Violent Protests in California's Bay Area

A massive fire in downtown Los Angeles has shut down parts of two major freeways. The fire is being fought by some 250 firefighters and can be seen from miles away. It's a tall residential building currently under construction.

Also overnight in California.. violent protests for a second straight night in in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area over the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York not to indict police officers. The protest began peacefully at UC Berkeley but grew into a violent protest that spilled into neighboring Oakland. Tear gas were fired at protesters as police were hit with rocks and bottles. Windows were smashed, and a police car was attacked. There was looting and vandalism.

The Duke of Cambridge aka Prince William is at the White House today. He'll meet with President Obama late this morning.. we'll get a tape playout in our hour..

A U.S. raid to free an American hostage being held by terrorists in Yemen has ended in two hostages' deaths. Luke Somers and a South African hostage named Pierre Korkie were killed Saturday by their captors as U.S. special forces swooped in to save them.

A big drama on Capitol Hill as the outgoing head of the Senate Intel Committee Diane Feinstein of California plans to release a massive report on the CIA. The Obama Administration (and many Republicans don't want it released). Catherine Herridge reporting.

Congress likely to pass a spending bill that would fund the government through the new year.. House and Senate negotiators agreed yesterday to a $1.1 trillion spending bill though we don't know many details yet.

A strange joint news conference from Iran and Syria to talk about. The foreign ministers of the two countries are condemning Israel for what they claim are air strikes on Syria including Damascus.

The United States and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan.. 13 years later. NATO lowered its combat flag today.. The mission is transitioning to a support role after the New Year. After Jan 1, the U.S. will have 13,000 troops in Afghanistan down from 140,000 in 2011.

The death toll stands at 21 in a typhoon that hit the Philippines.

There was a 6.6 earthquake off the coast of Panama and Costa Rica.

The Associated Press reports today the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation. The U.S. has reduced carbon emissions by some 475 million tons between 2008 and 2013. The U.S. has also doubled exports of diesel and gasoline in that time.

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