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Chicago on edge over police shooting video

Protests erupted in Chicago for a second day Wednesday in response to the release of graphic dashcam video that shows the final moments of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald's life.

The demonstrations were peaceful and didn't lead to massive disruptions.…



Foster care, abuse -- Laquan McDonald's tragic life

In death, Laquan McDonald has countless defenders, people who want justice for him. They know him as the teenager in a police dashboard camera video who is seen walking away from a police officer who, in the span of 15 seconds, shoots him 16 times.



REI to workers: Shun Black Friday, enjoy nature

For 13 straight years, energetic REI store manager Nikki Mashapure spent her Black Friday in the retail trenches, trying to keep from being overrun by invading shoppers at work.

But the day after Thanksgiving this year, the mother of three young…


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Toys 'R' Us, Amazon and Walmart race to start Cyber Monday

The race is on to start Cyber Monday online sales well before Monday.


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Family: Frank Gifford suffered from CTE

The family of Frank Gifford says the revered sportscaster and NFL star suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive brain disease linked to the types of brain injuries and head trauma common in football.

"While Frank passed away…



ISIS claims Tunis bomb blast that killed 12

ISIS has claimed responsibility for bombing a bus carrying members of Tunisia's presidential guard, the latest deadly attack to roil a country once hailed as one of the few success stories of the Arab Spring.

Twelve people were killed in Tuesday's…


Downed Russian bomber threatens NATO

The cool, calm, clear thinking that kept the NATO alliance intact as it weathered the Cold War with the Soviet Union has been shattered.  

Decades of careful diplomacy and nail-biting inaction during the potentially world-annihilating nuclear arms…


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Obama family serves Thanksgiving dinner to homeless and vets

President Barack Obama, joined by the entire first family, on Wednesday began the Thanksgiving holiday by serving dinner to the local homeless population and veterans at Friendship Place Homeless Center in Washington.



Obama: No 'specific and credible threat' to U.S.

Ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government is "taking every possible step" to keep the country safe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, seeking to reassure travelers and adding there is no known "specific and credible threat" to…


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2016 candidates: Yes, Chicago cop should face charges

Several 2016 hopefuls weighed in Wednesday on the shooting death of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer.


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Human error led to MSF strike, general says

A U.S. airstrike that mistakenly killed 30 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last month was, in part, the result of military personnel inadvertently aiming at the wrong target -- the hospital compound -- instead…


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Obama: No 'specific and credible' threat to US

President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to reassure Thanksgiving travelers, saying there is no known "specific and credible threat" to the U.S.


On Camera: Exclusive video of downed Russian jet

CNN exclusive video shows wreckage of the Russian SU-24 warplane that was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet near the Turkish-Syrian border.


Grateful shopper pays for firefighters' groceries

A grocery-shopping firefighter in Vandalia, Ohio, left his goods to answer a fire call. He returned to find the station's groceries paid for.

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