13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on Facebook

13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on FacebookIn a pair of a heart-wrenching Facebook posts, the son of one of the two NYPD officers killed in Saturday's apparent ambush paid tribute to his slain father.



Obama, de Blasio blasted over NYPD cop slayings

ADDS BOTH OFFICERS KILLED - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, speaks alongside NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, right, stands beside during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York. An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing both officers before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and other officials took to Sunday-morning talk shows to condemn Saturday's slayings of two NYPD police officers.



What police departments can learn from the LAPD

Rodney King tapeLos Angeles used to be a hotbed of racial profiling and unrest. Now Chief Charlie Beck thinks his force could be a model for the rest of the nation.



Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor
By 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. ...

Florida police officer killed; suspect charged with murder

Handout of Officer Charles KondekBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday by a man described as transient, according to law enforcement officials, who gave no motive for the suspect now charged with murder. Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call for service around 2 a.m. EST, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said. The officer later died of his injuries at a local hospital, the police department said. ...



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. ...



Popess role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez talks to a reporter at Our Lady of Charity Catholic church in Miami. Many Catholics have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.



Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek hold up posters to condemn Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, as they participate in a rally Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 in Lahore, Pakistan. The school massacre on Tuesday horrified Pakistanis across the country. The militants, wearing suicide vests, climbed over the fence into a military-run school, burst into an auditorium filled with students and opened fire. The bloodshed went on for several hours until security forces finally were able to kill the attackers. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.



Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

2 NYPD officers killed in Brooklyn shooting ambushThe warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.



U.S. mulls putting N. Korea on terrorism sponsor list

Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.



Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Ramon Labanino, member of "The Cuban Five," salutes members of the National Assembly as he stands with Antonio Guerrero, center, and Gerardo Hernandez at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The three men flew back to their homeland on Wednesday in a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies, part of a historic agreement to restore relations between Cuba and the U.S. Two members of The Cuban Five, Fernando and Rene Gonzalez, had been previously released by the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.



U.S. dismisses N. Korea hacking probe offer, seeks China's help

The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures, which caused it to cancel the release of the film "The Interview" and wants China to help block cyber attacks from PyongyangThe United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang. Washington blames North Korea for a breach of cyber security at Sony which led to the release of embarrassing emails and prompted executives to halt the release of "The Interview". Pyongyang has repeatedly denied that it was behind last month's crippling attack, which also led to the leaking of scripts, and called Saturday for a joint probe with the US.



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