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Rosa Parks joins in a march at the South African Embassy in Washington, Dec. 10, 1984, protesting that country's racial policies. She's famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, sparking the Montgomery boycotts — but her activism spanned her entire life.

No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on bus in Montgomery, Ala. — and changed the course of history.

Her action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which would eventually lead to the end of legally segregated public transportation.

And for many Americans, Parks is the civil rights icon they love to love: the unassuming seamstress who, supposedly, just got tired one day and unwittingly launched the modern civil rights movement.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was killed in Friday's attack.

An Iraq Vet And A Mother Of 2 Were Victims Of Planned Parenthood Shooting

The two civilians killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday were Ke'Arre Stewart, a father of two and Army veteran who served in Iraq, and Jennifer Markovsky, a mother of two who was reportedly at the clinic to support a friend.

In Colorado Springs, Residents Turn To Prayer And Healing After Attacks

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Amid A Violent Religious Rift, Pope Preaches Harmony In CAR

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The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.

NSA Ends Sept. 11-Era Surveillance Program

A controversial government surveillance program has come to an end. As of midnight, the United States National Security Agency has stopped the bulk collection of the metadata from Americans' phone calls.

Pope Makes Final Stop On Africa Trip, In Central African Republic

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A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police near the Place de la République after the cancellation of a planned climate march.

French Police Fire Tear Gas At Climate Protesters In Paris

French police fired tear gas to break up a group of activists defying a ban on mass demonstrations in Paris on Sunday.

The activists were gathered on the eve of a huge United Nations climate conference, which will bring together leaders from across the world.

Following the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, France declared a state of emergency and banned huge rallies that had been planned to coincide with the COP21 climate summit.

Winter Storm Blamed For At Least 7 Deaths As It Moves East

A big winter storm that moved east from Texas through Iowa is being blamed for at least seven deaths.

CNN reports that authorities in Kansas say four people died in car accidents caused by freezing rain and at least three people were killed because of flooding in a Dallas suburb.

CNN adds:

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

What We Know About The Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter

As Colorado Springs held vigils for those killed during a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic, we are learning more about the alleged gunman and his possible motive.

Police say Robert Lewis Dear, 57, killed three people and left nine wounded.

Daughters Reflect On Losing Both Parents To AIDS

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