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Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen
By DON BABWIN and JASON KEYSER 24 Nov 2015 23:45

CHICAGO (AP) -- A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest....

US officials signal move toward embracing self-driving cars
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD 24 Nov 2015 23:34

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public's hands....

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus
By ERRIN HAINES WHACK 24 Nov 2015 23:11

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 17-year-old who was in a car stopped for an expired car registration sticker traded gunfire with police during a Tuesday morning highway chase that ended with a fiery crash involving a school bus and a trooper with a gunshot wound, police said....

Thanksgiving travel 2015: Cheap gas but fears of terrorism
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD 24 Nov 2015 23:03

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- That other Thanksgiving tradition - congested highways and jammed airports - is getting underway with gas prices low and terrorism fears high....

Washington university cancels classes over hate speech

SEATTLE (AP) -- After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a quiet Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday....

Lights out leaves cold, boredom for 20,000 in Washington
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS 24 Nov 2015 22:37

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- It's been cold, dark and boring....

US traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014
By TOM KRISHER 24 Nov 2015 22:31

DETROIT (AP) -- After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation's highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities....

Group raised suspicions before 5 were shot at police protest
By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI 24 Nov 2015 22:05

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn't seem right....

As Rhodes scholar, Harvard student to explore Syrian roots
By COLLIN BINKLEY 24 Nov 2015 20:43

BOSTON (AP) -- The honor of winning a Rhodes scholarship carries extra weight for Neil Alacha. It will help connect him to his Middle Eastern roots....

Health co-op failure in NY leaves doctors owed millions
By DAVID B. CARUSO 24 Nov 2015 18:23

NEW YORK (AP) -- The sudden collapse of the largest nonprofit insurance cooperative created by President Barack Obama's health care law is causing headaches in New York, especially for medical providers owed millions of dollars for treating the failed plan's patients....

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