Thursday, November 26
UPDATE: Putin: Russia ready to cooperate
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.
Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting IS targets.
At the same time, he lashed out at the U.S. over the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, saying the U.S. should have prevented its coalition ally Turkey from making such a move.
He said that Russia will hold "serious consultations" with the U.S. over the incident.
Belgian govt lowers alert level for Brussels
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's prime minister says the alert level in Brussels has been lowered a notch because a threat of an attack is no longer considered "imminent." He didn't give any details to explain the move.
The capital now joins the rest Belgium under the second-highest alert level, signifying that an attack is "possible and likely."
Since Saturday morning, Brussels — home to the European Union and NATO headquarters — had been under a warning of a "serious and imminent" threat.
Meanwhile, Belgian authorities have raided three places outside of Brussels that they say are linked to the Paris attacks but have made no arrests.
And Belgium's justice minister says a fugitive sought in connection with the Paris attacks is likely getting support from others. He says it's unlikely that Salah Abdeslam (AHB'-dehs-lahm) could evade a nearly two-week-long international manhunt on his own.
The justice minister, says it's obvious Abdeslam was part of a bigger network.
UPDATE: Tunisia detains 30, identifies bomber after attack
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities have detained 30 people suspected of having extremism links after a suicide bombing targeting presidential guards, and identified the bomber as a local street vendor.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday that forensic police identified the attacker as 27-year-old Houssam ben Hedi ben Miled Abdelli by his DNA. It said he was from a working class neighborhood on the edge of Tunis.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on a bus in central Tunis, which left 12 dead plus the attacker.
In a later statement, the ministry said it detained 30 people suspected of links to extremist groups and seized several weapons in 526 raids around the country over the past 24 hours. It didn't say whether any of the suspects had ties to the attack.
The blast shook Tunisia and its fragile young democracy after two attacks on tourist sites this year by Islamic radicals that killed 60 people.
A disgruntled Tunisian vendor set himself on fire in 2010, sparking a nationwide uprising that overthrew the president and led to revolts across the Arab world.
NEW: Dominican officials say at least 11 dead in bus collision
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican authorities say at least 11 people have died and over 70 have been injured when two buses collided between two eastern resort towns.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the buses were carrying employees of the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort and the Coco Bongo nightclub.
Authority spokesman Diegeo Pesqueira says the collision occurred at dawn Thursday. He said the number of fatalities could increase "because we still have many injured in various hospitals and some are serious."
Authorities are still determining what caused the accident, but Pesquieira says a front tire blew out on one of the buses before the collision.
The World Health Organization said in 2013 that the Dominican Republic had the world's second-worst mortality rate from road accidents, with 41.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
NEW: Mississippi man accused of attacking parents over fast food
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged in Louisiana with killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn't get any for him.
John Fortunato, a sheriff's spokesman in Jefferson Parish, says 32-year-old Ronald Pritchett faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and auto theft.
In Mississippi, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel (REE-guhl) says Pritchett was arrested Thursday at a relative's home near the town of Purvis and has waived extradition to Louisiana.
Fortunato says 58-year-old Percival Pritchett and his wife, 57-year-old Renta Pritchett, were stabbed Wednesday at their home in unincorporated Gretna.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Aleis Tusa says Renta Pritchett was released after treatment.
KILLINGS BY POLICE-CHICAGO
Friday's protest to target main shopping area
CHICAGO (AP) — A march protesting the videotaped slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer is planned Friday in the city's busiest shopping district on the busiest shopping day of the year.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the march will begin at 11 a.m. Friday.
He and others are trying to bring attention to the 2014 incident, in which the black teenager was shot 16 times by a white police officer. Organizers say it was a flawed investigation and authorities tried to keep the videotape from being released.
Jackson and others also say they hope their presence will discourage shoppers from even venturing to the Magnificent Mile as well as bring attention to issues such as police brutality.
There have been several marches in the city since the videotape was released Tuesday. A handful of people have been arrested during those protests.
NEW: Seattle to pay $100,000 for geography student's rough arrest
(Information in the following story is from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle is paying $100,000 to a University of Washington geography student who suffered broken bones in his face when he was arrested in 2012.
David Pontecorvo said he was pulled off his front porch by officers and beaten with fists, batons and a flashlight because he was videotaping as they arrested one of his friends during a party, The Seattle Times reported (http://is.gd/jTbWnH). He underwent surgery in June to repair his damaged sinuses, accordiong to his lawyer.
The police responded to a noise complaint at Pontecorvo's West Seattle home early on Sept. 22, 2012, and the partyers turned down the music. But as officers were leaving, someone turned it back up. The police returned and arrested one of the people in the house.
Pontecorvo, then 19, and another friend began recording the arrest on their cellphones.
EDWIN EDWARDS HOSPITALIZED
NEW: Edwin Edwards spending Thanksgiving in hospital: pneumonia
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is spending Thanksgiving in the hospital.
Edwards' wife, Trina, says in a text message that her 88-year-old husband won't be discharged Thursday from a hospital where he's being treated for pneumonia.
But he won't have to eat hospital turkey. Trina Edwards says her mother is bringing turkey and trimmings for lunch, and his children and grandchildren also have been bringing food.
Trina Edwards confirmed Wednesday that her husband had been admitted. She didn't identify the hospital, but said in a Facebook post that he was already feeling much better.
Edwards, a Democrat, was governor from 1972 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1996.
Parade goes on amid heightened security
NEW YORK (AP) — As marching bands, floats and giant balloons made their way through midtown Manhattan today, helicopters flew overhead and officers stood on top of vans to watch the crowds. Police even stood on top of the marquee at Radio City Music Hall.
City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by the Islamic State group that contained video clips of Times Square. But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers would be stationed along the route of the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.
One spectator, Kim Miller of Boston, called the heavy security "a little scary" but said "at least it's keeping us safe."
Thanksgiving Day shopping provokes strong feelings
UNDATED (AP) — Shoppers no longer have to wait until Black Friday to cruise store aisles for holiday deals.
With online shopping available at any time of the day or night, many major retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Macy's are among the retailers whose brick-and-mortar stores will be open by 6 p.m.
But, the decision to open on the holiday gets mixed reactions from consumers. In its annual consumer survey, the Deloitte (deh-LOYT') financial services firm finds more than half of those surveyed say they disagree with stores being open on Thanksgiving and feel more loyalty to those that remain closed. Deloitte's head of retail, Rod Sides, says half of the respondents said they would hold off on purchases if their preferred store is not open on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
Meanwhile, Maine's attorney general is taking it a step further. Janet Mills is reminding state residents that Maine does not allow stores over 5,000 square feet to be open on holidays. The law has been in place for 52 years.