Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting told he faces murder charge
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told he faces charges including first-degree murder during his first court appearance on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, appearing by video link from jail, spoke only to tell the judge he had no questions. There was no discussion of the suspect's motives during the brief hearing, and formal charges will be filed at a court appearance scheduled for Dec. 9.
Chicago officer's bond set at $1.5 million in killing of black teen
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday set a $1.5 million bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a patrol car's dashboard camera video showed him shooting a black teenager 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who appeared in shackles, must post 10 percent of the total amount. The police union president said after the hearing that union members can help Van Dyke's family meet the amount.
U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks
By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would immediately start to collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries such as Syria and Iraq, the White House said.
Police shooting of black teen cited in U of Chicago threat
CHICAGO (AP) ? Federal authorities say an online threat against white males at the University of Chicago that led the school to cancel classes Monday appears to have been motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and sparked protests.
Newspaper: California's top oil regulator resigning
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? California's top oil regulator is resigning after 17 months on the job, a newspaper reports.
Prosecutors charge 4 in shooting of Minneapolis protesters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Four men were charged Monday in last week's shooting of demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police, while the city's mayor separately asked the protesters to end their weekslong encampment at a police precinct.
'Dorm-room chemist' pleads guilty in college drug overdoses
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ? A former Wesleyan University student pleaded guilty Monday to distributing drugs involved in a rash of on-campus overdoses.
Thanksgiving White House fence jumper pleads not guilty
A Connecticut man charged with jumping a White House fence on Thanksgiving while wearing an American flag pleaded not guilty on Monday to a federal misdemeanor charge of illegally entering restricted grounds. The man, 22-year-old Joseph Caputo, has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation after triggering a lockdown at the White House while President Barack Obama was present. Caputo's attorney, Stephen Seeger, on Sunday told NBC News that his client had wanted to send a message about the U.S. educational and legal systems, and that he had realized he would be subject to arrest but that he had not intended to threaten anyone.
Florida investigators: Planned Parenthood didn't sell organs
MIAMI (AP) ? State investigators say there's no evidence that Planned Parenthood in Florida purchased or sold human organs or tissue.
White House fence jumper released from custody
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag was released from custody on Monday, and his attorney said he hoped to resolve the case without going to trial.