The Rev. Scott Dontanville, front, co-pastor of the Hope Chapel, consoles a congregant before service early Sunday in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo.

After Colorado shooting, renewed questions on gun violence

Colorado’s governor called it a “form of terrorism” and said that the country needed to ask why such shootings were happening so frequently.

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Lawyers for Tamir Rice’s family release outside reports criticizing shooting

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city would soon increase the number of police officers wearing video cameras.

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Study: Smaller animals maintain cleanliness to survive

The results could lead to new self-cleaning technologies to keep solar panels and remote camera sensors dust-free.

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National briefs: U of Chicago cancels classes over threat

PLUS: Deadly storm lingering in Plains; 3 die in N.J. crash; Clinton eyes infrastructure; Christie gets key support

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 Korina Ciuba, right, her brother Gage Ciuba and their grandmother Jean Harmon hold hands with fellow mourners Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., at a vigil held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. The vigil honored those killed in Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Obama: Recurring gun violence is ‘not normal’

The president responded angrily on Saturday to the Colorado shooting that took three lives, including that of a police officer.

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Officer slain in shooting was a co-pastor, skating champion

Officer Garrett Swasey was killed after responding to reports of an active shooter. He was one of 12 victims — and one of three fatalities.

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 Donald Trump signs autographs Saturday after speaking to supporters.

Trump weathers controversies at boisterous rally

At a rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday, Mr. Trump denied critics’ assertions that he had mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

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 A mural of President Woodrow Wilson in the Wilson College dining hall at Princeton University in New Jersey. The former president of both the U.S. and Princeton is central to the school’s historical identity, but his racist views were seldom discussed on campus until recently, when a student group’s actions to raise awareness culminated in a list of demands.

At Princeton, Woodrow Wilson recast as an intolerant alum

As the school’s president in the early 20th century, Wilson initiated its expansion into a full-scale university.

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 City Council member Saad Almasmari, 28, far right, talks with community members inside a grocery store.

For the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents are tense about its future

Hamtramck, Mich., is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris.

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New policy will open up end-of-life care dialogue between patients and caregivers

“The conversation should not start in the last two weeks, when everybody expects the patient to die,” said Dr. Bernard Bernacki.

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 Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in  undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect in Colorado attack called loner who left few clues

Authorities say Robert Lewis Dear, 57, killed three people during an hours-long standoff before surrendering at the Colorado Springs clinic

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Protests shut down Chicago strip

Black Friday march targets high-end stores

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Students collecting oral history across U.S. this week

Interviews will be sent to Library of Congress

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FBI to start tracking animal cruelty in 2016

Some say violence against animals can be an early indication that a person will be violent toward humans.

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National briefs: Man charged in Chicago boy’s killing

Plus: Carson to tour Jordan, NSA collection to end, 5 die in heavy rains, Server slain over smoking

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 Police lead the suspected gunman away in handcuffs outside a Planned Parenthood facility after a standoff on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gunman kills 3 in shootout at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic

An official identified the gunman in custody as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina.  As yet, authorities have no motive for the attack.

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 Demonstrators block the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues Tuesday as they protest the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in downtown Chicago.

Black leaders in Chicago push for investigation of police department

A graphic video was released Wednesday of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

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As temperatures rise, glaciers melting faster

Grinnell Glacier is disappearing due to decades of warming temperatures and may not exist as early as 2030.

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Arrest made in 9-year-old's killing in Chicago

Police said Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alley off of South Damen Avenue on Nov. 2 and killed because of his father’s gang ties.

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National briefs: Donald Trump denies mocking reporter

Plus: Kasem children sue, prison guard arrested, Va. marijuana arrests up, protesters run onto field.

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 Early holiday shoppers make their way into the Toys 'R' Us in Cranberry.

Retailers ask: Will shoppers feast on Black Friday?

Big chains like Macy's, J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart and Target opened their doors on the holiday for those hoping to get their post-turkey shop

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 A protestor marches during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald early Wednesday in Chicago.

