A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning.
Windows were draped with French flags in an uncharacteristic display of patriotism, but the locked-down courtyard ceremony at the Invalides national monument lacked the defiance of January, when a million people poured through the streets to honor those killed by Islamic extremist gunmen.
Protesters are expected to descend on Michigan Avenue Black Friday, planning to march 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, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. It will begin at Michigan and Wacker and proceed up to Water Tower Place.
The purpose of the Black Friday protest is to bring the attention of the world to Chicago and to call for change via "mass demonstrations" and voter registration, Jackson said.
"It's not enough to focus on what brought us here today, the execution of this young man (Laquan McDonald)," Jackson said. "That takes the scab off a deeper sore, a deeper cancer. So we want mass demonstrations, mass voter registration."
Chicago police say an arrest has been made in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee.
Corey Morgan, who was questioned as a "person of interest" in the case last week, was arrested and in police custody, according to authorities. No charges had been filed as of early Friday morning, but more details were expected to be released later in the morning.
Police believe Tyshawn was lured into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen on Nov. 13. 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.
Police say the fourth-grader was targeted in retribution for the killing of Morgan’s brother, Tracey Morgan, who was gunned down three weeks before Tyshawn was killed. Morgan’s mother was shot in the arm during the attack.
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The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn't over yet.
Early numbers aren't out yet on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving, but it's expected that more than three times the number of people will venture out to shop on the day after the holiday known as Black Friday.
Sabrina Rajkumar, 36, a writer from New York, started shopping with her stepmom at Macy's at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving and was just wrapping up at 5:30 a.m. Friday. She found a $50 bedding set and a dress for her niece marked down to $25 from $74 and Godiva chocolates for $8.
"I'm from New York and I've never done Black Friday before," she said. "We just wanted to experience the madness."
She said she didn't think she'd like it since she usually buys personalized gifts at places like Etsy, but she had fun. A highlight was free samples of espresso from machines on sale.
"It was crazy, not as crazy as I expected, but there were still a lot of folks there up to the wee hours," she said.
Ben Carson will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday, campaign officials said Thursday.
Officials confirmed the trip on Thursday night, after the New York Times first reported that the Republican presidential candidate plans to visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan.
"I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the Times before his departure.
A recent poll shows support for Carson in Iowa has dropped 10 points since October, when he stood in first place.
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A blast of cold air was threatening to whip up a Black Friday ice storm across the center of the country, forecasters said.
Ice-storm warnings and other watches and advisories covered a 900-mile stretch from New Mexico and western Texas to Missouri and the Iowa border. Heavy rain is also expected further east, NBC News reported.
The National Weather Service announced that Dallas-Fort Worth broke its all-time yearly rainfall total at 12:14 a.m. local time (1:14 a.m. ET) on Friday, recording 53.56 inches over 2015. The area was also under a flash-flood warning.
Forecasters said the blast of wintery weather could "wreak havoc on the roadways" as millions of people prepare to be traveling over the holiday weekend.
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An 80-year-old North Texas woman smashed her bedroom window, climbed out and then tried to save her husband after their Fort Worth house filled with smoke on Thanksgiving morning.
“I seen that smoke coming in on me and I had to get out of there,” said the woman, identified by family as Lula Johnson. “I got out through the help of the Lord.”
Johnson and her 79-year-old husband James Johnson, who suffered burns on his face and body, remain hospitalized.
“I’m thankful she is still here and everything,” said Lula Johnson’s daughter, Joyce Smith. “In her right mind and she’s alright."
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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.
A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years. The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro. Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.
Boko Haram militants killed 18 people in an attack on a village in the Niger's southern border area of Diffa on the Nigerian border on Thursday, the country’s government said.
The gunmen arrived in the village of Gogone near the shores of Lake Chad on foot and fired on residents and attacked their homes, security sources said. They also fired rockets in the attack, according to the sources.
Niger has suffered numerous cross-border attacks by Boko Haram, which has a stronghold in northeast Nigeria.
A state of emergency has been declared there in a bid to boost security, according to NBC News.
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Germany will deploy military personnel and hardware in the fight against ISIS militants in Syria, according to Reuters.
The country agreed after a direct appeal from France to do more in the fight against militancy. Germany expects to commit four to six Tornado jets, satellite support, refueling planes and a frigate to help protect a French aircraft carrier.
It’s a shift for Germany, which has resisted direct involvement in the conflict. Germany will not, however, join France, Russia and the U.S. in airstrikes in Syria.
Chancellor Angela Merkel promised the support, which has yet to be approved by parliament.
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Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited U.N. climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen.
But delegates to the two-week talks starting Monday insist they won't let the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital distract them from the task at hand: crafting a landmark deal to fight global warming.
Pope Francis visited a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, calling for adequate and dignified housing for society’s most marginal, The Associated Press reported.
Kangemi is one of 11 slums in Nairobi and has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation.
The pope referred to the problem of urban shanties when speaking to the African U.N. headquarters on Thursday, saying everyone has the right to “dignified living conditions,” and that local residents’ views must be taken into account when new constructions are designed.
Francis is due to arrive in the Central African Republic on the next leg of his trip, where there is ongoing conflicts between Christians and Muslims.
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