BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) 11/03 — Against a backdrop of violence by and toward police across the nation, opening statements will get underway Thursday in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

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ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press IRBIL, Iraq (AP) 11/03 — The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group has released a new message urging his followers to keep up the fight for Mosul as they defend the city against a major offensive aimed at routing the militants from their last urban stronghold in Iraq.

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