• In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 photo, referee Greg Knight, center, leans in for a pre-game prayer with other officials before a high school football game in Gentry, Ark. Sports officials across the country are facing increasing scrutiny, with many taking out insurance in case they are attacked by fans or coaches. (AP Photo/Kurt Voigt)

    Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jimmy Woods has been a youth official for nearly 30 years, and he’s lost count of how many football games he has refereed and how many times he’s been yelled at, threatened or insulted.

  • Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells at a Chicago police officer "Shoot me 16 times" as he and others march through Chicago's Loop Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, one day after murder charges were brought against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting

    CHICAGO (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

  • Jury deliberates man’s fate in Facebook photo killing case

    MIAMI (AP) — A jury began deliberating Tuesday whether a South Florida man is guilty of murder or acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his wife eight times during an argument and then posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook.

  • Not guilty plea in Albuquerque policeman’s shooting death

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ex-convict accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer last month has pleaded not guilty to violating federal firearm laws.

  • New Mexico man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Sanostee man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault charges and could be facing a 15-year sentence in a New Mexico federal prison.

  • Police offer update on alleged rape at Husker players’ home

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in Lincoln will provide an update on their investigation of an alleged rape that happened at the home where Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and receiver Jordan Westerkamp live.

  • Activists compile book of campus rape stories

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two activists featured in the campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground” have compiled a book of “intensely personal” stories about sexual assault.

  • People warm themselves as they demonstrate since the Nov. 10 shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, in front of the Minneapolis Police 4th Precinct on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Minneapolis police were searching Tuesday for three white males suspected of shooting at five Black Lives Matter demonstrators, while the family of a black man who was fatally shot by a city police officer called for the dayslong protests outside of the police precinct to end. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

    Minneapolis police arrest 2 men in shooting near protest

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn’t seem right.

  • In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

    Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.

  • Soldiers patrol at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Paris attackers exploited intelligence gaps that remain open

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris attackers exploited intelligence holes from France to Syria, authorities say, taking advantage of mistrust between European governments, France’s overwhelmed security services and the collapse of authority across the war zone contested by the Islamic State group.