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A group gathers Tuesday after five people were shot at a Black Lives Matters protest late Monday in Minneapolis.Getty Images

Minneapolis police arrest two in shooting near protest

MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn't seem right. Lingering in the crowd were four people who seemed out of place. They were asked to leave. Moments later, shots rang out about …


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  1. Hate crimes are falling — with one exception


    According to new FBI data there were 1,621 hate crime incidents motivated by bias against black people in 2014. This makes anti-black violence the most common type of hate crime in America — there were more than twice as many hate crimes against blacks in 2014 as there were against Jews (609), whites (593) or gay …

  2. Stingy users fined in drought as the rich soak


    APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — Outside her two-story tract home in this working-class town, Debbie Alberts, a part-time food service worker, has torn out most of the lawn. She has given up daily showers and cut her family's water use nearly in half, to just 178 gallons per person each day.

    A woman bikes in a neighborhood in Apple Valley, Calif., which has been ordered to cut back water usage 28 percent.
  3. Iran seeks revival of caviar industry in post-sanctions era


    GOLDASHT, Iran — On the shores of the Caspian Sea, an ambitious project is under way to produce a pricey delicacy that could boost Iran's economy as sanctions ease: caviar.

    Sturgeons swim in murky sea water at the Ghareh Boron Caviar Fish Farm in the coastal town of Goldasht, Iran.  [Associated Press]
  4. Chicago officer who shot teen amassed 18 civilian complaints


    CHICAGO — The white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial epithets and excessive force, police and court records show.

    Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with first degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014. [Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP]
  5. For Thanksgiving, President Obama pardons turkeys Honest and Abe (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times.

    National Turkey Federation Chairman Jihad Douglas watches at right as President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. This is the 68th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. [Associated Press]