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De Blasio grapples with police shootings

The point-blank shooting of two New York City police officers this weekend is testing whether Mayor Bill de Blasio's brand of unapologetic liberalism can work in a city that's spent decades under mayors who made law and order a top priority.

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NYC mayor meets with families of slain police

Amid criticism that he's fanned tensions between the public and police, New York's mayor met with the families of two slain officers on Monday.

"They are in tremendous pain," Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, "and they are worried deeply."

The mayor...

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No charges for Milwaukee officer in fatal shooting

A district attorney has decided against charges in the case of a police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man more than a dozen times in Milwaukee.

Spokesman says Ali's prognosis good

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Muhammad Ali 'vastly improved' after pneumonia

Famed boxer Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" after being hospitalized over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman Bob Gunnell said.

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Senator's Cuba idea: Unleash Spring Breakers

Sen. Jeff Flake is one of the only Republicans to support President Barack Obama's decision to relax sanctions against Cuba.

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Analyst: North Korea's Internet disrupted

North Korea's Internet is experiencing a major disruption and could be the target of an attack, according to a company that monitors Internet performance.

"After 24hrs of increasing instability, North Korean national Internet has been down hard for mo...

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Dow sets record, making up for December losses

The Dow Jones industrial average set its first record since Dec. 5 on Monday after jumping more than 150 points.

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The top 10 money stories of 2014

It's time to take a look back at the biggest financial news of the year.

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Columbia to review Rolling Stone missteps

Columbia University's graduate school of journalism will review what went wrong in the making of Rolling Stone's now-disputed article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, the magazine said Monday.

"As soon as they are finished, w...

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Van plows into pedestrians at French market

A van plowed into shoppers at an outdoor Christmas market Monday in Nantes, France, injuring at least nine people in addition to the driver, police said.

Four had serious wounds, plus the driver, police said.

The driver stabbed himself twice after th...

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Pakistan airport cleared after red alert

The Benazir Bhutto International Airport was cleared and resumed operations early Tuesday, after a red alert, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority posted on Twitter.

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New York theater to stage 'The Interview'

"The Interview" may not hit the big screen this weekend as planned, but it will be performed on a small stage in New York.

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On this day: December 22

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Christmas tree lights are born, the Lincoln Tunnel opens, Alvin and The Chipmunks hit No. 1, the "Shoe Bomber" tries to take down a transatlantic flight, and "Don't ask, don't tell" is repealed, all on this day.

On this day: December 21

Elvis Presley meets President Richard Nixon

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The Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock, the first crossword puzzle is published, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premieres, Gen. Patton dies, and Elvis visits Nixon at the White House, all on this day.

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