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President to head to France for major climate conference

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 04:16 AM

UNDATED (AP) — The critical global climate conference kicks off in Paris tomorrow and President Barack Obama is among world leaders arriving today as he tries to cement a legacy of environmental protection.

Negotiators from 196 countries are seeking an accord that reduces man-made emissions to limit rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather that is already threatening populations around the world.

Obama needs to reassure leaders that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments, despite opposition from Congressional Republicans.

Police officer shot, killed during call; man arrested

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 03:23 AM

NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (AP) — A 31-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with the shooting death of a veteran Pennsylvania police officer.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the suspect, who authorities have identified as Ray Shetler Jr., was arrested after a six-hour manhunt about 3 a.m. walking near a power plant outside of New Florence.

The officer who was killed has been identified as St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed.

Attorneys for slain boy's family want own experts to testify

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 11:16 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for the family of the black 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer last year have asked a prosecutor to allow their use-of-force experts to testify before the grand jury.

The request follows the release of reports by prosecutors that concluded the shooting was justified because the officers had no way of knowing that Tamir Rice's pellet gun wasn't a real firearm.

The family's experts say bad police tactics led to Tamir's death.

Images, analysis released of Cleveland officer shooting boy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 10:39 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio have released a frame-by-frame analysis of surveillance camera footage that shows a white Cleveland police officer fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun last year.

The enhancement by a video expert will be presented to a grand jury that's been meeting to decide if patrolman Timothy Loehmann should be charged criminally for killing Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center on November 22, 2014.

Some parishioners eye adoption of baby left in church manger

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 10:25 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Some parishioners at a New York City church where a newborn was left in a Christmas manger are interested in adopting the baby boy.

The Rev. Christopher Heanue told Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1On5Ndn ) Saturday that a number of members of the Holy Child Jesus Church "would love to see him stay" in the congregation.

A custodian returned from lunch Monday to find the 5-pound baby in the church's nativity scene. The boy is now in the custody of child welfare authorities.

Suspected burglar dies after getting stuck in chimney

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 08:49 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected burglar has died after getting stuck in a chimney in Central California.

Fresno County Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Pursell said a homeowner in the rural town of Huron heard someone yell after lighting a fire in his fireplace Saturday afternoon and alerted authorities.

Pursell said the homeowner tried to put out the fire as his house began to fill with smoke. Firefighters who rushed to the house used jackhammers to break open the brick chimney, but when they got to the man he died.

Olene Walker, Utah's first female governor, dies at 85

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 06:35 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olene Smith Walker, Utah's first and only female governor, has died. She was 85.

Amanda Covington, a former spokeswoman for Walker, says she died Saturday in Salt Lake City from natural causes.

Considered one of the highest profile women in Utah politics, the Republican served as lieutenant governor for 11 years. She was elevated to governor when Gov. Mike Leavitt left in 2003 to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Judge rules against 13-year-old in climate change challenge

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 05:49 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a 13-year-old who took North Carolina to court over climate change.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1LFiBFN) Hallie Turner learned Wednesday that Wake County Superior Court Judge Mike Morgan rejected her effort to overturn a decision by the state Environmental Management Commission.

The eighth-grader had petitioned the commission, seeking a rule requiring North Carolina to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 4 percent annually.

Officials ID waitress who was killed over patron's cigarette

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 05:29 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Authorities and witnesses say a Mississippi Waffle House server who was shot and killed after asking a customer not to smoke was a 52-year-old longtime waitress who spent some of her final moments asking patrons how they enjoyed their Thanksgiving.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified her Sunday as Julia Brightwell of Biloxi.

Biloxi police charged 45-year-old Johnny Max Mount with first-degree murder. They said he shot Brightwell early Friday after she asked him not to smoke.

Authorities: Lindsay Lohan's stepmother removed from plane

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 05:05 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a coast-to-coast flight was diverted to New Orleans to remove actress Lindsay Lohan's stepmother.

Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, confirmed in an email Saturday that Kate Major-Lohan was removed from a JetBlue plane on Wednesday. He says Major-Lohan is married to Lindsay Lohan's father and was turned over to the FBI.

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