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CHICAGO (AP) — The announcement of a major overhaul of the Chicago police Department is expected this afternoon at a news conference by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante. They're expected to announce changes in police training, including a requirement that every officer responding to police calls be equipped with a Taser. The police department has been under scrutiny since a dashcam video showed a white officer shooting a black 17-year-old 16 times.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Flood warnings are in effect in parts of Missouri and Illinois as federal officials monitor 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries. A rare winter flood could inundate hundreds of homes in the two states and water is already pouring over the banks of some streams and rivers. Flooding could reach record levels. At least 18 deaths are blamed on flooding.
MIAMI (AP) — The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Miami remain are shut down this morning following a wrong-way crash the killed five people and injured two others. The Florida Highway Patrol says a woman in a pickup truck was traveling southbound in the express lane. Her truck sideswiped one vehicle and hit another head-on. The woman was killed, as were four adults in a sedan.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say they seized suicide vests armed with bombs that were fortified with ball bearings and metal sticks. They arrested two suspected Islamic State militants who were believed to be planning New Year suicide attacks in central Ankara. The state-run Anadolu Agency says the two men were detained following a raid in a neighborhood of the capital.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Brussels city leaders are expected to decide today if the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks show should proceed or be canceled because of a serious threat of attacks on police, soldiers and celebrated sites in Brussels. Two men arrested in Belgium on suspicion of planning extremist attacks over the year-end holidays are due in court tomorrow. A magistrate will decide whether to hold them for another month.
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