Sunday, November 29
NEW: In Paris for climate talks, Obama honors attack victims
PARIS (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago.
After midnight on a cool and clear Paris night, the American president's motorcade went straight from Orly Airport to the famed French concert hall, the Bataclan, that the terrorists struck.
French President Francois Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, joined Obama. Each placed a single flower at a makeshift memorial and Obama bowed his head in silence
Some 130 people died in the deadliest attack on French soil in more than a half-century. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.
Obama is in Paris for the opening two days of an international conference on combatting climate change.
EU position on climate acceptable to Poland
PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower is lit up in green and environmentally conscious messages are being projected on the monument as Paris prepares to host critical talks on reducing global warming.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in a ceremony beneath the tower on Sunday.
Ban will launch two weeks of climate talks starting Monday aiming at a long-term global agreement for all countries to reduce man-made emissions that 'heat the planet.
Meanwhile, Poland's prime minister (Beata Szydlo) says that the EU's position for climate talks in Paris is acceptable to coal-using Poland and she expects the conference will end in a deal.
She (Szydlo) spoke Sunday in Brussels where she attended an EU-Turkey summit that focused on a response to the influx of migrants from war-torn Syria. On Monday, she will attend the opening of the two-week Paris climate talks.
She hinted that she'll be bargaining hard, because the deal "must not hurt Poland's economy," which largely depends on coal.
French detain 174 after clashes with police
PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister says 174 protesters are in detention facing possible charges after clashing with riot police on the eve of a critical climate conference.
Bernard Cazeneuve said Sunday a total of 208 people were arrested after the clashes, but some were later released.
French President Francois Hollande said the violence was "scandalous" both because the clashes were caused by "disruptive elements" that have nothing to do with environmental defenders and because they occurred at Place de la Republique, which has been a memorial square for the 130 victims of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.
Police said they used tear gas to stop the advance of groups of several hundred people throwing projectiles that included memorial candles.
A well-known climate pressure group is distancing itself from a violent demonstration in Paris, saying the protesters were "unaffiliated with the climate movement."
Polish PM against new quota of sharing migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says that she is against any new quota of migrants that the EU might set for its member countries to share.
Szydlo spoke to reporters Sunday, following an EU-Turkey summit that focused largely on their response to an influx of migrants through Syrian neighbor Turkey into the 28-member European bloc.
Poland, which is not on the migrants' route, has agreed to accept some 7,000 refugees, but is prickly about the figure.
"We are against any new quota to be established, and this approach could also be heard in some other (leaders') speeches," Szydlo said in Brussels.
She said that the summit's main conclusion was that the issue of migrants should be solved "outside the EU borders" with EU's financial help.
Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Pope Francis is calling on Christian and Muslim factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons and instead arm themselves with peace and forgiveness.
The pope spoke from the altar of the capital's cathedral, flanked by machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers and Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets. The violence-wracked nation is the last stop on the pope's African tour.
The pope's visit offers a rare moment of jubilation in Central African Republic, where Muslim rebels overthrew the Christian president in early 2013. That ushered in a brutal reign that led to a swift and horrific backlash against Muslim civilians when the rebel leader left power the following year.
Throughout the early months of 2014, mobs attacked Muslims in the streets, even decapitating and dismembering them and setting their corpses ablaze. Tens of thousands of Muslim civilians fled for their lives to neighboring Chad and Cameroon.
Overall, 1 million people in a country of 4.8 million have been forced from their homes.
POLICE OFFICER KILLED-PA
Suspect charged in killing of police officer
NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a western Pennsylvania police officer who responded to a domestic dispute has been charged with homicide.
Online court records show Ray Shetler Jr. was charged Sunday with one count of criminal homicide. He was awaiting arraignment Sunday afternoon.
Police say Shetler shot St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed after officers were called to the domestic situation in New Florence on Saturday night. Reed was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The 31-year-old suspect was captured early Sunday after a six-hour manhunt. He was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all state buildings in the slain officer's honor. Reed had been an officer for more than 20 years.
