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The Latest: Charlotte police says he'll release video
A North Carolina police chief has announced he has decided to release police bodycam and dash cam video footage of Tuesday's police shooting of a black man in Charlotte. Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department didn't immediately say when the footage would be made public but said he had decided the release would not hinder an ongoing investigation of the shooting. He said he had determined recently that releasing footage would have "no adverse impact on the investigation." He also added physical evidence would be released. "These are tough times for our city and we're going to get through it," he added.


Video demand dominates 5th day of protests in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Amid anxiety and unease over the police shooting of a black man, demonstrations in Charlotte have gone from violent to peaceful, although demands to see video of the encounter remain at the forefront of discussions for those taking to the streets. Many of the hundreds massed outside at the Charlotte police department building Saturday afternoon chanted the name "Keith Scott." The 43-year-old black man was shot to death by a black officer earlier in the week, and police have not released dashcam and body camera video. Protesters marched Saturday through the streets of a city on edge after Scott's shooting death.


New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens
WASHINGTON (AP) - America's first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country's first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone "walk away that much more in love" with their country. In an impassioned speech, President Barack Obama pointed out the highs and lows of being black in America, from slavery and Jim Crow segregation to voting rights and economic leaders. That duality lingers still, Obama said, through successes such as his presidency, and trials such as the police killings of black men. "We are not a burden on America.


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Syrian troops advance in Aleppo amid war's heaviest bombing
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what residents described as the heaviest air bombardment of the 5 -year civil war. The U.N. meanwhile said that nearly 2 million people in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and onetime commercial center, are without running water following the escalation in fighting over the past few days. Government forces captured the rebel-held Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat as airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing 52 people, including 11 children and six women, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's Department Store. By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. Four people were dead and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. A fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building. "There are people waking up this morning and their world has changed forever. The city of Burlington has probably changed forever, but I don't think our way life needs to change," Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said Saturday at a news conference.


War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support
WASHINGTON (AP) - War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal. Two years after the IS onslaught in northern Iraq, the investigators, as well as U.S. diplomats, say the Obama administration has done little to pursue prosecution of the crimes that Secretary of State John Kerry has called genocide. Current and former State Department officials say that an attempt in late 2014 to have a legal finding of genocide was blocked by the Defense Department, setting back efforts to prosecute IS members suspected of committing war crimes.


Clinton, Trump look to overcome weaknesses on debate stage
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Hillary Clinton needs a moment to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted. In an election year that has upended political convention, the candidates' best opportunity to conquer their weaknesses will come in the most traditional of campaign forums: Monday's 90-minute, prime-time debate. Both campaigns expect a record-setting television audience for the high-stakes showdown, which could help tip the balance in a tight White House race. The visuals alone will be striking as the candidates step behind their podiums at Hofstra University in suburban New York.


Priests' murders rattle Mexican city gripped by violence
POZA RICA, Mexico (AP) - In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair. The killings in Poza Rica, in the troubled Gulf state of Veracruz, also came at a moment of heightened tension between the Roman Catholic Church and Mexico's government. Church leaders are increasingly frustrated by authorities' inability to protect their priests under President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration, and the church is openly opposing his proposal to legalize gay marriage by encouraging the faithful to join demonstrations around the country.


Clinton's debate experience could shape encounter with Trump
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Hillary Clinton has appeared in more than 30 primary debates during her two presidential campaigns, a deep history she can draw upon as she faces Donald Trump on Monday night. Clinton has been through the debate gauntlet in two New York Senate campaigns as well as in presidential primary match-ups against then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders this year and other challengers. Here's a look at some key moments of Clinton's past debates that could influence her performance against Trump: -- BULLYING CAN BACKFIRE Clinton's first 2000 Senate debate with Republican rival Rick Lazio, then New York congressman, shows what could go wrong for Trump if he tries to bully her.


Savior or disaster? UK's Labour divided on Corbyn victory
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Soft-spoken socialist Jeremy Corbyn is the antithesis of Donald Trump. But the British politician - resoundingly re-elected leader of the opposition Labour Party on Saturday - is riding the same wave of anti-centrist sentiment that's propelling the brash U.S. Republican presidential candidate. Both are political outsiders who have unsettled their parties and energized their large fan bases, but whose ability to win power remains unproven. To supporters like Carel Buxton, a retired school principal from London, the 67-year-old longtime leftist Corbyn is "authentic." "People in this country are sick to death of well-spoken, booted-and-suited slimy politicians," she said.

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