The Latest: 5 men arrested during Chicago shooting protests

Chicago police scuffle with protesters in Chicago, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. White Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT CHICAGO TRIBUNE; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; THE HERALD-NEWS OUT; DAILY CHRONICLE OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

Lawyer for Chicago police officer says video 'distorts images'

Demonstrators hold signs bearing the name of Laquan McDonald during protests in ChicagoBy 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 warns poverty fuels conflict on landmark Africa trip

Pope Francis (R), followed by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, waves as he arrives at the international airport in Nairobi on November 25, 2015Pope 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.

Osborne's U-turn on tax credits unlikely to hurt UK welfare push

By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne's U-turn decision not to cut state support for low-income workers will provide short-term relief for many households across Britain, but is unlikely to dent his broader attempt to rein in welfare spending. Osborne announced on Wednesday he was dropping his unpopular plan to reduce tax credits for many households, saying a better outlook for the public finances gave him the scope to make more gradual savings. Britain's welfare system for low-paid workers is being revamped and tax credits are due to be largely phased out by 2020 and replaced with a new system called universal credit and more generous minimum wage rates.
U.S. data points to moderate fourth-quarter growth

A customer pushes her shopping cart through the aisles at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los AngelesBy 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.

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