The Latest: Hollande meets African leaders on climate needs LE BOURGET, France (AP) - The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local: 9:45 a.m. French President Francois Hollande is holding talks with African leaders about what their countries need to cope with and reduce global warming. The meeting Tuesday is part of broader international diplomatic efforts toward a possible long-term accord for all countries to cut man-made carbon emissions. Those emissions produce heat-trapping gases and scientists say are causing glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise and leading to more and more droughts and other extreme weather. Hollande hosted President Barack Obama and 149 other world dignitaries Monday to kick off two weeks of U.N.-led climate talks outside Paris.
U of Chicago threat came amid tension over police shooting CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Chicago may have felt it had no choice but to take the extreme step of closing for an entire day after an online threat against whites on campus that authorities say was motived by the police shooting of a black teenager, security experts said. The city was on tenterhooks after last week's release of video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. Protests that followed, as well as heightened awareness about campus shootings elsewhere and the recent attacks in Paris, may have forced the university's hand, said one expert. It canceled classes and activities Monday but was expected to reopen Tuesday.
Conviction of ex-speaker sends NY politics into turmoil ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has shaken New York politics down to the granite foundations of the state Capitol, provoking fresh calls to overhaul a system that has stubbornly clung to its long history of corruption. A jury on Monday convicted the 71-year-old Manhattan Democrat on charges that he traded favors for $4 million in kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers. A jury found him guilty. The rapid downfall was as shocking to lawmakers as it was troubling to longtime observers of New York politics. "A political earthquake has hit Albany," said Blair Horner, legislative director for the New York Public Interest Group.
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Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels BEIJING (AP) - Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments Tuesday as Beijing grappled with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day. The heavy smog erased the capital's skylines with a monotonous gray and left buildings just a block or two away hardly discernable. Neon signs barely punctured the gloom, and many Beijingers wore masks of various kinds while walking the streets. "It's the worst day so far this year," said Liu Feifie, a 36-year-old mother and Internet company employee. "I feel my throat totally congested with phlegm and it feels very itchy.
From racing to rum, things to know about year-end tax breaks WASHINGTON (AP) - It's December, when Congress typically passes a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before the start of filing season. This year, lawmakers will have to do it again if they want to avoid the wrath of angry taxpayers at holiday time. Congress extends these tax breaks every year or two, usually in the final days, drawing complaints from business leaders tired of the uncertainty. The Senate Finance Committee passed a package of 56 temporary tax breaks in July. The package would extend the tax breaks through the end of 2016, saving taxpayers $95 billion, which would be added to the budget deficit.
The Latest: Clinic attack suspect was accused of sex assault COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest on the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic (all times local): 9 p.m. Police records show that the suspect in the deadly attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in South Carolina in 1992. Fifty-seven-year-old Robert Lewis Dear was arrested in North Charleston, South Carolina, on a charge of criminal sexual conduct after a woman said he put a knife to her neck, forced her into her apartment and sexually assaulted her after hitting her in the mouth. No records show how the case was ultimately handled.
Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting NEW YORK (AP) - Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language. While some left the gathering at Trump's skyscraper in midtown Manhattan with hopes their message had resonated, Trump said afterward he had no plans to change his approach, which he said had taken him to "first position in every single poll." "The beautiful thing about the meeting is that they didn't really ask me to change the tone," Trump said.
Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up "Cyber Monday" deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday pick up. But enough shoppers have been trained to look for "Cyber Monday" specific sales to ensure the holiday will still mean big bucks for retailers. It's too early for sales figures, but Monday is still expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, likely racking up more than $3 billion in sales, according to research firm comScore.
The Latest: Demonstrators rally for justice for Freddie Gray BALTIMORE (AP) - The latest on the trial of a police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury in the back of a transport van (all times local): 8 p.m. Protesters seeking justice for Freddie Gray have marched from the downtown courthouse to the city's Inner Harbor on the day that jury selection began for the first of six officers charged in Gray's death. The first of six trials for officers charged in Gray's arrest, injury and death in April began Monday morning with jury selection in Officer William Porter's trial.
Ravens win as time expires on blocked field goal return CLEVELAND (AP) - Will Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards for a touchdown as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 33-27 win Monday night over the luckless Cleveland Browns, who lost their sixth straight game along with starting quarterback Josh McCown. Cleveland's Travis Coons lined up to kick a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal with 3 seconds to go, but it was deflected by defensive end Brent Urban, who was playing his first NFL game for the injury-riddled Ravens (4-7). Hill scooped it up and rumbled down the left sideline for an improbable win, stunning a Cleveland (2-9) crowd which moments earlier was ready to celebrate.