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Donna Salvaggio and a woman who gave her name as Reverend Jordan hug at a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. New York police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest during a news conference and their union said the mayor had blood on his hands after Saturday's shooting. ...


A man walks past some fresh graffiti very near the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Michelle Conlin (Reuters) - On December 13, as thousands of protesters mobbed the New York streets, Yuseff Hamm, an NYPD police officer, was monitoring the demonstrations from a mobile command unit near the Brooklyn Bridge. As the protest drew near, Hamm and his fellow officers could hear the chants of the noisy throngs:  “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.”     In his 13 years on the force, Hamm had never encountered demonstrators shouting out anything like that. ...


Paul Ryan speaks at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. ...


1 in custody after abduction reported in Fern RockPhiladelphia police have taken one person into custody after an abduction was reported in the Fern Rock neighborhood


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

Mourners stand at a memorial Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, during a vigil near the spot where two New York Police Department officers, sitting inside a patrol car the previous day, were shot by an armed man, killing them both. The assailant then went into a nearby subway station and committed suicide, police said. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A coroner says autopsies are planned for four people, including two young children, fatally shot in the northern Illinois community of Rockford.

Man struck, killed by train in University CityPolice are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a train in University City.


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — After a burglar stole a suburban New York family's Christmas presents from under the tree, police played Santa.
A man who fatally shot two New York police officers before killing himself told bystanders to "watch what I'm going to do" moments before the attack, according to police

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in Phoenix. A gadfly attorney and a county sheriff from Arizona want to halt President Barack Obama’s immigration program in the first courtroom battle over the initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to persuade a judge nominated by Barack Obama that the immigration system, contrary to what the president says, isn’t really broken. Klayman says the president has violated the Constitution by doing an end run around Congress and that drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.


Winners of Carnegie Hero medals announced Monday:

Fire erupts in Camden halfway houseA fast-moving fire damaged a halfway house in Camden, New Jersey.


AccuWeather: Cloudy and DampMeteorologist Karen Rogers says there's a Winter Weather Advisory for the Poconos.


FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway of the Ferguson, Mo. police station as he is outlined in chalk as a memorial to Michael Brown. Some witnesses said 18-year-old Brown had his hands up in surrender, others said he was making a charge. But there was no dispute he was unarmed and shot dead by a white police officer. In New York City, another unarmed black man, Eric Garner, was killed after a white officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest for unauthorized cigarette sales. After grand juries opted not to indict the officers, protests erupted across the country, punctuated by chants of "Hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.


Lower Merion Twp. 7-Eleven robbedArmed bandits pulled off a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Lower Merion overnight.


AccuWeather: Cloudy and DampMeteorologist Melissa Magee says milder air returns along with the threat of rain.


Fires erupt inside 2 apartment complexes in Claymont; 1 deadFirefighters battled large blazes inside two apartment complexes in Claymont, Delaware on Sunday.


Fires erupt inside 2 apartment complexes in Claymont; 1 deadFirefighters battled large blazes inside two apartment complexes in Claymont, Delaware on Sunday.


Cowboys beat Colts; Eagles eliminated from playoffsThe Cowboys' 42-7 win over the Colts on Sunday made it official: the Eagles have been eliminated from the playoffs.


2 arrested in robbery of woman, 76, in West WhitelandWest Whiteland Township Police Department are searching for two people wanted in connection to a home invasion robbery.


Police departments on alert after NYC cop killingsBig-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media


PHOENIX (AP) — Many young immigrants who are protected from deportation under new Obama administration policies are expected Monday to begin pursuing Arizona driver's licenses.

In this Oct. 30, 2013 photo, Gordon Collins-Faunce, appears in York County Superior Court with his attorney Amy Fairfield in Alfred, Maine. Collins-Faunce, was convicted of killing his 10-week-old son, Ethan Henderson, on May 8, 2012. The child’s death raised questions about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services' handling of the case. (AP Photo/Portland Press Herald, Shawn Patrick Ouellette)BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.


In this Nov. 13, 2014, photo, Jennifer Blaz, 34, poses for a photo in her home in Butte, Mont., holding a photograph of her daughter, Mattisyn Blaz.Matthew Blaz, 33, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of their infant daughter. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.


The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

This image provided by the Baltimore County Police Dept. shows a wanted poster of Ismaaiyl Brinsley. The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Baltimore County Police Dept.)A timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.


RUDOLPH, Wis. (AP) — This seems to be Rudolph's Christmas.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players faces nearly six months in jail after pleading guilty to violating his probation.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013 file photo Bernard Kozen stands near the scene, where a shooting occurred the night before at the Ross Township Municipal Building, in Saylorsburg, Pa. Kozen who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission. The commission founded in 1904 by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie has now honored 9,737 individuals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parks director of a Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.


Today is Monday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2014. There are nine days left in the year.

Horses killed in Hockessin, Del. barn fireFirefighters battled a raging blaze inside a barn in Hockessin, Delaware Sunday night.


Protesters rally in Center City against police brutalityThe ambush of two New York City police officers has been tied to the recent wave of protests against the deaths of black men at the hands of white police. And now Philadelphia Police have weighed in on how they will staff the rallies moving forward in light of tragedy.


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