Outcry over Chicago teen’s death persists

More than 100 protesters took to the streets Wednesday, marching and chanting through the Loop and blocking traffic.

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Fence-jumper prompts afternoon lockdown at White House

The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement.

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Shots fired at Minneapolis police protest second night in a row

Black Lives Matter protesters have been camping out in front of Minneapolis’s 4th Precinct since Nov. 15.

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Maker won’t cut list price of drug after 5,000% hike

Turing caused a furor in September when it acquired the drug and immediately raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet.

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 An armed police officer stands guard Thursday at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security

Heavy police presence join balloons and floats on parade route.

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 Gen. John Campbell, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks Wednesday at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Soldiers suspended over hospital attack

Gen. John F. Campbell said a probe concluded that “human error” was to blame, compounded by technical, mechanical and procedural failures.

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 Cindy Edwards, of Cranberry, was one of many shoppers who were getting a headstart on their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving. Ms. Edwards was looking to snag some good deals at the Toys 'R' Us in Cranberry.

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s were sticking with their evening Thanksgiving openings.

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Black Friday retailers pile on discounts to lure shoppers

About 135.8 million Americans are expected to shop in stores or online over the four-day weekend.

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National briefs: Hate crimes show decline since 2004

PLUS: feds warn Georgia; Weed killer withdrawal; Flu vaccine booster; New catfish rules; Trooper leaves hospital.

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 President Barack Obama speaks from the White House today to brief the American public on the nation's homeland security situation heading into the holiday season.

Obama may ignore ban by Congress on Gitmo transfers

The president spoke from the White House today shortly after meeting with his national security team.

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 A woman, who was seen on video, arrived at the Holy Jesus Child Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Monday with a newborn, who was left behind in an empty manger scene.

Healthy newborn found abandoned in Nativity scene at NYC church

The parish priest, the Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue, 28, said he could think of no better place to leave a baby

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Las Vegas going green in deal to run city with only clean power

The agreement doesn’t cover the famously bright casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

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 Demonstrators march in Minneapolis on Tuesday, a day after five people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station.

Activists vow not to cower after shooting of 5

The police took three people into custody Tuesday in connection with the shooting of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest.

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 An Amtrak officer watches passengers Tuesday as they board a train at Penn Station in New York. After a string of terror attacks in several countries, the U.S. government issued a worldwide travel alert.

U.S. traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

The findings prompted a call from the nation’s highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.

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Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

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 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

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National briefs: Ky. felons given voting rights

PLUS: Spy goes free; Copter crash kills 4; ACLU sues Indiana; Bomb plotter sentenced; E. coli sickens 19

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Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

An evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare.

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One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

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Poll: Voters distrust government in general, but like many specifics

Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they feel “frustrated” by the government and another 1 in 5 described themselves as “angry” toward it.

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Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

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U.S. germ warfare defense network is erratic, government report says

The BioWatch system, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2003, has exasperated public health officials with numerous false alarms.

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 A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum. Malaria is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person then bites someone else.

Altered mosquito gene blocks malaria

The experiment has implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.

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 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

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Nation briefs: Tape from shooting called inconclusive

Plus: Clock maker sues, Rape conviction tossed, Immigration appeal, Planned Parenthood sues Texas

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 Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

Chicago police officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

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 A protester is removed by security as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Trump condones attack on Black Lives Matter activist

Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at an Alabama convention center was “so obnoxious and so loud.”

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 Members of The Syrian People Solidarity Group protest Sunday in Austin, Texas. The group was protesting Texas governor Greg Abbott's refusal to allow Syrian refugees in the state.

U.S. religious leaders make forceful appeal for refugee resettlement

They contended that a legitimate debate over security has been overtaken by irrational fear and prejudice.

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Midwest gets deep freeze after latest snow

Low temperatures turned the season’s first major snow into ice that made some roads treacherous to travel.

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