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News at noon: Chicago police probe; Pearl Harbor Day; Failure Factories; Rays trade talk; Turning Point, Grammys

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Monday.  Lynch announced a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department. [Associated Press]

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Monday. Lynch announced a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department. [Associated Press]

The U.S. Justice Department will investigate the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday, a move that comes nearly two weeks after the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times and ahead of the expected release of similar footage in another death at the hands of an officer.

PEARL HARBOR DAY: Seven decades after the USS Oklahoma was sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government is trying to put names to the old salts and teenage sailors who died that Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Inside an old aircraft factory on Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, lie the unidentified remains of hundreds of sailors and Marines.

Failure Factories, Part 4

In the latest installment of our investigation, we examine how often black students are suspended in Pinellas County schools. Black children in Pinellas are suspended at rates seen in virtually no other large school district in Florida. They are regularly kicked out of class for vaguely defined infractions like "defiance," "excessive tardiness" and "electronic device."

St. Petersburg police investigators say Aaron Anthony Davis, 25, was arguing with another resident at the Fountain Court Apartments before the incident turned violent. He was shot multiple times and later died at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The person who shot Davis remains at large.

The Tampa Bay Rays trade talks with the Chicago Cubs are said to be focused on getting INF Javier Baez in return for pitching. Baez, 23, would provide the kind of young impact bat the Rays seek.

In today's Turning Point: After the Bucs' 23-19 comeback victory Sunday against the Falcons, Jamies Winston — the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win six games — had this to say to those who predicted he would be a bust: "Thank you. And God is good." After 12 games, no one is sculpting his bust and enshrining him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the rookie is beating expectations and has been instrumental in turning around a team that went 2-14 a season ago. At 6-6 and just one game behind No. 6 seed Seattle, Tampa Bay is a bonafide playoff contender.

As expected, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar received plenty of love when the 58th Grammy Award nominations were announced – both pulled in a leading seven nominations, and both are up for Album of the Year, alongside the Weekend's Beauty Behind the Madness, Chris Stapleton's Traveller and Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color. Many of the nominees will be coming to Tampa Bay. Find a list here.

BT To Go opened a few weeks ago at the northern end of a little Bayshore Plaza shopping center and it has all of chef BT Nguyen's pizaazz in a grab-and-go spot.

Just as the holiday shopping season hits high gear, retail analysts, mall operators and commercial real estate developers will convene in New York City to sign deals and discuss the industry's latest trends. Justine Griffin is there to report from the annual New York National Deal Making Conference today and Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

PHOTO GALLERY

The latest images from the New Horizons space probe may be the sharpest images humans ever see of Pluto.

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News at noon: Chicago police probe; Pearl Harbor Day; Failure Factories; Rays trade talk; Turning Point, Grammys 12/07/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2015 11:47am]
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