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  • Obama calls Philadelphia police commissioner after NYC police shootings

    By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Sunday to express his outrage over the recent killings of two New York City Police officers, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. Obama recently named Ramsey co-chair of a…

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  • Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

    By 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…

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  • No charges against ex-police officer in fatal Milwaukee shooting

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man will not be charged in the incident, the district attorney said on Monday, adding the use of force was justified. Christopher Manney, who was fired from the Milwaukee police force, was acting in self…

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  • Georgia man killed after firing hail of bullets at police, neighbors

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A man with a high-powered rifle was killed by police near Atlanta early on Monday after a tense four-hour standoff during which he fired at officers and neighbors, a police spokesman said. Police were called to a home in DeKalb County near Decatur on Sunday…

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  • In wake of police killings, New York officers on edge

    By 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…

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  • Maine man charged with killing girlfriend, two children

    (Reuters) - A 27-year-old man was arrested in Maine on Sunday and charged with killing his girlfriend and her two young children, whose bodies were discovered in their mobile home a day earlier, state police said. Keith Coleman, of Garland, about 28 miles northwest of Bangor, was charged with three…

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  • Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

    By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said. Yates, 54, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for…

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  • Florida police officer killed; suspect charged with murder

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday by a man described as transient, according to law enforcement officials, who gave no motive for the suspect now charged with murder. Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down…

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  • Obama expresses condolences to N.Y. police commissioner after shootings

    By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton on Sunday to express his condolences for the Saturday killing of two New York police officers and to offer any needed assistance, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.…

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  • Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

    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…

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  • President Obama briefed on New York police shooting

    Kailua, Hawaii (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the fatal shootings of two New York police officers, a White House official said on Saturday. Obama was informed of the shootings while playing golf in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is vacationing for two weeks with his family. White…

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  • Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

    (Reuters) - A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago detected a fever in the child, who had been held…

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  • Megabus rollover in Indiana injures at least 28

    (Reuters) - More than two dozen people were injured on Saturday when a commercial passenger bus traveling to Atlanta from Chicago crashed in Indiana, officials said. The double-decker Megabus with some 70 passengers aboard slid off of Interstate 65 in southern Indiana at about 5:30 a.m. EST and…

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  • Obama approves U.S. World War One memorial in Washington

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a national memorial to commemorate World War One in which more than 116,000 Americans died, the memorial's commission said on Saturday. The site will complete the quartet of national memorials in Washington to the four great…

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  • Guy Harvey, marine artist and environmentalist, fishes for growth

    By Letitia Stein ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Guy Harvey stared at a mural of his marine paintings - images that are reproduced on 2 million T-shirts a year - and frowned at a butterfly fish. The Pacific species didn't belong among the Florida wildlife depicted at a beach resort restaurant…

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  • San Francisco prosecutor charges deputy in hospital assault: report

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco District Attorney's office charged a sheriff's deputy on Friday for allegedly attacking a hospital patient and covering it up with a false police report, according to officials and local media. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement on…

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  • Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer this year. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's…

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  • NY police officer suspended after new video shows brutality

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police officer who appears to punch a black youth during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet has been suspended from duty, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows weeks of protests across the…

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