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Fellow officers salute NY cop's flag-draped casket
NEW YORK (AP) -- The wife and two sons of a policeman gunned down along with his partner in a brazen daylight ambush were joined at his wake Friday by hundreds of uniformed officers, including dozens who saluted as his flag-draped casket was carried into the church.... 12/26/2014 8:33 PM

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers
Two New York Police Department officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a Brooklyn subway station and committed suicide.... 12/26/2014 6:26 PM

Democrats optimistic on 2016 presidential chances
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.... 12/26/2014 8:15 AM

Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles
NEW YORK (AP) -- The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.... 12/26/2014 3:43 PM

College sees small, big benefits with loan promise
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000 or get some or all student loans reimbursed.... 12/26/2014 3:10 PM

Leaving Cuba: A father and son risk lives at sea
MIAMI (AP) -- It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba.... 12/26/2014 3:58 PM

Diamond, aka Screech, charged in bar stabbing
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," has been charged with stabbing a man at a Wisconsin bar.... 12/26/2014 8:47 PM

Bodies of woman, 3 grandsons found in burned home
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) -- Three boys who spent the night with their grandmother so she wouldn't be alone on Christmas died with her Friday morning as a fire engulfed her home, authorities said.... 12/26/2014 8:48 PM

People slide down bedsheets to escape motel fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some residents slid down knotted bedsheets or clambered down people standing on one another's shoulders to flee a raging Christmas night fire that injured six people and badly damaged a residential motel near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.... 12/26/2014 5:48 PM

NY man says wife shot him to avoid messy divorce
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) -- A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept at home says his cheating wife did it in an attempt to kill him and avoid a messy divorce.... 12/26/2014 7:08 PM