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President's turkey pardon creates China stir
Chinese news outlets mistook a pardoned turkey named Abe -- named after Abraham Lincoln -- to be instead named after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, provoking a round of gloating in the Chinese media.

Protesters plan to block Chicago shopping on Black Friday
Demonstrators called on activists to stand up and shut down Chicago's shopping district after the release of the graphic video showing the death of a slain teen.

In Denver, duo forms unlikely alliance to counter gang violence
Haroun Cowans and Trey Staples planned a sports tournament for people with gang ties. There was basketball, barbecue – and some unexpected challenges.

Why Black Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, but not calm
Two large Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago and Minneapolis Tuesday night resulted in no violence. But that wasn't the whole story.  

Is Donald Trump really a 'fascist?'
Some in the GOP are beginning to use the term – evocative of the dictatorships of World War II – to describe the billionaire presidential hopeful.

How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith
'I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself,' a young Muslim woman wrote in a Facebook post addressed to Donald Trump. 'I chose the peace sign because it represents my #Islam.'

Human error led to strike on Doctors Without Borders hospital, general says
'We made a terrible mistake that resulted in unnecessary deaths,' Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said of the October attack that killed 30 staff and patients at a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Should Princeton disown Woodrow Wilson?
At Princeton and other colleges, historic symbols are targets of the racial justice movement.

Is there more racism in the US, or are we just more candid about it?
A CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation poll of found that half of Americans see racism as 'a big problem' today, an increase from four years ago. But whether that means there's more racism today is not entirely clear.

Chicago cop charged in fatal shooting has history of misconduct complaints
Officer charged with the fatal shooting of a black teenager had already accumulated 17 complaints, according to a University of Chicago database.

L.A. homeless man arrested with two machine guns
Sheriff's deputies arrested Richard Cunningham over the weekend, charging him with possession of five guns and ammunition, raising a debate about several incidents involving homeless people and weapons.

U.S. commanders suspend troops involved in deadly Afghan hospital strike
The airstrike killed and wounded civilians in a Doctors Without Borders hospital, prompting wide condemnation. U.S. officials say the soldiers and airmen involved violated their rules of engagement.

Surge in child immigrants crossing US-Mexico border (+video)
Almost 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in October, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Baby abandoned at New York City nativity scene. Does this happen often?
Nativity scene baby: Federal records of abandoned babies aren't kept but one non-profit estimates that 3,000 babies have been saved because of laws that encourage parents to abandon children safely.

Recognition of racism growing in US, says poll. What's fueling the shift?
Racism is a 'big problem', say 49 percent of those surveyed in a national poll - a significant rise from four years ago. Why?

Thanksgiving travel: What to expect (+video)
Thanksgiving travelers should see tighter security at airports, bus and train stations, and mostly clear but cold weather east of the Rockies.

How Black Lives Matter operates when spotlight is trained elsewhere
Media descended again on Black Lives Matter in wake of shooting of five protesters in Minneapolis. But the group's staying power may have more to do with how it works even without national attention.

Chicago police shooting video: Questioning the value of transparency
After the release of a video showing a white Chicago officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald, Chicago protesters gather for small demonstrations, avoiding the larger turmoil at protests in Minneapolis, Baltimore and Ferguson.

Paris attacks a wake-up call for US intelligence?
Did the Snowden leaks damage officials' ability to get intelligence? Some are urging a conversation now – not after a Paris-style attack in the US.

From downed Russian jet, hard lessons about destroying Islamic State
France's bid to unite the world against the Islamic State was always going to be difficult. Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet shows why.