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CLEVELAND (AP) — About 50 people have been marching peacefully in downtown Cleveland to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice. Some protesters are carrying signs that say "Black Lives Matter" as they chant "Justice for Tamir," the black 12-year-old boy who was holding a pellet gun when he was shot.

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald has pleaded not-guilty. His attorney says Jason Van Dyke is "hanging in there" and wants to tell his side of what happened so he's not seen "as this cold-blooded killer." Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Republican front-runner is reviving memories of her husband's affair with a White House intern and his turbulent interaction with black voters during South Carolina's 2008 primary. Trump's comments come days before the former president is set to campaign in New Hampshire in support of his wife.

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with murder after authorities say he set the mother of his children on fire on Christmas Day. Officials say 51-year-old Clarence Durrell Dear has been charged with dousing the 41-year-old woman with a flammable liquid and setting her ablaze. The woman later died at a hospital.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are seeking to assure revelers that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world. Thousands of New York Police Department officers are expected to turn out, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit. Police Commissioner William Bratton says there are no credible threats ahead of the holiday.

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