Protesters are expected to descend on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, with marchers scheduled to walk 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."
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.
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.
Belgian authorities have charged a man with involvement in "terrorist attacks" as investigations continue into the massacre in Paris two weeks ago.
The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement on Friday that the unidentified man was "charged with terrorist attacks and taking part in the activities of a terrorist group."
The unidentified man was arrested in Brussels on Thursday. The prosecutor's office declined to provide more details.
Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for Yazidis, an ancient religious minority reviled by ISIS and driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.
ISIS has captured thousands of women and children, around 2,500 of whom are still in the militants' hands, Dakhil told NBC News.
The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from captured women and girls begging for help, then she works with Kurdish security forces and an underground network of activists to try and rescue them. The activists are often forced to pay smugglers to help hostages escape.
"Sometimes I hear some things I can't imagine — girls, maybe 15 years old, with two or three ISIS men raping [them]," said Dahkil. "The Yazidi girls those terrorist [are] buying and selling, Yazidi girls sometimes [for] $100, sometimes one cigarette — they sell the girls and nobody does anything."
Her international campaign, which includes efforts to help the nearly half-a-million families living in camps, has put her on the extremists' hit list so she travels with an armed guard.
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Millions of people attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov.
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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.
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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.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.
Stephen M. Howells, 40, and Nicole Vaisey, 26, admitted in May that they sexually exploited children. Authorities say victims were drugged and recorded during sex acts.
The abuse ended after the couple was arrested for kidnapping two young Amish girls at a farm stand in northern New York in August 2014. The girls were released after a day.
"It is overwhelming to imagine the sheer terror inflicted on these young girls, taken from their family and their community, held captive for more than 24 hours, drugged, and subjected to degrading and unspeakable brutalities," read the sentencing memorandum by assistant U.S. attorney Lisa Fletcher.
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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.
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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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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."
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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