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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina jury hasn't been able to decide whether to convict a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man -- so the judge has declared a mistrial. Former patrolman Michael Slager was charged with murder in the shooting of Walter Scott, but jurors were also allowed to consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Cellphone video showing Scott being repeatedly shot in the back from a distance inflamed the national debate about how blacks are treated by police.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has delivered a setback to Bill Cosby. The judge in Pennsylvania says some damaging testimony that Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit can be used at his upcoming criminal sex-assault trial. In the deposition a decade ago, Cosby acknowledged that he had given young women drugs or alcohol before sexual encounters. He had called the encounters consensual, but many of the women said they were drugged and molested. The judge still has to decide if prosecutors can call 13 other accusers.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party is appealing a judge's order that forced an immediate recount in the presidential race. Two counties started by early afternoon and more will follow. The recount is being driven by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has no chance of winning Michigan. She also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in all three states. In Wisconsin, six counties have completed their work and Trump's margin hasn't changed.
NEW YORK (AP) — Al Gore isn't saying what he discussed with Donald Trump today, but he calls it an "extremely interesting conversation." He met in New York with the president-elect, and also with Trump's daughter Ivanka. Transition officials had said Gore and Ivanka Trump would discuss climate change, which is Gore's signature issue. Donald Trump has called man-made climate change a hoax, and has said he would undo a number of regulations aimed at protecting the environment.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow has scored another record high close, led by gains in Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Banks again led the market higher, as did technology and consumer-focused stocks. Small-company stocks rose sharply and continued to outpace the rest of the market, as they have for the past several weeks. Energy companies rose as the price of oil reached its highest level since July 2015. The Dow gained 45 points. The S&P is up 12. The Nasdaq rose 53 points.
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