• Ohio grand jury clears police in fatal shooting of 12-year-old

    A grand jury cleared two Cleveland police officers in the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was brandishing a toy gun in a park, after finding a series of mistakes but no criminal activity, a prosecutor said on Monday. The decision drew calls on social media for protests around the country and a special prosecutor days after another fatal shooting by Chicago police of two black residents increased pressure on that department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Ohio grand jury had heard weeks of testimony on the Rice shooting, which occurred within seconds after police reached a park next to a Cleveland recreation center in response to reports of a suspect with a gun.

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  • Former Gov. Bush, in home-state Florida, pans Clinton, Trump

    HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "has no clue" about leading the country and GOP front-runner Donald Trump is "not serious about being a candidate."

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  • Violent weather in seven states takes deadly toll

    Dozens of people were killed during a week of devastating tornadoes, flooding and storms.

  • Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from IS, sweeps for bombs

    Iraq declared the city of Ramadi liberated from the Islamic State group Monday and raised the national flag over its government complex after clinching a landmark victory against the jihadists. Pockets of jihadists may remain but the army said it no longer faced any resistance and that its main task was to defuse countless bombs and traps. "Ramadi has been liberated and the armed forces of the counter-terrorism service have raised the Iraqi flag above the government complex," Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said on television.

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  • Storms snarl U.S travel, threaten rare winter tornadoes

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Snow, sleet and hail snarled transportation in large parts of the United States on Monday during one of the busiest travel times of the year, after dozens died in U.S. storms that were just some of the wild weather seen worldwide over the Christmas holiday period. More than 40 people were killed by tornadoes and floods during the holiday season in the United States, where rare winter tornado warnings were issued in Alabama on Monday. Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida panhandle were expected to bear the brunt of the of the day's strongest storms, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Michael Leseney.

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  • Chicago mayor cuts short vacation after latest police shooting

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday he would cut his family vacation in Cuba short to address the fatal shooting of two more black residents by a city police department already under federal investigation over its use of deadly force. "While Mayor Emanuel has been in constant contact with his staff and Interim Superintendent (John) Escalante, he is cutting his family trip short so that he can continue the ongoing work of restoring accountability and trust in the Chicago Police Department," said the mayor's spokeswoman, Kelley Quinn. Emanuel is set to arrive back in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, she said.

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  • Christmastime storms, tornadoes kill dozens across U.S.

    At least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area over the weekend by tornadoes, including one packing winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 km per hour). "A tornado of that strength is very rare in a metropolitan area," National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop said in a telephone interview. "It is a very difficult time to be struck by such a horrible storm the day after Christmas." Three other deaths were reported in the Dallas metropolitan area, the United States' fourth most populous with about 7 million residents.

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  • Iraqi army declares first major victory over Islamic State in Ramadi

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's army declared victory over Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first major triumph for the U.S.-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. The capture of Ramadi, capital of mainly Sunni-Muslim Anbar province in the Euphrates River valley west of the capital, deprives Islamic State militants of their biggest prize of 2015. The fighters seized it in May after government troops fled in a defeat which prompted Washington to take a hard look at strategy in its ongoing air war against the militants.

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  • At least 11 die from Texas tornadoes, 13 in Midwest flooding

    The latest of a succession of freakish winter weather events across the country also could include heavy snow and massive flooding.

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