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Police officers leave candles at an impromptu memorial near the site where two New York City police officers were killed in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Police say Ismaaiyl Brinsley ambushed officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their patrol car in broad daylight Saturday, fatally shooting them before killing himself inside a subway station. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Killer of 2 NY police had long criminal history

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The gunman who fatally ambushed two 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. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street and asked …

Australian woman charged with killing 8 children

Sunday, December 21, 2014

CAIRNS, Australia — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths …

Nigeria’s extremists a threat to region

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Farther north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities. In Niger, …

Cafe-goers held hostage in Sydney

Sunday, December 14, 2014

SYDNEY — A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney chocolate shop and cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag …

UN climate talks salvaged by last-minute agreement

Sunday, December 14, 2014

LIMA, Peru — A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact …

CIA torture report revives legal debate

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. In one of several memos forming the legal underpinnings for brutal interrogation techniques, the CIA was told Abu Zubaydah could lawfully …

Friends say they pushed UVA rape victim to call cops

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three friends of an alleged victim of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house say a magazine article wrongly portrayed them as uncaring students who were more concerned about their reputations than her …

Don’t mess with Xmas in Texas this holiday season

Saturday, December 13, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — This is Texas. So you can safely toss the generic holiday greetings out the door. As students head into the final week before “winter break” and plan for their “winter parties” state lawmakers are reminding residents that they are free to use the greeting …

University president gets heat from police for ‘die in’

Friday, December 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday — their demonstration symbolizing the …

Labor board issues rule to speed up union organizing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is …

Poll: Most oppose charges against Ferguson officer

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite massive protests, Americans say by 2-1 that the federal government shouldn’t charge the white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. Voters say by 61 percent to 31 percent that the Justice Department, which is …

Activists seek to sustain protests about policing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? Established civil rights organizations — the National Action Network, the NAACP, …

UN climate talks in Peru seem headed for overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

LIMA, Peru — U.N. global warming talks seemed set to spill over into the weekend as negotiators bickered Friday over the content of climate action plans that countries should unveil in the run-up to a key summit in …