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 terrorist 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: US House leader won't pay for climate deal PARIS (AP) - The latest news from the U.N. climate conference that began Monday in Paris. All times local: 9:15 p.m. U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the House will not go along if President Barack Obama tries to commit taxpayer money to support a climate accord reached in Paris. He says Congress has the authority to decide how to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars, "and I don't think that's the best use of our money." McCarthy suggested that a must-pass year-end spending bill currently in the works could become the vehicle for language blocking any such expenditure. The California Republican on Monday also criticized Obama's overall approach at the Paris talks, saying he should be focusing on America's progress in switching to natural gas and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Speculation swirls on motive as judge seals docs in attack COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man accused of killing three people, including a police officer, at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs lived a troubled, isolated life in the Carolinas and Colorado, but acquaintances said he never hinted that he would target the organization. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, Is accused of shooting a university police officer who tried to stop the attack, and an Iraq war veteran and a mother of two who were accompanying separate friends to the clinic. The rampage touched off an hours-long standoff and shootout Friday that also sent nine other people to a hospital.
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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 NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales. There were some outages, including Target's site briefly midmorning. An alert said high traffic was causing delays. "It's no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals," said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation. Online shopping is taking its toll on brick-and-mortar shopping.
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.
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.
Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water. Francis was asked about the church's opposition to condoms while returning Monday to Rome from Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Africa in general and Kenya and Uganda in particular have been hard hit by the AIDS epidemic, and the Catholic Church has faced criticism that its position has contributed to the problem. Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, earned the wrath of health care professionals, gay rights activists and the U.N.
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 on Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city that had been closed off for months because of retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militia fighters. Moments after he left, hundreds of Muslims who had essentially been barricaded inside by the armed Christian militias that stood guard around the perimeter burst into what had been a no-man's land only a day earlier. Some jubilant residents emboldened by the high security in the area even followed the pope into the city's center shouting "the war is over," a hopeful sign that this religiously divided capital could potentially reunite.