Police won't release motive in clinic shooting
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs police say they will not disclose why a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three people.
Police say in a statement Sunday that they are sealing the warrants related to the case against 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. They say they are not providing information on the weapon used in Friday's shooting, a timeline of events or a motive of the suspect.
That will continue to stoke speculation about what led to the shooting that killed a police officer and two other people. Dear is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Victim of Colorado clinic shooting was Iraq vet
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A friend says one of the three people who died in a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was an Iraq War veteran who had recently left the military.
Amburh Butler, who spoke on behalf of 29-year-old Ke'Arre Stewart's family, says he was accompanying someone at the clinic when he was killed. She says he leaves behind two young daughters in Texas, where he grew up.
Butler says the Army stationed Ke'Arre at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs in 2013. She says he was discharged from the military last year.
She says he used to write her letters from Iraq that detailed the horrors of fighting on the front lines. She last spoke to him on Thursday, when he sounded upbeat to be spending Thanksgiving with friends.
OHIO STATE MUSEUM-GUNFIRE
Police: Man shoots, kills himself at Ohio State art museum
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a former Ohio State University employee shot and killed himself in a gallery at the campus' contemporary art museum after vandalizing some artwork.
No one else was injured in the shooting, which was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts. It happened shortly after the museum was scheduled to open for the day with a Picasso-inspired show on display.
The museum is closed until further notice as the investigation continues.
The university did not identify the man. Acting university police chief Craig Stone says the victim last worked for the school in 2009.
Stone says police responded immediately to the call and that there was no ongoing threat to the university community. A university spokesman said artwork damage had not been fully assessed.
Ohio man shot dead after confronting trooper
CELINA, Ohio (AP) — Police say an armed man ordered an Ohio highway patrol trooper out of his car before the trooper shot him to death.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it's unclear why 22-year-old Justin McHenry approached the officer around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Celina (suh-LY'-nuh).
Investigators say the trooper was completing paperwork in his parked cruiser when McHenry parked nearby, approached on foot and ordered the trooper to get out. Investigators say McHenry then pointed a 9mm handgun at the trooper.
Patrol officials say the trooper tried to disarm McHenry before shooting him.
McHenry died later at a hospital. The trooper was uninjured.
KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS
Minneapolis fire chief visits protest encampment
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site.
The protesters have been there for two weeks since a black man, Jamar Clark, was fatally shot by an officer Nov. 15. Some who say they saw the shooting say Clark was handcuffed, which police dispute. The protesters have used portable fire pits to keep warm and have barricaded the street.
The fire chief alerted reporters about his visit, but the Star Tribune reports journalists were blocked from the brief meeting by Black Lives Matter activists.
Afterward, Fruetel said he wanted to make sure the protesters and community are safe. He said they also discussed a snowstorm expected to hit Minneapolis Monday and Tuesday.
Trump drops event with black pastors after some object
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman.
An Ohio pastor who has helped to arrange meetings between Trump and black religious leaders, Darrell Scott, blames a miscommunication. He says Trump's campaign thought the press conference scheduled Monday in New York was for an endorsement when it wasn't.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks says that Trump is still meeting privately with pastors on Monday before departing for a rally in Georgia.
Trump has been courting the support of evangelical black clergy members as he works to broaden his appeal.
Storm lingering in southern Plains; more flooding possible
DALLAS (AP) — A deadly storm that has caused flooding and coated parts of the southern Plains in ice during the Thanksgiving weekend dumped more rain on already swollen rivers in parts of North Texas and Arkansas on Sunday, and made driving dangerous in parts of Oklahoma.
The band of storms that has been moving through parts of the Plains and the Midwest since Thursday has been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including eight in Texas and six in Kansas.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said roads in the Panhandle remained slick after the slow-moving storm dropped ice and freezing rain in the region. Utilities in Oklahoma said the ice storms helped cut power to more than 78,000 as of Sunday morning.
In parts of North Texas and Arkansas, the concern was flooding, with flood watches and warnings in effect through Sunday evening.