By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday set a $1.5 million bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a patrol car's dashboard camera video showed him shooting a black teenager 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who appeared in shackles, must post 10 percent of the total amount. The police union president said after the hearing that union members can help Van Dyke's family meet the amount.
By Denis Dyomkin PARIS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the reason Turkey downed a Russian warplane last week was that it wanted to protect supplies of oil from Islamic State. Putin, speaking at the global climate conference in Paris, added that the decision to shoot down the plane was a "huge mistake" and that he had not met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, despite them both being in Paris. "We have received additional data which confirm that Islamic State oil ... enters the territory of Turkey," Putin said.
Jury selection began on Monday for the trial of the first of six police officers charged in the April death of a black man in police custody that set off rioting in the city and inflamed an already tense U.S. debate on race and justice. Officer William Porter, 26, faces charges including manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office for the death of Freddie Gray, 25. Porter, who is black, is accused of ignoring Gray's requests for medical aid and not putting a seatbelt on him, even though he was shackled and handcuffed.
(Reuters) - Discount retailer Target Corp's website was down due to heavy traffic on Cyber Monday. Shoppers looking for bargains on http://www.target.com/ were greeted with an error message: "So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically & get things going ASAP." "Both traffic and order volumes are exceeding Target's Thursday Black Friday event ... To help manage the volume, we have been metering traffic to the site," Target spokeswoman Jamie Bastian said.
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The gunman accused of killing three people and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was due to appear in court by video link from jail on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was expected to face multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Planned Parenthood says reports he told investigators "no more baby parts" after his arrest showed he had an anti-abortion agenda.
Trump speaks at a rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday. “You know, there’s something definitely going on,“ Trump said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe” on Monday. “You see it whether it’s in Paris or whether it’s the World Trade Center or whether it’s even one minute of silence at a soccer game out of respect for the people that died, and there was no respect by a pretty good group of people in that stadium,” Trump said.
Prosecutors must decide by noon on Monday whether to charge four men held by Minneapolis police in connection with the Nov. 23 wounding of five people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. Minneapolis police, who are working with the FBI, have said they are not seeking any more suspects in the shooting of the protesters, who were demonstrating outside a police station against the fatal shooting on Nov. 15 of Jamar Clark, 24.
By Hilary Russ and Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private money is expected to fund part of a $20 billion rail tunnel project linking New Jersey with Manhattan, according to a senior executive at the national rail network Amtrak. Amtrak's plan to build a new two-track tunnel under the Hudson River and revamp its rail infrastructure in the region got a boost earlier this month when the federal government agreed to foot half of the bill. New Jersey and New York are on the hook for the rest, but financial hurdles both states face suggest they could try to tap the plan's private funding option to meet their commitment or get their bi-state transportation authority to do that.
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood said on Sunday that news reports that the gunman who attacked its Colorado health clinic had uttered "no more baby parts" during his arrest showed the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda. The remark attributed to suspect Robert Lewis Dear was an apparent reference to Planned Parenthood's abortion activities and its role in delivering fetal tissue to medical researchers, a hot-button issue in the 2016 race for the presidency. "We now know the man responsible for the tragic shooting at PP's health center in Colorado was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion," the organization said on Twitter.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said additional cameras will enhance public trust, although their statement did not directly refer to the charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke fired 16 times in killing Laquan McDonald, 17, a video police released last week shows.