The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday, where he was told that he could face the death penalty, NBC News reported.
If convicted of first degree murder in the shooting, which left three dead and nine wounded, Robert Lewis Dear would face a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of death, the judge said.
Dear, 57, allegedly held the clinic under siege for five hours before surrendering Friday afternoon.
He said little as he spoke to the judge via closed circuit TV, answering the judge's yes-or-no questions in a raspy voice with his public defender at his side. Dear is due back in court Dec. 9.
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As many as 80 potential jurors filed into a Baltimore courtroom Monday morning as the first trial in the death of Freddie Gray got underway.
Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the mistreatment by police of another young black man.
In the weeks following the unrest, six police officers were indicted in Gray's death. Officer William Porter is the first to go on trial.
Jury selection for Porter's trial began Monday. When asked by Judge Barry Williams, every juror called said they knew about the Freddie Gray case, were aware of the curfew imposed following the protests and knew about the $6.4M settlement between the city and Gray's family.
The United States has independently confirmed Turkey's assertion that the Russian warplane it shot down last week violated Turkish airspace, a State Department official said Monday, NBC News reported.
Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau would not describe how the United States confirmed the Russian craft's flight path. Instead, she said that diplomatic efforts should focus on easing tensions between Russia and Turkey.
Turkish forces shot down the plane on Nov. 24, saying it entered its airspace from Syria, where Russia is conducting airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. One of the plane's pilots was killed, as well as a Russian Marine on the rescue team.
Russia has said it was flying over Syria airspace and was struck unprovoked.
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is undergoing an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure on Monday, according to his U.S. Senate office.
The Vermont Senator is having the procedure done at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
He will resume his Senate duties on Tuesday, his office said.
Sanders is currently running second in most national polls, behind front-runner Hillary Clinton. He spoke at a New Hampshire Democratic Party event on Sunday in Manchester.
The Salvation Army has wasted little time cashing this donation-bucket check.
Salvation Army officials in Minnesota and North Dakota say a couple dropped a $500,000 check into a red kettle Saturday outside a Cub Foods in suburban Minneapolis.
Spokeswoman Annette Bauer says it's the biggest check ever in the Minneapolis area and likely the biggest ever in the two states.
President Barack Obama was met with what appeared to be the U.N.'s version of the Oscars' "wrap-it-up" music Monday after he significantly overran his allotted time to speak at a global climate change summit, NBC News reported.
Obama was one of 147 world leaders given a three-minute slot at the COP21 conference to outline their vision for the future of the planet.
The president of the free world, however, had other ideas.
More than eight and a half minutes into Obama's address — and with no sign he was stopping soon — three beeps sounded across the auditorium, clearly audible to everyone present and watching on TV.
"I've come here personally, as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second-largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our responsibility in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it," Obama told the summit.
The beeps continued every 30 seconds, but the president plowed on.
After 11 minutes, whoever was manning the "beep" button had clearly given up, and no more prompts were heard until Obama ended his epic discourse just shy of 14 minutes.
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A man who allegedly shot at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police was charged Monday with assault with a dangerous weapon and riot, while three others also face riot charges. According to a criminal complaint, Allen Lawrence Scarsella, 23, of Lakeville, shot at protesters during the Nov. 23 attack that left five injured; they did not have life-threatening wounds. Also Monday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked demonstrators to end their encampment outside the police precinct, saying the group's ongoing campfires are making the air harmful to children and older people in the neighborhood with respiratory problems. Protesters have been there since Jamar Clark was fatally shot by police on Nov. 15.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
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A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag has been released from custody and ordered to live with his mother in Connecticut until his case is resolved.
Joseph Caputo 22, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry during a court appearance Monday. Caputo's lawyer, Stephan Seeger, said his client scaled the White House fence Thursday as an act of civil disobedience.
Bail was set at $1.5 million Monday for a Chicago police officer charged with murder after dash-cam video caught him fatally shooting a black Chicago teenager 16 times. A Cook County judge ordered the bail after reviewing video footage of the fatal shooting and showing it to Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney. Prosecutors asked for no bail during the hearing, but Van Dyke's attorney argued that the officer is not a flight risk. The judge said after the ruling that he was not there to determine guilt or innocence. The Monday hearing for Van Dyke comes after days of protests in Chicago over the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
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As questions continue to surround last week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Spring, Colorado, Republican candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday readily shifted focus to what he called "some vicious rhetoric on the left," during a campaign stop in Iowa, NBC News reported.
When asked about the shooter reportedly telling authorities "no more baby parts," Cruz resisted suggestions that recent conservative condemnations of Planned Parenthood — including discredited allegations that the organization profited from fetal tissue donations — contributed to the Colorado shooter's motives for killing three and staging an hours-long standoff with authorities.
The Texas senator seemed to reference unconfirmed reports, including one relating to the shooter's gender and political identification.
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The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was due for his first appearance in court Monday, as speculation continued to mount over what motivated the attack and how authorities would prosecute the suspect.
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is accused of killing a police officer and two civilians who were accompanying separate friends to the clinic.
About 150 world leaders joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday to kick off a two-week climate summit near Paris.
Each leader will speak about what their country is doing to reduce emissions and slow climate change, according to NBC News.
President Barack Obama on Monday called the global talks an "act of defiance" against terrorism, saluting the people of Paris for "insisting this crucial conference go on" just two weeks after attacks that killed 130.
He urged leaders to "rise to this moment" and fight the enemy of cynicism — "the notion we can't do anything" about the warming of the planet."
All members of the G-20 submitted their own plans for addressing global warming. Activists expect the plan that emerges from the Paris summit will address a decrease in fossil fuel emissions.
Efforts to agree on a climate deal have been delayed by a disagreement on whether developing nations share the same burden as industrialized nations that have polluted a lot more. The U.S. and other nations have said hat all countries chip in under the new agreement.
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