World leaders gather to try to save Earth from overheating LE BOURGET, France (AP) - With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. "We should ask what will we say to our grandchildren if we fail," British Prime Minister David Cameron said as the U.N. climate summit opened under heavy security on the outskirts of Paris, two weeks after the extremist attacks that left 130 people dead. "Instead of making excuses tomorrow, let's take action today." Even before the gathering, more than 180 countries pledged to cut or curb their emissions, but scientific analyses show that much bigger reductions would be needed to limit man-made warming of the Earth to 2 degrees Centigrade (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times, the internationally agreed-upon goal.
Suspect in Planned Parenthood attack makes 1st appearance COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that he will face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people killed in the standoff with police. Speaking in a raspy voice, Robert Lewis Dear appeared via a video hookup from the El Paso County Jail, where he has been held since surrendering after Friday's five-hour siege. The white-bearded suspect wore a padded vest with black straps and gazed downward during most of the hearing. Victims' relatives watched from a courtroom. When asked by Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez if he understood his rights, Dear replied, "no questions." Public defender Daniel King, who represented Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, stood beside Dear and will act as his attorney.
Pope urges peace while visiting C. African Republic mosque BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Pope Francis made a historic visit to the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic's capital Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militias. Moments after he left, hundreds of Muslims who had essentially been barricaded inside by armed Christians burst into what had been a no-man's land only a day earlier. Some jubilant residents even followed the pope into the city center shouting, "The war is over!" - a hopeful sign for potential reunification. The bold visit by the pope, who traveled into the most volatile part of Bangui in his open-air popemobile, underscored his message of faith over fear.
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Turkey won?t apologize to Russia over warplane downing Turkey won?t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, stressing that the military was doing its job defending the country?s airspace. Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey hopes Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions announced against Turkish interests following last week?s incident. The Turkish resort town of Antalya is ?like a second home? to many Russian holidaymakers, he said, but refused to yield on Turkish security. ?No Turkish prime minister or president will apologize ... because of doing our duty,? Davutoglu told reporters after meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. ?Protection of Turkish airspace, Turkish borders is a national duty, and our army did their job to protect this airspace.
Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up ?Cyber Monday? deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday pick up. But enough shoppers have been trained to look for ?Cyber Monday? specific sales to ensure the holiday will still mean big bucks for retailers. It?s too early for sales figures, but Monday is still expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, likely racking up more than $3 billion in sales, according to comScore.
High court's election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's lineup of new cases is fit for an election year. Affirmative action, abortion and another look at the Obama health care law all are before the court, and they could well be joined by immigration, giving the justices a run of cases that reads like a campaign platform. Also coming; disputes involving public-sector labor unions, the death penalty and the way electoral districts are drawn. Decisions in these high-profile cases almost certainly will split the court along ideological lines, mirroring the country's stark partisan split. What's more, the most contentious issues won't be resolved until late June, barely four months before the 2016 presidential election.
Police shooting of black teen cited in U of Chicago threat CHICAGO (AP) - Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and led to protests. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school on Chicago's South Side, according to the criminal complaint. Dean, who is black, was arrested Monday morning. He did not enter a plea later in the day on a charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce in court. The threat was posted Saturday, just days after the city released a video of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black, 16 times.
McCarthy predicts no gov't shutdown over Planned Parenthood WASHINGTON (AP) - A top House leader predicted Monday that Washington will avoid stumbling into a government shutdown next week over a tea party-backed drive to take away Planned Parenthood's funding. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy added, however, that Congress may need additional time to work through a massive, $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that tops the agenda as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill for a two- or three-week sprint to finish this year's session. McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters that "I do not hear people shutting the government down over it right now," referring to demands by some conservatives to attach language to "defund" Planned Parenthood to the must-do spending bill.
Calendars show Clinton made time at State for supporters WASHINGTON (AP) - As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press. The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly 100 corporate executives, Clinton charity donors and political supporters during her four years at the State Department between 2009 and 2013, records show. Many of those meetings and calls, formally scheduled by her aides, involved heads of companies and organizations that were pursuing business or private interests with the Obama administration at the time, including with the State Department while Clinton was in charge.
Bryant kicks off hoops goodbye tour in hometown of Philly PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him. Bryant will play his first road game since announcing he'll retire after this season in his hometown Tuesday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-18). The five-time NBA champion's relationship with Philly fans has been turbulent throughout his 20-year NBA career in Los Angeles. Some love him. Some hate him. Regardless, nearly everyone respects his superstar talent. With the 76ers, Eagles and Flyers all struggling, Bryant's return was a hot topic on sports radio on Monday. "I always enjoyed watching Kobe play and consider him one of the greatest ever, but he didn't want to play for the Sixers so I held that against him," said longtime Philadelphia sports fan John Passero.