Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State WASHINGTON (AP) - In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if Moscow ends its support for Syria's embattled president. "Russia is the outlier," Obama said during a joint White House news conference with Hollande. Tuesday's meeting came hours after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border. The incident underscored the complex military landscape in Syria, where a sprawling cast of countries and rebel groups are engaged on the battlefield and in the skies overhead, sometimes with minimal coordination.
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.
The Latest: France says it has struck IS center in Iraq WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest on President Barack Obama's meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the White House on the fight against the Islamic State group: 4:30 p.m. France says it has struck an Islamic State command center located west of the Iraqi city of Mosul. A French official on Tuesday said warplanes struck the command center in Tal Afar. The official spoke in Washington shortly after French President Francois Hollande met with U.S. President Barack Obama. The official said the planes took off from the French carrier Charles de Gaulle. It was the second day of airstrikes from the carrier that recently arrived off Syria in the Mediterranean.
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The Latest: Russia pilot killed by groundfire in Syria BEIRUT (AP) - The latest on the Russian warplane shot down by Turkey on Tuesday. All times local: 8:50 p.m. Russia's military general staff says that one of the pilots of the Su-24 warplane that was shot down by Turkey was killed by groundfire as he parachuted from his crippled plane. Russian news agencies reported the statement Tuesday by general staff spokesman Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, who also said that rebels in Syria fired on a Russian helicopter that was searching for the two pilots of the Su-24. He said that shooting killed one crew member on the Mi-8 helicopter and forced it to land in neutral territory.
Official: Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital?s business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday. Abdelhamid Abaaoud and an accomplice are believed to have been planning to attack La Defense on Nov. 18 or 19, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. Abaaoud was among three people killed during a police raid on an apartment in a northern Paris suburb in the early hours of Nov. 18. His female cousin, Hasna Ait Boulahcen, died of asphyxia apparently from the explosive vest detonated by a third person, who hasn?t been identified, the prosecutor said.
Since '01, Clintons collected $35M from financial businesses WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to know she is no friend of Wall Street. But Wall Street has frequently been a friend to her. In the 18 months prior to announcing her second campaign for president, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination addressed private equity investors in California and New York, delivered remarks to bankers in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and spoke to brokers at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. Her efforts capped a nearly 15-year period in which Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made at least $35 million by giving 164 speeches to financial services, real estate and insurance companies after leaving the White House in 2001, according to an Associated Press analysis of public disclosure forms and records released by her campaign.
Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, a day before the deadline a judge set for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing that officials fear will spark unrest. A judge denied Officer Jason Van Dyke bond at a noon hearing. About an hour later, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez held a news conference where she defended the amount of time it took to charge the officer in the Oct. 20, 2014, killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. City officials and community leaders have been bracing for the release of the video, fearing an outbreak of unrest and demonstrations similar to those that occurred in cities including Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.
Thanksgiving travel 2015: Cheap gas but fears of terrorism LOS ANGELES (AP) - That other Thanksgiving tradition - congested highways and jammed airports - is getting underway with gas prices low and terrorism fears high. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. That would be an increase of more than 300,000 people over last year, and the most travelers since 2007. Among the reasons given for the increase: an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline for this time of year since 2008. On Tuesday, some travelers were gearing up for an early exit.
Tunisia declares state of emergency after bus blast kills 12 Tunisia?s president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital after an explosion Tuesday 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.
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.