CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials in Cleveland are urging calm. They're bracing for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy. It turned out Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun. Small groups of protesters turned out in Cleveland yesterday.
CHICAGO (AP) — An arraignment is scheduled this morning for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teenager. Jason Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. A dashcam video was released last month showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times as the teenager, armed with a knife, was veering away from officers. Van Dyke is expected to enter a plea.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas teenager who'd received probation for a drunken wreck that killed four people has reportedly been detained in Mexico. Ethan Couch disappeared with his mother after video surfaced suggesting he may have consumed alcohol, which would violate the terms of his probation. At trial, defense lawyers argued Couch suffered from what they called "affluenza" because he'd been coddled by his wealthy parents.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Areas from north of St. Louis into the South could be ringing in the New Year by wringing out their belongings. A deluge of rain has produced a severe threat of rare and historic flooding along the Mississippi River. Flight cancelations and delays continue today but at a slower pace. The storm has moved into the east where it's causing issues for New York state drivers.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A breakaway Taliban group is claiming responsibility today for a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan that killed at least 22 people and wounded 45. The bomber blew himself up outside a government office in the city of Mardan, about northwest of Peshawar, the provincial capital. The area is near the Afghanistan border and a restive tribal region.