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.
The Latest: Clinic attack suspect was accused of sex assault COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest on the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic (all times local): 9 p.m. Police records show that the suspect in the deadly attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in South Carolina in 1992. Fifty-seven-year-old Robert Lewis Dear was arrested in North Charleston, South Carolina, on a charge of criminal sexual conduct after a woman said he put a knife to her neck, forced her into her apartment and sexually assaulted her after hitting her in the mouth. No records show how the case was ultimately handled.
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. In court later in the day, he did not enter a plea on a charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. 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.
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Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting NEW YORK (AP) - Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language. While some left the gathering at Trump's skyscraper in midtown Manhattan with hopes their message had resonated, Trump said afterward he had no plans to change his approach, which he said had taken him to "first position in every single poll." "The beautiful thing about the meeting is that they didn't really ask me to change the tone," Trump said.
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.
Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster NEW YORK (AP) - 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 research firm comScore.
The Latest: Demonstrators rally for justice for Freddie Gray BALTIMORE (AP) - The latest on the trial of a police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury in the back of a transport van (all times local): 8 p.m. Protesters seeking justice for Freddie Gray have marched from the downtown courthouse to the city's Inner Harbor on the day that jury selection began for the first of six officers charged in Gray's death. The first of six trials for officers charged in Gray's arrest, injury and death in April began Monday morning with jury selection in Officer William Porter's trial.
AP News Guide: Summit opens debate on ethics of gene editing Designer babies or an end to intractable illnesses: A revolutionary technology is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code, aiming to alter DNA in ways that, among other things, could erase disease-causing genes. How far should these experiments try to go - fix only the sick, or make changes that future generations could inherit? Hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world gather in Washington this week to debate the boundaries of human genome editing, sort of a biological cut-and-paste tool that allows researchers to spot a gene defect inside living cells and swap it out. It's all experimental so far, but the promise for new treatments is huge.
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.
Ravens win as time expires on blocked field goal return CLEVELAND (AP) - Will Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards for a touchdown as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 33-27 win Monday night over the luckless Cleveland Browns, who lost their sixth straight game along with starting quarterback Josh McCown. Cleveland's Travis Coons lined up to kick a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal with 3 seconds to go, but it was deflected by defensive end Brent Urban, who was playing his first NFL game for the injury-riddled Ravens (4-7). Hill scooped it up and rumbled down the left sideline for an improbable win, stunning a Cleveland (2-9) crowd which moments earlier was ready to celebrate.