Police shooting in downtown Atlanta leaves 1 man dead
US victim laments attacks on free speech in BangladeshWASHINGTON (AP) ? An American-Bangladeshi writer who survived a machete attack by Muslim extremists that killed her husband raised alarm Tuesday about rising intimidation and violence against freedom of expression in the South Asian country.
U.S. manufacturing contracts, but rest of economy humming along
U.S. manufacturing contracted in November for the first time in three years as the sector buckled under the weight of a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy firms, but robust automobile sales suggested the economy remained on solid ground. Other data released on Tuesday showed a sturdy increase in construction spending in October, which should help offset the drag from manufacturing on fourth-quarter economic growth. With manufacturing accounting for only 12 percent of the economy, analysts say it is unlikely the persistent weakness will deter the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates this month.
US appeals court reconsiders decision on ex-bin Laden aide
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A federal appeals court is reconsidering the legality of the only remaining conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant and media relations secretary.
CNN erases description of Gray's mother as heroin addictNEW YORK (AP) ? Following protests online, CNN removed a description of Baltimore's Freddie Gray as "the son of an illiterate heroin addict" in a story posted about the first police officer about to go on trial for Gray's death last spring while in police custody.
Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release
CHICAGO (AP) ? Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video's release, the Chicago mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras.
Planned Parenthood shooting renews focus on domestic terror
Al Qaeda Syria wing frees Lebanese in return for jailed Islamists
By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syrian wing freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen on Tuesday in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese 16 months ago during an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal, mounted together with the Islamic State jihadist group which is still believed to be holding nine soldiers captured in the incursion. The exchange was brokered by Qatar and cast new light on the Gulf state's channels to the Nusra Front, a powerful player in the Syrian war that has been designated a terrorist group by the United Nations and United States.
Lebanon says ready to negotiate with Islamic State for soldiersThe Lebanese government is ready to negotiate with Islamic State to secure the release of nine Lebanese soldiers held captive by the jihadist group since August 2014, the head of a Lebanese security agency told Reuters on Tuesday. Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of General Security, said joy at the release of 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front on Tuesday was incomplete because the nine captives remained. "We are ready to start a negotiation process with Daesh over the nine soldiers if we find someone to negotiate with," Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone.
The Latest on Freddie Gray: Jury may be seated WednesdayBALTIMORE (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):