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Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

Donna Salvaggio and a woman who gave her name as Reverend Jordan hug at a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy 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. ...



In wake of police killings, New York officers on edge

A man walks past some fresh graffiti very near the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy 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. ...



Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

Paul Ryan speaks at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting in WashingtonBy 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. ...



Police departments on alert after cop killings

Mourners stand at a memorial Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, during a vigil near the spot where two New York Police Department officers, sitting inside a patrol car the previous day, were shot by an armed man, killing them both. The assailant then went into a nearby subway station and committed suicide, police said. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) ? Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.



Autopsies set for 4 people shot dead in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) ? A coroner says autopsies are planned for four people, including two young children, fatally shot in the northern Illinois community of Rockford.


Man struck, killed by train in University City

Man struck, killed by train in University CityPolice are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a train in University City.



1 in custody after abduction reported in Fern Rock

1 in custody after abduction reported in Fern RockPhiladelphia police have taken one person into custody after an abduction was reported in the Fern Rock neighborhood



NY police donate to save family's stolen Christmas

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) ? After a burglar stole a suburban New York family's Christmas presents from under the tree, police played Santa.


Cop-Killer Told Bystanders 'Watch What I'm Going to Do'

A man who fatally shot two New York police officers before killing himself told bystanders to "watch what I'm going to do" moments before the attack, according to police


Ariz. sheriff aims to halt Obama immigration order

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in Phoenix. A gadfly attorney and a county sheriff from Arizona want to halt President Barack Obama?s immigration program in the first courtroom battle over the initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to persuade a judge nominated by Barack Obama that the immigration system, contrary to what the president says, isn?t really broken. Klayman says the president has violated the Constitution by doing an end run around Congress and that drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.