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Killings expose rift between NY mayor, police

New York - New York's police commissioner sought Monday to ease a damaging rift between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the largest police force in the United States in the wake of the murder of two officers.

US urges N. Korea to compensate Sony for cyberattack

Washington - The United States urged North Korea on Monday to admit it ordered a cyberattack on the Hollywood studio Sony Pictures and to pay for the damage it had caused.

Turkey-based AFP photographer wins Time laurel

Washington - Time magazine named AFP's Bulent Kilic as its Best Wire Photographer for 2014 on Monday for his powerful images from the Syrian border, Ukraine and his native Turkey.

North Korea faces UN rebuke over rights violations

New York - Already under fire over US accusations of staging a cyberattack, North Korea on Monday is expected to face a torrent of criticism during the first-ever UN Security Council meeting on Pyongyang's dismal rights record.

Sir Elton John marries longtime Canadian partner, David Furnish

Today, nine years to the day after Elton John and David Furnish entered into a civil partnership, they were married in England. The superstar pop artist from the U.K. and the filmmaker from Toronto, Canada are now husband and husband.

Santa impersonator shoots two men at Detroit gas station

Detroit - Maybe St. Nick isn't so jolly after all. A man dressed as Santa was arrested early Sunday and faces charges after allegedly shooting two men outside a gas station in downtown Detroit.

Op-Ed: Dick Cheney's lack of care for innocents is America at its lowest

He is a de facto representative of the U.S, Dick Cheney. No longer in an office but still part of the political landscape. A player, maybe even the player in the GOP. And, as a recent interview shows, he is arrogant, smug and pridefully populist.

U.S. officers shoot Canadian man on border bridge

Washington - U.S. officers shot and wounded a Canadian man as he crossed a border bridge into the United States while waving a handgun, officials said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook donating to LGBT rights campaign in South

Cupertino - LGBT advocates hailed Thursday's announcement that Apple CEO Tim Cook will help fund a major gay rights initiative in three southern states, including his native Alabama.

Tarpon Springs, Florida police officer Charles Kondek shot dead

Tarpon Springs - A day after the nation was shocked by the ambush assassination of two New York City police officers, a former NYPD and current Tarpon Springs, Florida officer was fatally shot while on duty.

Police officer shot and killed in Florida Sunday

Tarpon Springs - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed this morning. The shooting took place at 3 a.m. this morning on Grand Avenue, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Berreda.

Homeless in Detroit set up tent city in the shadow of downtown

Detroit - With Detroit, Michigan looking to the future after shedding a $7.0 billion bankruptcy debt, city officials are now going to need to address the tent city of homeless people that has been set up in the shadow of the downtown area.

Why Amir Khan rejected fight against Kell Brook

British boxing star Amir has rejected the proposed fight against fellow British boxer Kell Brook saying the unbeaten rising star from Sheffield, England, is disrespectful and not yet on his level.

WikiLeaks publishes CIA tips for traveling spies

Washington - WikiLeaks on Sunday released two CIA documents that offered tips to help spies maintain their cover while using false documents as they crossed international borders.

NY cop gunman told bystanders to watch

New York - New York reeled after the murder of two uniformed cops by a man whom investigators say told bystanders to "watch what I'm going to do" just before the killings.

U.S. to send 1,000 paratroopers to Iraq in January

Washington - The U.S. Defense Department has announced that approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will be sent to Iraq in late January 2015.

Obama says Sony hack was not 'an act of war'

Washington - North Korea's alleged hack of Sony Pictures was not an act of war, President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday, as Pyongyang threatened reprisals if targeted with sanctions.

Shortest day in Northern Hemisphere, but mornings will stay dark

London - If you live in the northern hemisphere, today [December 21] is the shortest day of the year, so surely mornings will start getting lighter from this day forward? Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Anti-HIV drug falters

Scientists have reported that compounds that they hoped would "wake up" dormant reservoirs of HIV inside immune system T cells, allowing them to be destroyed by targeted medications, have not been successful.

Cops: Girl charged with killing cousin, lying about kidnapping

Albany - When Tiffany Alstyne,19, claimed that two masked men broke into her trailer on Thursday, then pinned her to a sofa and kidnapped her five-year-old cousin, Kenneth White, it set off an intensive search for the little boy.
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