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Crowd forms at church for wake of slain NY officer
NEW YORK (AP) -- About 100 friends and relatives of a New York City police officer who was gunned down along with his partner have lined up outside a Queens church a full hour before his wake is set to begin.... 12/26/2014 6:19 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

Bodies of woman, 3 grandkids found in burned home
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) -- The bodies of a woman and her three grandchildren visiting for Christmas were pulled Friday from the burned-out remains of a southwest Ohio home, a state fire marshal's spokesman said.... 12/26/2014 6:36 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

California gears up for migrant driver's licenses
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.... 12/26/2014 6:10 PM

Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) -- Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.... 12/26/2014 6:07 PM