Good morning, and happy Monday. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. More violence during protests over Brown, Garner decision
Protests over the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner on Staten Island in New York turned violent in California for a second night on Sunday. Some demonstrators in Berkeley threw rocks, while some attempted to set a police car afire. The California Highway Patrol said an "explosive" had also been thrown at officers. There also were reports of vandalism at City Hall. Protests elsewhere in the country, including Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Miami, remained peaceful. Read more in NEWS.
2. Twenty-seven people dead in Typhoon Hagupit
The death toll from Typhoon Hagupit jumped to 27 overnight into Monday. The Red Cross reported many of the dead had drowned in flood waters from the typhoon, which by Monday was downgraded to a tropical storm. But the flood waters kept some of the 1 million people who had evacuated their homes from returning. Read more in NEWS.
3. U.S. finds out after failed raid that South African was to be freed
Pierre Korkie, the South African teacher who was killed by al Qaeda militants along with American Luke Somers during a failed U.S. mission to rescue the two, was to be released from his captors in coming days. The United States ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, said American officials were "unaware of ongoing negotiations that had any resolution." Gift of the Givers, the aid organization Korkie worked with, said they had told Korkie's wife, "Pierre will be home for Christmas." "We certainly did not mean it in the manner it has unfolded," the group said in a statement. Read more in NEWS.
4. Duke and Duchess take Manhattan by storm
Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, arrived in New York City on Sunday night for their jam-packed three-day trip. William is set to meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday, while Kate will tour a New York child development center with the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray. The also plan to visit the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum and check out a Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game. Read more in NEWS.
5. Federal law enforcement banned from profiling
A new policy announced by the Justice Department Wednesday bans federal law enforcement officers from using religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity as the basis for making routine or spontaneous law enforcement decisions. The older rules, in effect since 2003, barred making those stops on the basis of race or ethnicity. The draft changes have been under review for months, and Attorney General Eric Holder was eager to issue them before he steps down. Read more in NEWS.
6. Torture report could spark violence: intel assessement
The release of the so-called Senate "torture report" — due as soon as Tuesday — could "stimulate a violent response," senior intelligence officials tell NBC News. That assessment was delivered to the White House and Congress and prompted alerts in Egypt and other embassies, closed down visa operations and led to beefed-up security. Similar precautions have been taken at military posts around the world.
And now this ...
Smile! No, don't. In South Korea, extension poles that allow people to take selfies more easily with their phones have become illegal. The reason? The government says the Bluetooth signals these devices use can interfere with other electronics. But what do experts say? Find out: