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Chicago police chief out, review launched over black teen's death

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 3:25pm

File photo of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaking on illegal firearms seizure at a news conference in ChicagoChicago's police chief was ousted on Tuesday after days of protest over a white officer's shooting of a black teenager 16 times and the department's refusal to release a video of the killing for more than a year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced during a news conference that he had asked Garry McCarthy, police superintendent since May 2011, to resign. The mayor also said he was creating a new police accountability task force.

US House blocks carbon emission rules, Obama set to veto

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 3:23pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan, pictured December 1, 2015, and his Republican caucus have voted to kill White House regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions even as the world's nations work to reach a climate deal at the COP21 summit in ParisUS House Republicans voted Tuesday to block President Barack Obama's regulations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- a move certain to spark his veto -- as negotiators work on a global climate deal in Paris. The two measures, rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission rules for existing and new power plants, passed the chamber largely along party lines, with all but four Democrats opposed to each. The so-called disapproval resolutions, which already passed the Republican-controlled Senate, dealt a largely symbolic yet harsh rebuke to Obama, who attended the start of a major UN climate summit in the French capital.

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 3:21pm

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, right, speaks about first-degree murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks on at left. Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, that McCarthy has been fired after a public outcry over the handling of the case. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

U.S. bombing wider Islamic State oil supply chain: Obama nominee

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 3:21pm

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has stepped up the bombing of the Islamic State militant group's oil operations including drilling and trucking to go beyond hitting mostly mobile refineries, President Barack Obama's nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for energy said on Tuesday. "What you've seen over the last few weeks is a stepped up approach that is not only more bombings, but a different kind of bombing," Amos Hochstein, currently energy envoy at the department, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. About 43 percent of Islamic State's oil revenue has been affected by U.S.-led strikes over the past month, U.S. General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in testimony to a separate congressional panel.

The Latest: Illinois attorney general asks for federal probe

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 3:15pm

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch greets Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired McCarthy after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer and an online threat against the University of Chicago (all times local):