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.
Donald Trump met with a group of black pastors for several hours Monday, calling the session an "amazing meeting" that went longer than planned because "we came up with lots of good ideas."
But there was no wide-ranging endorsement from the group, some of whom had said they were surprised when the gathering was advertised as an endorsement event by Trump's Republican presidential campaign, prompting Trump's campaign to keep the meeting private.
"We had a wonderful time in the meeting," said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who helped to organize the meeting. "We made a lot of progress. It's not the last one."
Congress may move quickly to overhaul a program that allows travel to the U.S. with no visa, something that has come under criticism following the Paris terror attacks.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday that he was looking at action before the end of the year. Without legislation "I think the country will be less safe," the California Republican said.
At the same time, the White House announced a series of changes aimed at improving the program, including more terrorism information sharing with other countries.
The so-called visa waiver program lets people from 38 countries visit the U.S. for 90-day stays without obtaining a visa. It has come under scrutiny following the Paris terror attacks since several of the suspected perpetrators were from Belgium and France, which are countries on the list.
Tarrant County Sheriff's Department
The Texas deputy who nearly lost her own life trying to save a woman in raging floodwaters Friday is doing "some serious soul searching" because her effort was unsuccessful, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Monday.
Deputy Krystal Salazar jumped into the water along Deer Creek in far South Fort Worth early Friday to try and save 76-year-old Zenola Jenkins, whose car was being swept away.
Firefighters recovered Jenkins' body on Monday a mile downstream.
Two little girls from Russia have sent a thank you note to NYPD detectives who likely saved their father's life during a Los Angeles street attack.
The NYPD has posted the hand-written note from Nelli and Eva Makrich on its website.
"Thank you so much you saved my dad (sic)," the girls wrote. "Thank you that now I can to be with my father!"
Connecticut State Police
A Connecticut state trooper stepped in to take care of two baby deer after their mother was killed.
When state trooper Ben Pagoni, from Troop A in Southbury, responded to a call, he found the mother deer had been killed, leaving behind two babies.
A Sunnyvale, California, family is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who helps return a $23,000 violin that was stolen earlier this month.
The violin’s owner, Erica Buonanno, says a friend borrowed it for a college audition on the day it was stolen. She said she’s desperate to get it back, not for the money, but its sentimental value.
"I named it Elizabeth," Buonanno said. "It has a name. It’s really a member of this family."
New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security - and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal.
That was one surprising finding when researchers put Stanford University students in a simulated self-driving car to study how they reacted when their robo-chauffer needed help.
A 32-year old hiker died after falling into a crevasse in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains over the weekend, according to authorities.
Thomas Fountain and his wife, Alison, 29, were hiking the mountain, when he fell on Sunday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
More than a dozen rescue climbers and a Coast Guard helicopter were dispatched to find them. The couple was stranded in difficult terrain.
By the time crews found Thomas on Monday morning, he died from injuries sustained from the fall. Alison, who was not injured, was airlifted from the mountain, NBC affiliate KGW reported.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public's help to find the mother of a newborn baby girl who was found buried alive underneath a pile of debris and asphalt in Compton.
Detectives believe she was abandoned sometime Thanksgiving morning and spent several hours alone and cold before being rescued by a sheriff’s deputy who couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
"I know what I was hearing, a faint baby cry as I’m digging in the hole," said Deputy Adam Collette. "I still didn’t believe it."
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Relatives of the missing wife of millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst have filed a $100 million lawsuit against him in her presumed death, the second legal action taken against Durst by the family of Kathleen McCormack Durst in recent weeks.
Kathleen Durst vanished in 1982 and was pronounced dead in 1988, although her body was never found.
Her 101-year-old mother and three sisters filed a lawsuit on Monday in state Supreme Court in Mineola, New York. It blames Durst for preventing the family from providing her with a dignified burial, The New York Times reported.
A 45-year-old Biloxi, Mississippi, man accused in the shooting death of a Waffle House server after she told him not to smoke made his first court appearance and asked about the death penalty.
A Kansas bail bondsman was charged Monday with assaulting his wife and abusing his missing son, and a prosecutor said the case "escalated into a much larger investigation" when police found unidentified human remains in a barn on the man's property.
Michael A. Jones, 44, who works out of Topeka, was ordered held on $10 million bond after making his first court appearance on charges of child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman said police were called Wednesday to Jones' home in rural Kansas City, Kansas, to investigate a domestic disturbance. While there, they were notified that the 7-year-old boy, called A.J., was missing.
A group of students from a small town in New Hampshire have found the state's dumbest law.
Rollie Stapleton's sophomore advisory class at Newport High School chose RSA 207:48 the law that makes it illegal to collect seaweed off the beach after sunset. If you're caught, the violation could carry upwards of a thousand dollars.
"When I first read this, I was like, you're saying I can't pick it up and plop it down on the beach," sophomore Timothy Poitras said. "I was like that's bogus!"
State Representative Max Abramson, who started the competition last spring, said there were more than 30 laws submitted.
The latest release of Hillary Clinton's private emails show her, as secretary of state, dealing with the complicated politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and Palestine.
But they also give a glimpse into the private side of one of the world's most public people. Clinton's notes show her searching for videos on how to do a "fishtail bun" hairstyle and struggling to locate Showtime on her television. (She wanted to watch the CIA-centered drama "Homeland.") She schedules — and reschedules — flights, meals and hairstyling appointments. And as she flies around the globe — logging 956,733 miles over her tenure — she tries to keep track of the time zone.