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December 2, 2014

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OBAMA-FERGUSON

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama asks federal agencies for concrete recommendations to ensure the U.S. isn’t building a “militarized culture” within police departments, as he promotes the use of body cameras by police in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photos.

FERGUSON

ST. LOUIS — Five NFL players entered the football field with their hands raised. A day later, Americans walked out of work or school showing the same gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters after a grand jury decided not to indict the white officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. By Jim Salter and Jim Suhr. AP Photos.

With: FERGUSON-NEWS GUIDE.

PERU-CLIMATE TALKS

LIMA, Peru — With 2014 on track to become the warmest year on record and time running short, more than 190 nations began talks on a new worldwide deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming from causing irreversible damage. By Karl Ritter and Frank Bajak. AP Photos.

CLIMATE TALKS-CHANGING WORLD

WASHINGTON — As diplomats gather in Peru to try to tackle global warming, a look by the numbers at what’s happened to Earth since 1992, when the world first tried to tackle the issue. It’s not pretty. Carbon dioxide emissions: up 60 percent. Global temperature: up six-tenths of a degree. Sea level: up 3 inches. U.S. extreme weather: up 30 percent. Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica: down 4.9 trillion tons. Future generations may be justifiably angry about this, one scientist says. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP Photos.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is defending President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration even as Republican lawmakers work to find the best way to stop them. Johnson is set to be the first administration official to testify to Congress on the issue since Obama announced plans to shield some 4 million immigrants here illegally from deportation and offer them work permits. By Erica Werner. AP Photos.

With: IMMIGRATON-TEXAS

NASA-ORION TEST FLIGHT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA’s quest to send astronauts out into the solar system begins this week with a two-laps-around-Earth test flight. The new Orion spacecraft is not going to Mars just yet; Thursday’s debut will be unmanned and last just 4½ hours. But it will be the farthest a built-for-humans capsule has flown since the Apollo moon missions, shooting 3,600 miles out into space in order to gain enough momentum to re-enter the atmosphere at a scorching 20,000 mph (32,000 kph). By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. AP Photos.

UNITED NATIONS-POWER AND PARALYSIS

UNITED NATIONS — The Ebola epidemic and the war in Syria have cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations as it tries to operate in a globalized world with a power structure that hasn’t changed since 1945. By Edith M. Lederer. AP Photos.

With: UNITED NATIONS-FIVE PROBLEMS.

SUPREME COURT-FACEBOOK THREATS

WASHINGTON — From the violent lyrics of rap music to the crude comments of teenagers in video-game chat rooms, the Supreme Court struggles over where to draw the line between free speech and illegal threats in the digital age. By Sam Hananel. AP Photos.

SUPREME COURT-PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON — Peggy Young sued United Parcel Service for discriminating against pregnant women. She lost two rounds in lower courts, but the Supreme Court will hear her case Wednesday. AP Photo. AP Video.

COLOMBIA-CAPTURED GENERAL

BOGOTA, Colombia — An army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels nearly derailed two years of peace talks has resigned after coming under pressure for venturing into guerrilla territory dressed as a civilian and without bodyguards. By Joshua Goodman. AP Photos.

2016-JEB BUSH

WASHINGTON— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hints that a decision on his presidential ambitions is coming “in short order” as he condemns President Barack Obama’s recent immigration order for going “way beyond” what other presidents have done — including Bush’s own father. By Steve Peoples.

UNITED STATES-TAIWAN

WASHINGTON — The United States says it will continue to support better ties between Taiwan and mainland China despite the rout suffered by Taiwan’s pro-Beijing ruling party in local elections. By Matthew Pennington.

AFGHANISTAN-CHARITY-ATTACK

LOS ANGELES — The foreign aid group Partnership in Academics and Development said Monday it has closed its Kabul, Afghanistan, office after an attack by Taliban fighters killed the office’s director, his two teenage children and two Afghan citizens. By John Rogers.

MEXICO-POLL

MEXICO CITY — New polls show approval ratings for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto falling to some of the lowest levels in recent memory. By Mark Stevenson.

TEXAS EXECUTION-PANETTI

HOUSTON — Attorneys who contend a condemned Texas inmate set to die this week is too delusional for execution ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his lethal injection and determine whether mentally ill people should be exempt from the death penalty because it is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.

NYC JAILS-MENTAL ILLNESS

NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the most populous U.S. city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex. By Jake Pearson. AP Photos.

OBAMA DAUGHTERS-CONGRESSIONAL AIDE RESIGNS

WASHINGTON — An aide to a Republican congressman resigns after her Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama’s daughters touched off a backlash. By Matthew Daly. AP Photo.

AUSTIN SHOOTING

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man who shot up downtown Austin buildings and tried to the burn the Mexican Consulate before he was gunned down by police harbored extremist right-wing views and appeared to be planning a broader attack against churches and government facilities, law enforcement officials say. By Jim Vertuno.

WEST VIRGINIA SHOOTINGS

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings is discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hours-long manhunt, police say. AP Photos.

EXCHANGE STUDENT SHOT

MISSOULA, Montana — Jury selection begins in the trial of a Montana man charged with fatally shooting a German exchange student who broke into his garage. AP Photo.

PERU-RAVAGED RAINFOREST-PHOTO ESSAY

TAMBOPATA, Peru — A decade of illegal gold mining has transformed large areas of virgin Peruvian rainforest into pocked, denuded, mercury-poisoned wastelands. By Rodrigo Abd and Frank Bajak. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CYBER MONDAY

NEW YORK — Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month. Retailers rolled out discounts and free shipping deals on Cyber Monday, with millions of Americans expected to log on and shop on their work computers, laptops and tablets after the busy holiday shopping weekend. But with retailers extending their online deals into “Cyber Week” and even “Cyber Month,” early reports indicated shopping was less robust online on Monday compared with prior years. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. AP Photos.

APPLE iPOD TRIAL

SAN FRANCISCO — A billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple’s iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court after nearly a decade in legal wrangling. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey. AP Photos.

MERCEDES-UNION

The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its plant in the state of Alabama. By Erik Schelzig. AP Photos.

ECONOMY-MANUFACTURING

WASHINGTON— U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-NY CRITICS AWARDS

NEW YORK — Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood” has been named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle. “Boyhood” also won best director for Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette in the awards announced Monday. The strong support from one of the country’s top critics groups gives “Boyhood” an early boost in Hollywood’s lengthy awards season. The film, which had production stretch out over years to capture the passage of time, is considered an Oscar front-runner. By Film Writer Jake Coyle.

With: FILM-GOTHAM AWARDS.

MUSIC-BONO

NEW YORK — Bono has some top notch understudies: Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin of Coldplay acted as the U2 frontman, who is recovering from a bike accident, at a concert Monday night honoring World AIDS Day. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos. AP Video.

BILL COSBY-TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby steps down as a trustee of his beloved Temple University following renewed accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women over many years. By Maryclaire Dale. AP Photos.

FILM-WILD-CHERYL STRAYED

LOS ANGELES — When she hiked more than 1,000 miles through California and Oregon wilderness, Cheryl Strayed didn’t expect to end up in Hollywood. The author of “Wild,” opening this week as a film starring Reese Witherspoon, hadn’t planned to write about her three-month solo trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. When she finally did years later (at her husband’s urging), she sent the manuscript to Witherspoon’s camp, knowing the actress was looking for complex female characters to bring to the screen through her new production company. Still, Strayed was stunned when the Oscar winner called. AP Photos.

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