Chicago officer, charged with murdering black teen, posts bond

Killings by Police ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday set a $1.5 million bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a patrol car's dashboard camera video showed him shooting a black teenager 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who appeared in shackles, must post 10 percent of the total amount. The police union president said after the hearing that union members can help Van Dyke's family meet the amount.


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Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting told he faces murder charge

Robert L. Dear is seen in an undated picture released by the Colorado Springs Police DepartmentThe man accused of killing three people and wounding nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told he faces charges including first-degree murder during his first court appearance on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, appearing by video link from jail, spoke only to tell the judge he had no questions. There was no discussion of the suspect's motives during the brief hearing, and formal charges will be filed at a court appearance scheduled for Dec. 9.


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U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks

The logo of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reflected in the spectacles of an analyst working in a watch and warning center of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National LaboratoryBy Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would immediately start to collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries such as Syria and Iraq, the White House said.


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Putin: Turkey shot down Russian plane to defend ISIS oil supplies

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near ParisBy Denis Dyomkin PARIS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the reason Turkey downed a Russian warplane last week was that it wanted to protect supplies of oil from Islamic State. Putin, speaking at the global climate conference in Paris, added that the decision to shoot down the plane was a "huge mistake" and that he had not met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, despite them both being in Paris. "We have received additional data which confirm that Islamic State oil ... enters the territory of Turkey," Putin said.


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Jury selection starts in trial of Baltimore police officer charged in man’s death

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter approaches the court house in BaltimoreJury selection began on Monday for the trial of the first of six police officers charged in the April death of a black man in police custody that set off rioting in the city and inflamed an already tense U.S. debate on race and justice. Officer William Porter, 26, faces charges including manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office for the death of Freddie Gray, 25. Porter, who is black, is accused of ignoring Gray's requests for medical aid and not putting a seatbelt on him, even though he was shackled and handcuffed.


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Gun threat at University of Chicago passes without incident

University of Chicago Police patrols the campus in ChicagoAn FBI official said on Monday that the agency was investigating the threat. On Sunday afternoon, the university canceled Monday classes and activities after being warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that someone had made an online threat of gun violence on campus. FBI counterterrorism officials said the threat, by an unknown person, made specific reference to 10 a.m. local time and the quad on the university's Hyde Park campus, university President Robert Zimmer said on the school's website.


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Target website down on Cyber Monday traffic

File photo of a Target store in Arvada Colorado(Reuters) - Discount retailer Target Corp's website was down due to heavy traffic on Cyber Monday. Shoppers looking for bargains on http://www.target.com/ were greeted with an error message: "So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically & get things going ASAP." "Both traffic and order volumes are exceeding Target's Thursday Black Friday event ... To help manage the volume, we have been metering traffic to the site," Target spokeswoman Jamie Bastian said.


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