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  • New York mayor will attend funeral of slain police officer

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will attend the funeral on Saturday for one of the two police officers killed over the weekend while they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. "I've been to funerals for police officers, fire officers, sanitation officers," he told…

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  • U.S. support grows for Obama's push to boost ties with Cuba

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American support for lifting the trade embargo on Cuba appears to be growing after President Barack Obama said he plans to restore diplomatic ties with Havana, new Reuters/Ipsos polling shows. Forty-one percent of Americans said the United States should lift the embargo,…

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  • Funeral for one of two slain NYC police officers set for Saturday

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The funeral of one of the two police officers killed over the weekend in New York City while they sat in their patrol car will be held on Saturday, the city's police commissioner said. The funeral of Rafael Ramos will be held at a church in Glendale, New York, Commissioner Bill…

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  • U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him. General Mark Milley,…

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  • Former coach in Ohio rape case sentenced for probation violation

    By Elizabeth Daley STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - A former volunteer football coach who was convicted of lying to authorities in connection with an Ohio high school rape case was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Monday for violating his probation. Matthew Belardine, 27, had served 10 days in jail of…

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  • U.S. judge's rebuke prompts prosecutors to rethink N.Y. man's sentence

    By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A convicted robber and drug dealer who had faced a mandatory minimum 52 years in prison has instead been sentenced to 27 years, after prosecutors took the rare step of following a judge's urgings for a shorter prison term after the trial had ended.…

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  • Georgia man killed after firing 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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  • Former South Carolina sheriff agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A former South Carolina sheriff agreed on Monday to plead guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants, a deal that could land him in prison after a federal judge rejected a similar agreement that would have resulted only in probation. James…

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  • Secret Service needs to beef up IT security: report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service refused to provide data on its computer security systems to the Department of Homeland Security in 2014, preventing it from being able to verify if it was complying with security policies, an inspector general's report said on Monday. The service,…

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  • New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

    By Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend.…

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  • Ex-police officer not charged in Milwaukee shooting death

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was acting in self defense and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after dozens of demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested.…

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  • Court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the displayed images to women seeking abortions constitutes compelled speech that violates the patients' free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 4th…

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  • Florida police officer dies on duty after getting shot, run over

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer died on Sunday after being gunned down and run over with a car by a felon who said he "felt like a caged rat" because he faced likely arrest and more prison time, a law enforcement official said. Officer Charles Kondek, a…

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  • Justice Department official condemns killings of officers as 'heinous'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deputy Attorney General James Cole said on Monday the fatal shootings of two New York police officers on Saturday were "heinous and cowardly acts." The officers were attacked by a man apparently motivated by the deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers in…

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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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  • 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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