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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)

Portrait of cops’ killer emerges

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 … 0

States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

CORSICA, S.D. — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural … 0

Of Cuba and Catholicism

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MIAMI — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, December 19, 2014

73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment BERLIN — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn’t expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: nearly 73 pounds of cocaine. Police in the German capital said Thursday that employees at the coffee-roasting business found the bag full … 0

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the … 0

European court rules obesity can be a disability

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LONDON — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff. The … 0

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In Sunday night’s attack on the village … 0

Putin on the fritz

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BERLIN — During his annual news conference from Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that while plummeting oil prices and a free-falling ruble are reasons for concern, the economic crisis will pass, and Russia will be ready … 0

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ATLANTA — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. … 0

Headed to Havana? Not quite yet ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEW YORK — Don’t rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet. While the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation, globe-trotting tourists won’t be able to hop on a plane to Havana … 0

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops … 0

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HAVANA — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military … 0

US, Cuba reach historic accord

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters … 0