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New York police commissioner urges calm in police ties with mayor

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at news conference at Woodhull Hospital about the two New York Police officers that were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police commissioner urged an easing of tensions on Monday after some in his force, responding to the fatal shooting of two officers, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of being insufficiently supportive of police. The U.S. Justice Department on Monday condemned Saturday's attack in which a 28-year-old man with a troubled history killed the two officers in their patrol car to avenge the killings by white officers of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. The gunman then killed himself. ...

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 ... ...

Justice Department official condemns killings of officers as 'heinous'

A woman recites from Bible while standing over makeshift memorial during prayer vigil at the site where two NYPD officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn borough of New YorkWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deputy Attorney General James Cole said on Monday the fatal shootings of two New York police officers on Saturday were "heinous and cowardly acts." The officers were attacked by a man apparently motivated by the deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. "Our sympathies, our prayers are going out to those families," Cole said of the officers. "There's no reason we should have to be dealing with this." (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess

File-In this June 20, 2005 photograph, Edgar Ray Killen is photographed in a Philadelphia, Miss., court room during a recess of his murder trial for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers. Killen, was convicted of organizing the infamous 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) ? Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.

Child, 3, hit by bullet fired into Grays Ferry home

Child, 3, hit by bullet fired into Grays Ferry homeA 3-year-old child and a man in his 40s were shot late Monday morning in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

Mayor meets with family of slain NYPD officer

NEW YORK (AP) ? New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the family of Officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot to death in a squad car this weekend with his partner.

Fires erupt inside 2 apartment complexes in Claymont; 1 dead

Fires erupt inside 2 apartment complexes in Claymont; 1 deadFirefighters battled large blazes inside two apartment complexes in Claymont, Delaware on Sunday.

Court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law

By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the displayed images to women seeking abortions constitutes compelled speech that violates the patients' free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision that struck down the 2011 provision, agreeing that doctors could not be forced to disseminate the state's message discouraging abortion. ...

Appeals court nixes NC abortion ultrasound law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen.

12 horses killed in Hockessin, Del. barn fire

12 horses killed in Hockessin, Del. barn fireFirefighters battled a raging blaze inside a barn in Hockessin, Delaware Sunday night.