Police were trying to neutralize a gunman hours after shots rang out near a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs on Friday afternoon, police said. The gunfire has left at least four police officers injured and an unknown number of civilians injured. The shooting began at 11:38 a.m. MT near the Planned Parenthood building on Centennial Boulevard; "when officers arrived they did encounter gunfire," police Lt. Catherine Buckley said. Two area hospitals said they received a total of nine patients, NBC News reported. The gunman was surrounded in the lobby of the building hours after the gunfire began, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the situation told NBC News. "We have been affecting rescues," Buckley said.
It was unclear what connection the shooting had to the Planned Parenthood facility. "At this time, our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement," Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said in a statement.
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Hundreds of protesters descended on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, marching up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, began at 11 a.m. Friday. It started at Michigan and Wacker and proceeded to Water Tower Place, where some protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Victoria's Secret and Macy's.
Carrying signs that read "Stop police terror" and chanting "Rahm Emanuel has to go" and "Garry McCarthy must step down," protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the Mag Mile. Guided by police, the protest along the Mag Mile remained peaceful.
"This is what it should be about," one protester told NBC 5. "This is Chicago. This is an international city. We can't afford to let the embarrassments of other places happen here. We have to be the example. Justice in Chicago, I believe that."
A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a Chicago park to a nearby alley where he was "assassinated," authorities said Friday.
Corey Morgan, who was earlier considered a "person of interest" in the case, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police believe he was one of three people involved in the young boy's execution in Chicago earlier this month.
Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured from a park into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the shooting "a crime that shook our city" and said the "targeted and calculated" killing was gang retliation to get back at Tyshawn's father.
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Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.
The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter out of their war-torn homeland.
But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.
“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”
The Secret Service says a man who jumped the White House fence draped in an American flag on Thanksgiving has been charged.
Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says 22-year-old Joseph Caputo of Stamford, Connecticut, scaled the north fence on Thursday afternoon and gained access to the north grounds, but was immediately arrested. Hoback said in an email Friday that Caputo was charged with unlawful entry.
The intrusion prompted a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.
Victoria Pena of Houston, a witness, says the man was standing with other people visiting the White Housecompound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. She says he then lay on the grass awaiting security personnel and guard dogs.
The official White House Christmas Tree - an 18.5-foot Fraser fir - was presented to First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday.
The Marine Band played as the horse-drawn wagon carrying the tree pulled up to the North Portico. Glenn and Jay Bustard of Bustard's Christmas Trees of Pennsylvania, the growers of this year's tree, presented the tree to the first lady.
"It's beautiful. It's going to work," said Obama, who was holding the first family's dogs, Bo and Sunny, on a leash.
Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov.
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At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in North Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the holiday weekend.
Forecasters issued flash-flood watches and warnings from northern Texas up to St. Louis, with up to 4 inches of rain reported in some places as the storm system makes a slow trek to the northeast. Freezing rain and strong winds also caused at least two fatal traffic accidents in western Kansas on Thursday.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
The slaying of a Venezuelan opposition leader at a campaign rally is becoming an international flashpoint a week before critical congressional elections.
The United Nations' human rights office called on Venezuela's government Friday to protect opposition leaders following the shooting death of a politician campaigning against the ruling socialist party ahead of the Dec. 6 elections.
Opposition leader Luis Diaz was shot Wednesday night at a rally in central Guarico state. His party, Democratic Action, is part of an opposition coalition that is mounting the strongest challenge in 16 years to the socialist government amid worsening economic problems in this oil-producing country.
The parents of a 4-year-old Santa Ana, California, girl who received an outpouring of support, including a $10,000 check, after their disabled daughter's wheelchair was stolen this week, have been presented with yet another miracle.
Rosa Perez woke up Friday to find her daughter, Milagros', wheelchair had been returned.
Perez said her husband came home and discovered the wheelchair by a trash can outside their apartment complex. He told her to look outside and she immediately broke down in tears.
Milagros, or "miracle" in Spanish, was born without legs, a heart condition and other ailments.
Her wheelchair was stolen Saturday night from behind a gate that couldn't be locked because it is a common area in the complex in the 400 block of South Flower Street.
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France on Friday honored the 130 lives lost two weeks ago in coordinated terror attacks in Paris and the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" responsible for the massacre, NBC News reported.
Each name and age was read aloud inside the Invalides national monument. French President Francois Hollande noted that most were under the age of 35, killed while enjoying a mild Friday night of music, food, drinks or sports.
"The ordeal has scarred us all, but it will make us stronger," Hollande said. "I have confidence in the generation to come. Generations before have also had their identity forged in the flower of youth. The attack of Nov. 13 will remain in the memory of today's youth as a terrible initiation in the hardness of the world. But also as an invitation to combat it by creating a new commitment," he said.
Throughout Paris, French flags fluttered in windows in uncharacteristic displays of patriotism. The mood remained grim, however, and the locked-down ceremony lacked the defiance of January, when a million people poured took to the streets to honor those killed by Islamic extremist gunmen, according to The Associated Press.
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Armed attackers abducted five Polish seamen from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, Poland's government said Friday.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said the five, including the captain and three officers, were abducted Thursday night from the ship Szafir. A further 11 crew members who barricaded themselves inside the ship were safe and in contact by phone, he said.
The Polish EuroAfrica company, the ship owner, said the ship was "attacked by armed pirates from two boats, some 35 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast."
The five crew members were "most probably abducted by the pirates" who left after having "ransacked the crew's cabins," EuroAfrica said.
Shoppers looking to score some Black Friday deals on the Neiman Marcus website, instead encountered an error message.
"We're currently making improvements to you shopping experience," the message said. "For immediate assistance, simply call 1.888.888.4757."
The luxury brand's homepage has been mostly down since 8 a.m. ET., according to Catchpoint Systems, which monitors retailers' web performance, CNBC reported.
Ginger Reeder, a spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus, said in a statement, "We are working fervently to get the site back up. I don't have an estimated time it will be back up."
According to Catchpoint Systems, Neiman Marcus' outage was the first significant outage of the day.