Top U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 12

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Visit to watch the full daily independent, global news hour. This is a summary of top news headlines from the U.S. and around the world on Friday, December 12, 2014. Go to the Democracy Now! website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, and to make a donation to support our daily, non-profit news program.

In this video, you’ll learn about these top news headlines.

CIA Director Defends Torture Program, Rejects Senate Claims

Brennan: No Guarantee the CIA Won’t Torture Again

Congress Avoids Shutdown With Controversial Spending Bill Gutting Financial Reform

African-American Congressional Staffers Stage “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Walkout

National Marches Against Police Brutality, Racial Profiling Set for Saturday

Thousands Attend Cabinet Minister’s Funeral as Palestinians, Israelis Differ on Cause of Death

Hong Kong Police Clear Pro-Democracy Encampment After More Than 2 Months

As Rainstorm Pummels West Coast, Kerry Links Extreme Weather to Climate Change

Former Model Joins List of Accusers as Bill Cosby Faces Lawsuits, LAPD Probe

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