Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace MOSCOW (AP) - Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it said ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria, killing at least one of the two pilots in a long-feared escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a "stab in the back" and warned of "significant consequences." The shoot down - the first time in half a century that a NATO member has downed a Russian plane - prompted an emergency meeting of the alliance. The incident highlighted the chaotic complexity of Syria's civil war, where multiple groups with clashing alliances are fighting on the ground and the sky is crowded with aircraft bombing various targets.
Under Iraqi town, IS militants built network of tunnels IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ammunition, medicines and copies of the Quran stashed on shelves. The Associated Press obtained extensive video footage of the tunnels, which were uncovered by Kurdish forces that took the city in northwestern Iraq earlier this month after more than a year of IS rule. "We found between 30 and 40 tunnels inside Sinjar," said Shamo Eado, a commander from Sinjar from the Iraqi Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga.
Officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest. City officials and community leaders have been bracing for the release of the dash-cam video, fearing the kind of turmoil that occurred in cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody. A judge ordered that the recording be made public by Wednesday. Moments before it was released, the mayor and the police chief appealed for calm.
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The Latest: Protesters march, confront police in Chicago CHICAGO (AP) - The latest on the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 12:45 a.m. A small crowd of protesters is snaking through streets near Chicago's downtown early Wednesday. The demonstrations started hours earlier after police released a dash-cam video showing the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer. The officer was charged with murder Tuesday. The protesters tried to block traffic on an expressway before walking toward a lakefront park. A few yelled at police officers, others chanted as they blocked a street. There was little traffic during the overnight hours.
Militant attacks abroad a diplomatic quandary for China's Xi BEIJING (AP) - The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi Jinping in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention? The dilemma underscores the tension between China's desire to be seen as a leading global power and its desire to maintain its own independent foreign policy while shunning the U.S.-led Western liberal democratic political agenda. How Xi will square that ideological circle and what concrete actions he'll take in response could mark an inflection point in Chinese diplomacy. More likely, analysts say, he'll stick to China's long-established neutrality while possibly taking limited behind-the-scenes measures to help in the global campaign against Islamic extremists.
Trump's family joins him on South Carolina campaign MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Donald Trump's wife campaigned with him for the first time in South Carolina on Tuesday, telling voters she loved them and saying her husband would be "the best president, ever." "Isn't he the best?" Melania Trump asked the crowd of thousands in Myrtle Beach, flanked by her parents and three of the businessman's children. "We love you." Unlike come of his rivals' spouses, Trump's wife has until this point chosen to stay largely behind-the-scenes, though Trump mentions her often at events. Trump's family left the stage before the Republican presidential hopeful launched into more than an hour of criticism of both his GOP rivals and the Obama administration.
Rubio finesses abortion stance criticized by Democrats WASHINGTON (AP) - When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio staked out a hard-line position on abortion in the first GOP debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton took notice. The Democratic front-runner quickly blasted Rubio's assertion that he did not support abortion exceptions for victims of rape and incest as "offensive and troubling." At Clinton's Brooklyn campaign headquarters, aides saw echoes of the controversial candidate comments on abortion that hurt Republicans with women voters during the 2012 election. Since then, Rubio has been finessing his statements on the sensitive topic. In an interview with The Associated Press, Rubio said he unequivocally backs abortion exceptions when the life of the mother is in danger and would also back legislation with allowances for cases of rape and incest - even though he personally doesn't support those exceptions.
Group raised suspicions before 5 were shot at police protest MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn't seem right. Lingering in the crowd were four people who seemed out of place. They were asked to leave. Moments later, shots rang out about a block away. "I really did think it was like firecrackers or something initially because it was so loud and there was like this acrid smell," protester Jie Wronski-Riley said. "I thought, 'Surely, they are not shooting at us.'" Then Wronski-Riley heard the cries of wounded people on the ground.
He jumped into Normandy, ran spies in Moscow, retired at 90 WASHINGTON (AP) - Hugh Montgomery never wrote a memoir. That just wasn't done among his generation of spies. But his exploits as a World War II combat veteran, CIA cold warrior and Washington power player could have filled a dozen books and made him a revered figure among the insiders who know his story. Montgomery jumped into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne. He went behind enemy lines for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA's daring and nimble forerunner, where he was among the first Americans to enter the Buchenwald concentration camp. After returning to Harvard to earn his PhD and teach, he joined the newly formed CIA, where he led spying operations against the Soviets in Rome, Paris, Vienna, Athens and Moscow.
Tunisia declares state of emergency after bus blast kills 12 TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisia's president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital Tuesday after an explosion struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20 others. The government described it as a terrorist attack. The blast on a tree-lined avenue in the heart of Tunis is a new blow to a country that is seen as a model for the region but has struggled against Islamic extremist violence. Radical gunmen staged two attacks earlier this year that killed 60 people, devastated the tourism industry and rattled this young democracy.