday released a frame-by-frame analysis of the surveillance camera footage first made public a year ago that shows a white Cleveland police officer fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun. The additional images taken from surveillance video at a recreation center where Tamir Rice was shot and killed don't appear to contain any new or substantive information. The new footage was released in the "spirit of openness," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty. The analysis also doesn't show whether Tamir, as police officials have maintained, was reaching into his waistband for the pellet gun when then-rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann shot him less than two seconds after getting out of the car.
Attorneys for slain boy's family want own experts to testify CLEVELAND (AP) - Attorneys for the family of the black 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer last year have asked a prosecutor to allow their use-of-force experts to testify before the grand jury. The request follows the release of reports by prosecutors that concluded the shooting was justified because the officers had no way of knowing that Tamir Rice's pellet gun wasn't a real firearm. The family's experts say bad police tactics led to Tamir's death. A consultant notes that police should have better assessed the situation back on November 22, 2014. The consultant also criticizes the prosecutor's experts for assuming that Patrolman Timothy Loehmann warned Tamir to raise his hands before shooting him.
In S. Korea, a town of Kims _ and an unusual shared history NONSAN, South Korea (AP) - Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, who, obviously, is a Kim too. He's lived all his 70 years in a tile-roofed home in a clan village, surrounded by people who share his connection to an illustrious ancestor from centuries ago. Other clan villages in South Korea are dominated by Hwangs, Yuns and many other names. "This is the house where my father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather lived," Kim said, walking down a small hill dotted with his ancestors' tombs and gravestones.
South Africa: Meeting looks at new models for African cities JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Hundreds of city officials from across Africa have gathered in South Africa for a conference to consider new models for African cities. The seventh Africities Summit opened in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, on Sunday. Key topics for the five-day meeting include climate change and how to build environmentally sustainable cities. Security in cities will also be discussed, in the wake of attacks in Paris and Mali's capital Bamako. Existing challenges like poverty, housing and transportation will also be discussed. The meeting has been held in various African cities every three years since it was launched in 1998 in Abidjan, the largest city of Ivory Coast.
Carson after tour: Syrian refugees don't want to come to US AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) - After touring Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Saturday suggested that camps should serve as a long-term solution for millions, while other refugees could be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries. "I did not detect any great desire for them to come to the United States," Carson told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Jordan. "You've got these refugee camps that aren't completely full. And all you need is the resources to be able to run them. Why do you need to create something else?" The retired neurosurgeon toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred.