- Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent Tuesday, a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.
- Sen. Joni Ernst retires from Iowa National Guard
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U. S. Sen. Joni Ernst has retired from the Iowa Army National Guard.
- Woman charged with animal cruelty; dog's mouth was taped
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in Cary say a woman who posted a picture of her chocolate lab-mix with its mouth taped shut on her social media page and sparked public outrage is charged with animal cruelty.
- Jurors still deadlocked in ex-coal CEO Blankenship trial
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors said Tuesday they are still deadlocked in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, prompting a federal judge to advise them they can return a partial verdict if they agree on a portion of the charges.
- Stolen tortoise returned home safely in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pet tortoise stolen during a home invasion got to ride shotgun when Albuquerque police returned the reptile to its owner.
- Lower Manhattan: carousel, shopping, French food, light show
NEW YORK (AP) — On a dark December night, a canopy of lights glitters across Lower Manhattan, and not just from One World Trade and the other downtown skyscrapers. The neighborhood sparkles with new attractions, from the otherworldly glow of the SeaGlass carousel in Battery Park to a colorful, choreographed light show called Luminaries at the Winter Garden.
- NATO agrees to keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2016
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers have agreed to keep about 12,000 troops in Afghanistan through next year, while pushing forward with a funding drive to help the country through 2020.
- The Latest: Negotiators take heart at Obama comments
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
- FIFA sponsors demand 'independent oversight' of reforms
LONDON (AP) — Five of FIFA's sponsors have written to the executive committee of soccer's scandal-battered governing body demanding "independent oversight" of the reform process.
- Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit the human genetic code.
- US appeals court reconsiders decision on ex-bin Laden aide
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court will reconsider the legality of the only remaining conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant.
- Cybersecurity bills would add secrecy to public records laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.
- US sending more special ops forces to fight Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expanding its special operations force in Iraq and Syria to help fight Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.
- Puerto Rico's governor issues "distress call" to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
- Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that cures the liver-wasting disease, Senate investigators said Tuesday.
- O'Malley: I want to be your second choice _ for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is telling House Democrats he hopes they keep him in their consideration as he runs for president.
- Rhode Island officials plan to rebuild Upper Wyoming Dam
HOPE VALLEY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials plan to rebuild a deteriorating Hope Valley dam as part of an initiative to repair or replace failing dams throughout the state.
- Antelope Valley College closed after violence threat
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Antelope Valley College in northern Los Angeles County has closed its main campus and two satellite locations as sheriff's detectives investigate a threat of violence made on social media.
- 'The Wiz Live!' to air vocal description for sight-impaired
NEW YORK (AP) — When "The Wiz Live!" airs on NBC this Thursday, it will come alive for the blind with a voiced description of the broadcast's sights and action integrated into its soundtrack.
- Vermont announces pilot opiate treatment program
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced a pilot program to treat opiate addiction in newly released inmates.