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CHARLESTON (AP) — The family of an unarmed black motorist fatally shot by a white North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer says it's not angry at the mistrial declared today because the officer will be tried again. A jury of 11 whites and one black told the judge they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict. Cellphone video taken by a bystander showed Walter Scott being shot in the back five times.
WASHINGTON (AP) — His resume includes pediatric surgery and running for president. Donald Trump has nominated retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson has never before held elected or appointed government office. He also has no experience managing an organization with a multibillion-dollar budget and thousands of employees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says that some of the economic proposals under discussion by the incoming administration are the same ones that in Biden's words led to "this God-awful recession of eight years ago." A smiling Biden also told reporters at the Senate today that he won't rule out running for president in 2020. Biden is 74.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are urging President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations. They've introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the state's immigrants. Democratic lawmakers also passed resolutions in both chambers urging the incoming administration to uphold a program for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the country illegally, despite intense protests from some Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. Potential extremist groups would be listed in a database of identifying digital "fingerprints." The joint effort is expected to launch early next year. It comes as some lawmakers are proposing legislation over social media content.