Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber to argue for new trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonLawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court on Tuesday to seek a new trial for their client, who was sentenced to death in June for the 2013 bomb attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. The Supreme Court found it overly broad two days after Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection. The defense in August asked that Tsarnaev be re-tried outside Boston, saying the intense publicity surrounding the attack and the trial unfairly influenced the 12 jurors who found their client guilty and sentenced him to death.

Obama: U.S. has power to prevent gun homicides like shooting in Colorado

Accused Planned Parenthood gunman Robert Lewis Dear appears in court with public defender Dan King by video link from jail in Colorado Springs, Colorado in this still image from pool videoPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has power to do more to prevent gun homicides like last week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. "We are rightly determined to prevent terrorist attacks wherever they occur, whether in the United States or with friends and allies like France," he said at a news conference during an international summit on climate change. Obama added that Planned Parenthood, which has come under heavy criticism after a video was released about it selling fetal tissue, has given women access to healthcare for generations.

Chicago to create police task force after officer charged with murder

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to remarks from an attendee at a town hall meeting on the city budget in Chicago(Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a new police accountability task force on Tuesday, his office said, a week after a white Chicago police officer was charged with murdering a black teenager. Emanuel, along with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and State Attorney for Cook County Anita Alvarez, have faced stiff criticism for a 13-month delay in releasing a video of the 2014 shooting and charging the officer. There have been a number of protests in Chicago in recent days.

The Latest: Obama: Even Republicans will uphold climate deal

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State Group. (AP PhotoMichel Euler)LE BOURGET, France (AP) ? The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:

Obama says Russia may finally come around on Assad's future

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State Group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)PARIS (AP) ? President Barack Obama expressed optimism Tuesday that Russia will ultimately come around on the need for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power to end his country's long civil war, but warned the turnaround would not come overnight.

Smithsonian museum initiative explores 'Giving in America'

In this photo provided by National Museum of American History, a display from the ?Giving in America? which showcases the role of philanthropy in shaping American civic culture, including museums, libraries, orchestras, universities and hospitalsin seen in Washington. Artifacts include a plaster bust of Andrew Carnegie, a House of Worth gown worn by Mary Eno Pinchot and a Johns Hopkins nursing student cap. (Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) ? A Smithsonian museum is launching a new initiative exploring the ways giving is woven into American life, whether it's a multimillion dollar school endowment, nights spent battling blazes by a volunteer firefighter or other contributions of time and money.

The Most Random Things the Government Has Spent Money on This Year

Studies on seniors' dating lives; silent Shakespeare plays; Pentagon bird studies -- a look at what Sen. James Lankford calls wasteful government spending.

Great Western Bancorp buying parent of Home Federal Bank

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ? Great Western Bancorp Inc. plans to acquire HF Financial Corp., the parent company of Home Federal Bank.

Man accused of smuggling turtles expected to plead guilty

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? A Canadian man caught with dozens of turtles inside his pants is getting snapped by the U.S. justice system.

Schools focus in Mayor-Elect Kenney's 1st town hall

Schools focus in Mayor-Elect Kenney's 1st town hallPhiladelphia Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney says he wants to know what Philadelphians think of their city and what they're concerned about the city's future.

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