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Popess role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:30

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on Facebook

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:23

In a pair of a heart-wrenching Facebook posts, the son of one of the two NYPD officers killed in Saturday's apparent ambush paid tribute to his slain father.

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:04

Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.

Obama, de Blasio blasted over NYPD cop slayings

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:55

Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and other officials took to Sunday-morning talk shows to condemn Saturday's slayings of two NYPD police officers.

2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 07:17

The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Florida police officer killed; suspect in custody

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 07:03
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday, and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff's office and local media reports. The shooting occurred in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff's office did not immediately identify the slain officer or suspect, and did not give a motive. The Tampa Bay Times newspaper said the victim in the 3 a.m. EST shooting was a Tarpon Springs police officer. ...

What police departments can learn from the LAPD

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 06:25

Los Angeles used to be a hotbed of racial profiling and unrest. Now Chief Charlie Beck thinks his force could be a model for the rest of the nation.

U.S. mulls putting N. Korea on terrorism sponsor list

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 03:58

HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.

U.S. dismisses N. Korea hacking probe offer, seeks China's help

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:50

The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang. Washington blames North Korea for a breach of cyber security at Sony which led to the release of embarrassing emails and prompted executives to halt the release of "The Interview". Pyongyang has repeatedly denied that it was behind last month's crippling attack, which also led to the leaking of scripts, and called Saturday for a joint probe with the US.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 19:44

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 18:01
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania were the latest in a series of U.S. ...

Shooter of 2 NYPD officers identified

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 16:17

The officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Two New York police officers killed in ambush: official

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 16:13

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman who had posted anti-police statements on social media ambushed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then killed himself, police said. The officers were killed without warning in their marked police car as they were on duty in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference flanked by Mayor Bill de Blasio. "They were quite simply assassinated," he said. ...

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 15:40

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 14:33
(Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, a community group member said. The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations across the United States in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. ...

New York City police officers killed, gunman dead: NY Times

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:35
(Reuters) - Two New York City police officers died on Saturday after being shot in their patrol car, and the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, The New York Times reported. The officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster said it appeared that they were struck in the upper body, the newspaper said. The gunman opened fire on the officers from the patrol car's passenger side and fled into a nearby subway station. The man then shot himself in the head, the Times quoted Royster as saying. ...

Police: 1 NYC cop dead in shooting, 2nd critical

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:27

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, striking them both before running into a nearby subway station and apparently committing suicide, police said.

Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:17

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.

Teen gets portrait with rifle into yearbook despite objections from staff

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:19

A teenage girl from Broadalbin-Perth High School in upstate New York managed to get her hunting picture into the yearbook even after a school committee objected to its inclusion.

U.S. stands by assertion that North Korea behind Sony attack

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:22

The United States stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said on Saturday.