Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Sondheim and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award Tuesday, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators.
Chicago officer charged with murder; city braces for video of shooting

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is seen in an undated picture released by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IllinoisA white Chicago policeman was charged on Tuesday with murdering a black teenager, a prosecution that was speeded up in hopes of staving off a fresh burst of the turmoil over race and police use of deadly force that has shaken the United States for more than a year. Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, was denied bail at a hearing in Chicago's main criminal courthouse hours after top Cook Couny prosecutor Anita Alvarez announced charges of first-degree murder. If convicted, Van Dyke could face 20 years to life in prison.

Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

Journalist Brandon Smith, left, and activist William Calloway talk to reporters Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after a Cook County judge ordered the Chicago Police Department to release a video of an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Nov. 25, in Chicago. The video is said to show the officer shooting McDonald 16 times in October 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, a day before the deadline a judge set for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing that officials fear will spark unrest.

Bayern, Barcelona qualify for Champions League last 16

Bayern Munich's midfielder Douglas Costa celebrates after his goal during a UEFA Champions League football match against Olympiakos on November 24, 2015 at the "Allianz Arena" in Munich, southern GermanyParis (AFP) - Bayern Munich joined Barcelona in sealing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a crushing 4-0 win against Olympiakos in Germany.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes impromptu remarks to members of the media after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — A new spat emerged between the Israeli government and Washington over Jewish settlements on Tuesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year.

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