Daily Briefing

10 things you need to know today: November 28, 2015

Julie Kliegman
Authorities near the site of the Nov. 27 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs
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Gunman kills 3 in Planned Parenthood clinic shooting

After an hours-long standoff with police, the gunman who killed at least three people near the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Planned Parenthood clinic was in custody Friday night. The suspect, reportedly identified as Robert Lewis Dear, was allegedly armed with a long gun and potential explosive devices, police said. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, died in the shooting, along with two civilians. At least four police officers and five civilians were injured in the attacks, authorities said. The FBI is assisting in the investigation. [The Associated Press, The Washington Post]


Obama on Planned Parenthood shooting: 'Enough is enough'

President Obama condemned Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "This is not normal. We can't let it become normal," he said in a statement Saturday. "If we truly care about this — if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough." [Talking Points Memo]


NSA to end bulk collection of phone records

The National Security Agency will end its program to collect Americans' phone records in bulk Sunday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Friday. The secret Patriot Act program was brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Congress ordered it shut in June. The government has been testing a new system, which reportedly only allows intelligence officials to collect information on people and phones linked to foreign powers and terrorist groups. [Politico, The Washington Post]


France bans nearly 1,000 people in preparation for climate talks

Nearly 1,000 people considered potential security threats have been banned from entering France ahead of the nation's hosting of United Nations talks on climate change. The landmark summit, which starts in Paris on Monday among leaders from 196 countries, comes after a Nov. 13 series of terrorist attacks in the capital killed 130 people. The two weeks of talks are expected to take place under extra-high security. At the summit, negotiators will aim to sign a deal that would slow global warming by cutting man-made emissions. [The Associated Press]


Black religious leaders slam Donald Trump

More than 100 black religious leaders signed an op-ed published on Ebony's website Friday strongly discouraging their colleagues from supporting or endorsing Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The real estate mogul had announced he'll receive endorsements from a group of prominent black ministers Monday. "By siding with a presidential candidate whose rhetoric pathologizes Black people, what message are you sending to the world about the Black lives in and outside of your congregations?" the op-ed read. Some attending the meeting have reportedly disputed Trump's endorsement claim. [Ebony, The Daily Beast]


Pope Francis preaches reconciliation in Uganda

Speaking to a crowd of 10,000 by a shrine to Christian martyrs Saturday, Pope Francis urged Ugandans to reach out "to our families and friends certainly, but also to those whom we do not know, especially those who might be unfriendly, even hostile, to us." The pope made no mention of Uganda's increased discrimination against the LGBT community in his speech outside Kampala, the nation's capital, but generally called for people to "protect one another." [The Guardian]


At least 3 killed in attack on northern Mali U.N. base

At least three people were killed in a mortar attack at a United Nations base in northern Mali on Saturday, a mission spokesman said. Two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor died. Of the 20 people injured, four are reportedly in serious condition. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Kidal attack. "I want to reiterate that these attacks will not impede the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people and the peace process," said Mongi Hamdi, head of MINUSMA, a U.N. mission in Mali. [The Associated Press, Reuters]


Bill Gates to reportedly announce billion-dollar clean energy fund

Bill Gates will reportedly announce a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund Monday at the start of the Paris talks on climate change, sources told The New York Times on Friday. The fund, which would apparently go toward research and development of clean-energy technology, is thought to be backed by the U.S., India, China, and other governments. The Microsoft founder will be in Paris on Monday for the start of the landmark two-week summit. [The New York Times, ClimateWire]


Police to investigate 76ers' Jahlil Okafor for alleged assault

The Boston Police Department said it will investigate Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor for an alleged assault caught on video outside a nightclub early Thursday morning. In a police report filed Friday, the victim said that he got stitches for a cut above his eye after Okafor allegedly pushed him, kicked him, and knocked him down. The NBA and the 76ers have said they are investigating the incident. Okafor played in Friday night's game against the Houston Rockets. [USA Today]


Disney shares drop after ESPN announces subscriber loss

Disney shares dropped 3 percent Friday, two days after the company announced ESPN had lost 3 million subscribers over the past year. Its new total of 92 million subscribers to its sports channel is the lowest since 2006. The drop in Disney's share price to $115.13 marked its biggest one-day plunge since August. [CBS News]