Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has been asked to step down, exactly one week after dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released. "Now is the time for fresh eyes and fresh leadership," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in announcing a new task force on police accountability. Emanuel has said the task force is being created in an effort to “strengthen the fabric of trust between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it protects.”
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday the U.S. is deploying a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight Islamic State militants, NBC News reported.
Carter told the House Armed Services Committee the "special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture" ISIS leaders.
Senior defense officials told by NBC News, the operations will follow the October special ops raid alongside Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq that freed 70 prisoners being held by ISIS. One US Special Operations commando was killed in that raid.
Carter called the Paris massacre an "assault on the civilization we defend," and vowed that ISIS would be defeated.
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A new report reveals that at least 300 Americans are acting as ISIS ambassadors on social media — spreading propaganda and searching for potential recruits to join the terror group, NBC News reported.
Researchers at George Washington University's Program on Extremism said Twitter is the platform of choice for U.S. based sympathizers, many of them women.
Even though Twitter takes their accounts down, new ones are created within hours and are retweeted by others to regain followers.
The report identified American ISIS supporters who acted as online "spotters" for ISIS, and the researchers who monitored those accounts for six months were able to watch recruitment of recently converted Americans unfold in real time.
The report also looked at how U.S. jihadists meet and recruit in person, uncovering small groups of apparent ISIS sympathizers in a number of cities.
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Parts of a global climate agreement being hammered out in Paris should be legally binding, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. The declaration was a boost to climate negotiators seeking a tough accord and a challenge to Republican senators, many of whom don't believe that global warming is real.
Whether or not to make the climate accord legally binding is a major sticking point at the two-week talks in Paris, which aim to get all countries to agree to cut emissions that scientists say are warming the Earth and are increasing extreme weather such as droughts and floods.
Obama has spent months prodding other countries to make ambitious carbon-cutting pledges to the agreement, which he hopes will become the framework for countries to tackle the climate issue long beyond the end of his presidency in early 2017.
Sixty years after Parks' arrest sparked the historic boycott to end racial segregation on Montgomery's buses, the overwhelmingly black ridership of Montgomery's bus system no longer faces legalized racial segregation — but they face a bus system that advocates call inadequate.
"We went from the back of the bus to where's the bus?" said Stephen Stetson, a policy analyst for Alabama Arise, an advocacy group for the state's low-income families.
December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. Organizations and groups around the world will hold events to celebrate World AIDS Day. Cities and famous landmarks will light up in red to honor those who have lost the battle with AIDS and to show support for those who continue to fight. Find out how you can help.
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Nearly 50 faculty members at Yale University contributed to an open letter showing support for their two embattled colleagues on campus after a controversial email about students' Halloween costumes received national attention.
The letter states that "as faculty colleagues," the group expresses its strong support of Nicholas Christakis, the master of Silliman College at Yale and his wife Erika Christakis, who's an associate master at Silliman, The New Haven Register reports.
Student backlash against the Christakises began after Erika criticized an Intercultural Affairs Committee email that urged students to be careful in their choice of Halloween costumes. Her husband publicly defended her actions.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
An Oklahoma college president stands firm by a statement he made last week that he believes college students expect too much coddling and noted that, "This is Not a Day Care. It's a University."
Dr. Everett Piper, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, posted the statement to a school blog. He said he wrote it after becoming frustrated when a student complained about being "offended" by a sermon given at the Christian liberal arts college, NBC News reported. The sermon included a Bible passage about love.
"It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love," Piper wrote in his post. "I'm not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic."
His post gained national attention following recent student protests against racial discrimination and other issues on campuses across the country.
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Puerto Rico's governor issued a "distress call" to Congress to help his heavily indebted government while signaling he will reroute money to make a bond payment that comes due on Tuesday.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla reiterated his plea to Congress to create a legal framework that would give the territory the authority to restructure its liabilities. He said after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that his administration will "do our best" to make a $355 million bond payment that's key to the U.S. territory's economic future.
But he said the island is running out of cash.
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An explosion on a highway overpass near a subway station in Istanbul on Tuesday wounded five people and was caused by a bomb, a local mayor said.
The bomb was left on barriers on the overpass, said Atilla Aydiner, the mayor for Istanbul's Bayrampasa district. Earlier, Istanbul's governor said one person was slightly injured in the blast.
The explosion occurred at 1530 GMT (10:30 a.m. EST) at an overpass near the city's Bayrampasa subway station, on the European side of Istanbul. Several ambulances and police vehicles were sent to the area.
The Dogan news agency said it was a hand-made cluster bomb.
The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.
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When Donnie Walters took son Zeke to have his picture taken with Santa Claus, the 6-month-old boy couldn't stay awake while they waited in line.
So Santa obliged Walters and posed asleep with the snoozing child resting on his belly.
Walters posted the photos of the sleeping pair on Facebook. The photos taken Nov. 25 at Eastland Mall in Evansville, Indiana, and posted the following day have been liked 371,000 times and shared more than 195,000.