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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Family members of a Minnesota man who was fatally shot by a police officer in a traffic stop in July say they are pleased that the officer has been charged with manslaughter. Valerie Castile is the mother of Philando Castile, a black man who was 32 when he was shot after his car was pulled over in a St. Paul suburb. She says the charge against officer Jeronimo Yanez is the strongest the family could have hoped for under Minnesota law. A prosecutor said today in filing the charge that Yanez wasn't justified in using deadly force.

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — A Chinese delegate at U.N. climate talks in Morocco says he expects the Trump administration to stay committed to the Paris pact on global warming. A U.S. and Chinese partnership on climate change, worked out by President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng), paved the way for the Paris deal to come together. The Chinese delegate says he expects that cooperation to continue under the new administration, even though Trump vowed during the campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal and to withdraw U.S. contributions to U.N. global warming programs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he's not worried about the incoming administration's readiness to take over the White House. He spoke to reporters today after meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As for the reports of infighting within President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, Biden said that "no administration's ready on day one. We weren't really on day one."

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is considering charter school advocate Eva Moskowitz to serve as education secretary. That's according to a senior Trump official. The official says Moskowitz was at Trump Tower today, meeting with the president-elect's team. Moskowitz is a former New York City councilwoman and a Democrat. She's clashed with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the expansion of some of her charter schools.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It's been eight days since the 2016 presidential election -- so is it time for talk about the 2020 race? Not yet, at least for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He's told reporters that he's focusing on his current job, and that he still plans to run for a third term in 2018. He's among several prominent Democrats whose names have appeared on lists of possible presidential contenders.

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