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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....

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):...

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....

US traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation's highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities....

Black Friday madness missing in rural Alaska communities
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Forget about long lines and pushy shoppers ready to do battle for sweet Black Friday deals. In rural Alaska, residents are far removed from all the frenzy that goes with the nation's most intense shopping day of the year....

Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An expanded version of America's annual Thanksgiving travel saga has begun with gas prices low and terrorism fears high....

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 17-year-old who was in a car stopped for an expired car registration sticker traded gunfire with police during a Tuesday morning highway chase that ended with a fiery crash involving a school bus and a trooper with a gunshot wound, police said....

As Rhodes scholar, Harvard student to explore Syrian roots
BOSTON (AP) -- The honor of winning a Rhodes scholarship carries extra weight for Neil Alacha. It will help connect him to his Middle Eastern roots....

Health co-op failure in NY leaves doctors owed millions
NEW YORK (AP) -- The sudden collapse of the largest nonprofit insurance cooperative created by President Barack Obama's health care law is causing headaches in New York, especially for medical providers owed millions of dollars for treating the failed plan's patients....

Washington university cancels classes over hate speech
SEATTLE (AP) -- After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a quiet Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday....

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