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People play with a giant balloon representing Earth at Piazza Venezia during a rally calling for action on climate change on November 29, 2015 in Rome a day before the launch of the COP21 conference in Paris. Some 150 leaders including US President Barack Obama, China's Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi and Russia's Vladimir Putin will attend the start of the UN conference Monday, tasked with reaching the first truly universal climate pact. The goal is to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), perhaps less, over pre-Industrial Revolution levels by curbing fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/NurPhoto)
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Billions Pledged for Clean Tech

Government and business leaders including President Barack Obama and Bill Gates are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week's high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging tens of billions of dollars for research

Planned Parenthood Suspect: 'No More Baby Parts'

After his arrest, alleged Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear said "no more baby parts," according to a law enforcement official. The attack at the organization's clinic in Colorado Springs killed three people, including a police officer


Pope Brings Peace Message to Central African Republic

Pope Francis arrived in the conflict-torn Central African Republic to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has divided the capital city and forced nearly 1 million from their homes

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100 Detained After Paris Climate Protest Turns Violent

The Paris police chief says that about 100 people have been detained after a protest seeking a global climate deal turned violent ahead of global warming talks in the city. Police fired numerous rounds of tear gas on protesters to disperse them

Hunger Games Wins at Thanksgiving Box Office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top The Good Dinosaur and Creed in their Thanksgiving weekend debuts

Donald Trump Stands By 9/11 Cheering Claims

Despite a lack of evidence, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump kept pushing the claim that he saw cheering from Muslims in New Jersey on September 11, 2001. He said he saw the supposed celebrations on television

Cleveland Police Shoot Boy

Officials Release New Images of Tamir Rice Shooting

Prosecutors in Ohio released a frame-by-frame analysis of the surveillance camera footage first made public a year ago that shows a white Cleveland police officer fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun

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Turkey Says Pilot's Body Will Be Flown to Russia

Turkey will deliver the body of a Russian pilot back home, officials said. The pilot was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane when it entered its airspace from Syria, ignoring several warnings

NSA Surveillance

NSA Ends Phone Data Collection Program

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American has ended, closing a controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program. The government will now have to request data from telephone companies

Black Friday Marks Beginning Of Holiday Season In NYC

Black Friday Sales Down More Than $1 Billion

Shoppers this year were less willing to brave the Black Friday crowds. Sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday both fell in stores this year, with a growing amount of people pursuing their discounts online instead

The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project's "A Night of a Thousand Genders"

School Cancels Book Reading About Transgender Teen

A Wisconsin elementary school has cancelled plans to read a book about a transgender girl after it was threatened with a lawsuit. The Mount Horeb Primary Center had planned to read and discuss the book “I Am Jazz."

The head of the local chamber of lawyers, Tahir Elci was killed in Diyarbakir

Prominent Pro-Kurdish Lawyer Killed in Attack in Turkey

A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack