New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings
By Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the city's police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers shot dead in an ambush. De Blasio, a Democrat who has come under intense criticism from some police unions for his handling of protests over police killings of unarmed black men, asked the city to stand by families of the officers who were killed Saturday in Brooklyn. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:58:12 -0500
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, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, would determine "appropriate action - which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial," the Army said in a brief statement. Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after five years in captivity. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:42:01 -0500
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. Christopher Manney, who was fired from the Milwaukee police force, shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times during a struggle in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee on April 30, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement. "My decision ... ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:04:31 -0500
North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages
WASHINGTON (AP) North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:58:22 -0500
NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals
NEW YORK (AP) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a pause in protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the execution of two officers.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:53:30 -0500
UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:53:13 -0500
Driver charged after car lands in river, boy dies
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) A woman accused of driving a car into an Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:52:25 -0500
Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground Monday on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal, but which has been a source of anger and protests from citizens in recent weeks.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:48:40 -0500
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