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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

Captive audience

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Harpist Terry Tacheny had long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minn. — except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans … 0

Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

Monday, December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a … 0

Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

Monday, December 15, 2014

LONDON — A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death … 0

6 dead, suspect on loose in Philadelphia

Monday, December 15, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn’t know where he … 0

3 dead in Sydney siege

Monday, December 15, 2014

SYDNEY — Amid a barrage of gunfire, police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage siege by an Iranian-born gunman. Police said three people were killed — the gunman and … 0

I’ll Ride With You: Aussies offer support to Muslims

Monday, December 15, 2014

Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit. The Twitter hashtag (hash)IllRideWithYou had … 0

Rare northern white rhino dies at California zoo

Monday, December 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, apparently died … 0

Camille Cosby defends husband as ‘kind, generous’

Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Bill Cosby’s wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man … 0

’Culture’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Merriam-Webster dictionary has declared “culture” the word of the year for 2014. Of the top 10 words in the running for the honor, culture had a 15 percent year-over-year increase in look-ups on the dictionary company’s website and … 0

Cheney leads defense of CIA torture of prisoners

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Senior Bush administration officials Sunday slammed the Senate study on the CIA’s use of brutal interrogation tactics, and defended the techniques as necessary to get information from senior al-Qaida operatives who had stopped talking to interrogators. … 0