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Real estate magnate Donald Trump is standing by his claims that he saw people cheering after the devastating terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

During a phone interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Trump told host Chuck Todd that he saw the cheering on "television" and in "clips" and that "many people saw it in person."

"I've had hundreds of phone calls to the Trump Organization saying, 'We saw it. It was dancing in the streets,' " Trump said.

There is no evidence of Trump's claims.

Trump has mentioned during numerous stump speeches that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" as the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

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LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an "act of defiance" against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.

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Politico's Mike Allen on Monday morning apologized for an email recently surfaced by Gawker in which the reporter promised to provide Chelsea Clinton with the questions ahead of a proposed interview.

Allen, who writes Politico's tip sheet "Playbook," sent an email to Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines in January 2013 offering a "no risk" interview with Chelsea Clinton, according to Gawker. The email read:

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UPDATE: Nov. 30, 2015, 1:28 PM ET

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities say a suspect is in custody related to a threat at the University of Chicago that led to the school canceling all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, says the individual is in federal custody and that charges are pending "in connection with the threat at the University of Chicago."

He provided no additional details.

The university said in a statement Sunday night that an online threat from an unknown person mentioned the quad, a popular gathering place, and 10 a.m. Monday.

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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said the suspected shooter at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was "deranged," but dismissed any connection between anti-abortion rhetoric and the shooting as "left-wing tactics."

“This is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message,” Fiorina said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." "The vast majority of Americans agree: What Planned Parenthood is doing is wrong."

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, killed three people, including a police officer, and injured nine others at a Colorado Springs clinic on Saturday following a five-hour standoff with police.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday dismissed the idea that anti-abortion rhetoric influenced the shooter who opened fire in a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, referencing reports that the suspected shooter is a "transgendered leftist activist."

During a press conference in Iowa, Cruz slammed "vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life" for the shooting, the Texas Tribune reported.

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Donald Trump's campaign canceled a Monday press conference with black religious leaders after numerous of the pastors set to attend the event signaled that they would not endorse the Republican presidential candidate.

The campaign announced last week that Trump would hold a press conference with 100 black evangelical pastors who would endorse him.

But over the weekend, numerous of the leaders set to attend the event made it clear that they would not endorse Trump. Bishop Clarence McClendon, a minister based in Los Angeles, wrote on Facebook that he would not endorse the candidate "because until he learns how to respect people you can't represent me thru my endorsement," according to Politico.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was due for his first appearance in court Monday, as speculation continued to mount over what motivated the attack and how authorities would prosecute the suspect.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is accused of killing a police officer and two civilians who were accompanying separate friends to the clinic. The rampage touched off an hourslong standoff and shootout Friday that also left nine other people in the hospital. Dear's court appearance will be done by video Monday afternoon in Colorado Springs.

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

The decree published on the Kremlin's website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the event and wished it hadn't occurred.

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump slammed Republicans in Congress for not being willing to threaten a government shutdown in recent budget negotiations, Business Insider reported. The real estate mogul said historians would ultimately blame "Barack Hussein Obama" if the government had shutdown in a budget standoff.

"They're horrible poker players. Horrible," Trump said at a rally in Florida Saturday, according to Business Insider. "I like Boehner as a person. He's a nice guy. But ... I heard Boehner before he left say there's no way we're going to close up government."

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