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Mayor's 1st year: Liberal victories, NYPD crisis
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bill de Blasio, New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation, is winding down his first year in office, which saw success at fulfilling many of his liberal campaign promises but has at times been overshadowed by events beyond his control, most notably the recent killings of two police officers amid a wave of protests against police conduct.... 12/29/2014 6:37 AM

A look at Mayor de Blasio's successes, challenges
Bill de Blasio, New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation, is in the final days of his first year in office. A look back at his successes and challenges from 2014:... 12/29/2014 6:38 AM

South Dakota's Jewish community small, tight-knit
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- The first Jews to settle in what is now South Dakota established themselves in Deadwood during the Gold Rush more than 150 years ago, finding a niche selling hardware, groceries, dry goods and more. By 1920, the state was home to some 1,300 Jews.... 12/29/2014 4:59 AM

Police boss urges more dialogue, less rhetoric
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's police commissioner called for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.... 12/29/2014 7:31 AM

Key developments in police-communities tension
The killings of two unarmed blacks by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries declined to indict the officers.... 12/29/2014 7:01 AM

Ravens back in playoffs, earn AFC wild card
The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs, while the Seattle Seahawks will be playing at home in them.... 12/29/2014 5:01 AM

Surfer survives shark bite off Central California
LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) -- A man surfing on the Central California coast was dragged under water by a juvenile great white shark and bitten in the hip on Sunday before he could paddle to shore, where he received help from two doctors who happened to be on the beach, a witness said Sunday.... 12/29/2014 3:55 AM

Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock headed for divorce
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Rock filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock, a statement from his representative confirmed Sunday.... 12/29/2014 4:16 AM

Grand Ole Opry's Little Jimmy Dickens hospitalized
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.... 12/29/2014 6:04 AM

Authorities investigating after 4 found dead in Texas home
CROWLEY, Texas (AP) -- Officers responding to a report of a suicide attempt found four people dead inside a North Texas home Sunday afternoon, police said.... 12/29/2014 6:05 AM