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CHICAGO (AP) — Most shoppers on an upscale Chicago street haven't been deterred by the latest protest stemming from the police shooting death of a black teen. Protesters today briefly blocked the entrance to a Michigan Avenue Apple Store, chanting, "No justice, no profits." Police on bikes slipped behind the protesters to secure the store's entrance.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the eight people arrested during a protest that briefly tangled holiday travel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport yesterday is still behind bars. The others have been ordered to appear in court later. Protesters blocked traffic and prompted the closing of two security checkpoints. More than 100 people aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement headed to the airport from the Mall of America, where they'd been ordered to leave.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — One visitor to Bethlehem today says, "There's lights, there's carols, but there's an underlying sense of tension." There's been no unrest in Bethlehem on this Christmas Eve, but violence raged elsewhere in the West Bank. Israeli authorities say three Palestinians were killed as they carried out -- or attempted to carry out -- attacks against Israeli security personnel. A Palestinian hospital official says a fourth Palestinian died in clashes with Israeli troops.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say U.S. airstrikes have helped Afghan forces turn back a Taliban offensive in a strategically-important area of southern Afghanistan. The area of Helmand province had been besieged by the insurgents for weeks. And an uptick in the fighting this week sparked concerns that the area could fall to the Taliban. But civilian and military officials say it remains in government hands, after the U.S. conducted two airstrikes overnight.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials say at least three prisoners who were released early because of an error committed crimes when they should have been in prison. They're not saying whether those prisoners have been re-arrested. They also didn't release specific information on the new crimes, saying they were working to confirm the information. Corrections officials say the three are among 27 others who need to be arrested and returned to prison because of an error the agency made on calculating sentences.

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