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Chicago charges officer in black teen's death, releases video of shooting

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is seen in an undated picture released by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IllinoisA white Chicago policeman was charged with murdering a black teenager on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a graphic video showing the youth walking away from officers as he is shot 16 times. The footage of last year's shooting, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a police car and made public under orders from a judge, prompted mostly peaceful street demonstrations in Chicago. The clip showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who authorities said was carrying a pocket knife and had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system, as he was gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014.

Obama hails Spielberg's 'boundless imagination'

US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to movie director Steven Spielberg at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2015"Steven's films are marked most importantly by a faith in our common humanity," Obama said as he awarded him the Medal of Freedom. Obama noted Spielberg's work in founding the Shoah Foundation, which records testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Among the 17 awardees at the White House ceremony were singer-director Barbra Streisand and songwriter James Taylor.

Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.
Kabbalah Center follower wins $177,000 in sexual misconduct suit

Actor Ashton Kutcher arrives with Yehuda Berg for GQ magazine's "Gentleman's Ball" in New YorkA woman who brought a sexual misconduct suit against the former co-director of the Kabbalah Center, a spiritual group whose brand of Jewish mysticism has drawn many celebrity devotees, was awarded $177,500 in damages by a jury on Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found Yehuda Berg, 43, known in Hollywood as "a rabbi to the stars," liable for inflicting emotional distress on a former follower, Jena Scaccetti, according to her lawyer, Alain Bonavida. The case marked the latest controversy faced over the years by the Kabbalah Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1965 by Berg's late father, Philip, a rabbi who espoused teachings rooted in metaphysical principles of Jewish belief.

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