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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting this morning to address the crisis in Chicago's police department. Emanuel is trying to restore the trust and confidence of residents following the release of video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot to death by a police officer who's now charged with first-degree murder. Officer Jason Van Dyke is accused of shooting McDonald 16 times. Emanuel says he welcomes a federal civil rights investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has overwhelmingly passed legislation to tighten the "visa waiver" program. The bill would require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria over the past five years. Right now, citizens from 38 countries don't need visas if they're staying in the U.S. no more than 90 days. Some lawmakers are also looking at the fiance visa program that allowed into the country Tashfeen Malik, the shooter in the recent attacks in San Bernardino, California.
PARIS (AP) — A French legal official says the third person who attacked the Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 13 has been identified as a man from the eastern city of Strasbourg who left for Syria in 2013. The latest information means that all the attackers identified so far were French or Belgian, all native French speakers. In all, 130 people died in the attacks on Paris, with the worst of the carnage at the Bataclan. All three Bataclan attackers were killed, two by detonating suicide vests and one who was shot by police.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of failed attempts, Congress is nearing final passage of a sweeping new education law. The Senate is set to vote today on legislation to rewrite the landmark 2002 No Child Left Behind law. The bill would keep No Child's requirement for statewide reading and math exams. But it would encourage states to set caps on the time students spend on testing and it would diminish the high stakes associated with tests at underperforming schools.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans in Congress say an investigation by the U.S. Interior Department glossed over the federal government's negligence in a massive toxic wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to testify before a House committee this morning. An Environmental Protection Agency cleanup crew triggered the 3-million-gallon spill during cleanup work in August at an inactive gold mine near Silverton, Colorado.
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