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Decision not to charge white officer is questioned...North Korea won't take part...Stocks mostly higher

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The head of the ACLU of Wisconsin says the decision not to charge a former white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of a black man leaves "a cloud of uncertainty" over the circumstances of the death. Officer Christopher Manley was fired after the death of Dontre Hamilton in April. Hamilton's family said he suffered from schizophrenia and had recently stopped taking his medication. A prosecutor today said Manney won't be charged because the shooting was in self-defense.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea is refusing to take part in a U.N. Security Council meeting today, at which the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time. The council is being urged to refer that situation to the International Criminal Court. It's the boldest effort yet to confront the North over an issue that it has openly disdained in the past.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The upcoming murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to ten weeks. Prosecutors offered that assessment today at what is likely to be the final hearing for the former NFL star before the trial begins next month. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes have been mostly higher this morning. But they've been held back by some discouraging numbers of U.S. home sales, and by a deepening slide in oil prices -- which hammered energy stocks. The market is coming off a big advance last week, which gave the Standard & Poor's 500 its second-biggest weekly gain this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments today in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more illegal immigrants enter the country and commit crimes. The judge repeatedly questioned whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) has legal standing to challenge Obama's action.

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