CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The lawyer for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager said on Wednesday his client feared for his life and that footage from a patrol car camera released this week is unreliable because video "distorts images." The lawyer, Daniel Herbert, told CNN that on Oct. 20, 2014 Officer Jason Van Dyke arrived at the scene 18 minutes after a suspect carrying a knife was reported to have threatened businesses and vandalized police cruisers. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times only 30 seconds after he arrived on the street on the southwest side of Chicago. Van Dyke's lawyer said on CNN that the video was not an indicator of his client's guilt.
Pope Francis warned Wednesday that poverty fuels "conflict and terrorism" as he kicked off a landmark first trip to Africa, landing to a rapturous welcome from cheering crowds and traditional dancers. After joyous celebrations in Nairobi where some greeted Francis in traditional feather headdresses, bright clothes, and beads, the 78-year-old pontiff went to Kenya's presidential palace to deliver a more sombre message. "Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration," he said alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter. Anemic consumer spending did little do change expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month as other data on Wednesday showed a surge in business spending plans in October and a drop in new applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Commerce Department said consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent after a similar increase in September.