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 police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest during a news conference and their union said the mayor had blood on his hands after Saturday's shooting. ...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:34:33 -0500
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 chants of the noisy throngs: What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now. In his 13 years on the force, Hamm had never encountered demonstrators shouting out anything like that. ...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:59:58 -0500
Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:07:45 -0500
Popess role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock
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.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:30:02 -0500
Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history
The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:49:14 -0500
U.S. mulls putting N. Korea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:09:35 -0500
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