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Black Pastors Press Trump on Racially Charged Rhetoric

Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times based on concerns about his blunt language

Indonesia Retrieves Final Part Of AirAsia QZ8501 Fuselage

Parts, Crew Blamed for AirAsia Crash

Indonesian investigators say that technical malfunctions and crew errors are largely to blame for the AirAsia flight QZ 8501 crash that killed all 162 on board on Dec. 28, 2014. The flight was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore

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Mattress Firm to Buy Sleepy’s for $780 Million

Mattress Firm has agreed to buy Sleepy’s and its holding company for about $780 million, officials announced. Mattress Firm will gain Sleepy’s more than 1,050 stores in 17 states, including those in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (3rd L) holds up hands with (L-R) Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Patty Murray (D-WA) during a 'Women for Hillary' fundraiser November 30, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth Warren Absent From Hillary Clinton Event

All but one of the 14 female Democratic senators appeared at a Washington fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Not joining them was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has not yet endorsed Clinton's campaign

Workers walk along aisles of goods stored inside an fulfillment centre in Hemel Hempstead, north of London, on November 25, 2015. Shops could be seeing the effect of consumers postponing purchases until "Black Friday" on November 27, a day of sales in the United States that has become increasingly popular in Britain. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

This Was the Biggest Cyber Monday Ever

Cyber Monday is on track to become the biggest online sales day in history, with total spending predicted to reach $2.98 billion. The total sales for the five days since Thanksgiving are up, totaling about $11 billion

Puerto Rico Teeters On Edge Of Massive Default

Puerto Rico Faces Debt Payment Deadline

Six months since Puerto Rico's governor said the territory would be unable to pay $72 billion in debt, it faces little relief and a deadline on a $354 million payment. The U.S. Congress is also continuing to hold hearings on what to do about the fiscal crisis

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U.S. Marine Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipina

A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of killing a Filipina transgender woman in the Philippines last year. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl

Police officers gather in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis as special forces raid an apartment on Nov. 18, 2015.

France Has Arrested 210 People Since Paris Attacks

More than 2,000 raids have been carried out in France since the country declared a state of emergency after the terrorist massacres in Paris 18 days ago, with 300 weapons seized and 210 people taken into custody, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said

epa05048946 US President Barack Obama (C) attends a family photo of world leaders at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) due to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December will proceed as planned, despite the terrorist attacks of 13 November. The aim is to reach an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change. EPA/IAN LANGSDON/POOL MAXPPP OUT

World Leaders Give Climate Conference Momentum

Heads of state from nearly 150 countries met in Paris in a show of support for a strong agreement to combat climate change. The speeches highlighted the urgency of addressing climate change and little in actual substance breaking news logo The Brief

New Alaska Mayor Found Dead in Home

Greg Fisk, 70, the new mayor of Juneau, Alaska, was found dead in his home, officials said. Fisk, who was elected to the role last month, was declared dead at the scene. Police have not determined whether his death is suspicious

This photo taken on Nov. 30, 2015, shows rows of U.S. dollar, euro, Chinese yuan, and Japanese yen bills.

Chinese Yuan Added to World's Leading Currencies

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese renminbi or yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies. The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound