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Top Headlines

  • Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:58:07 GMT

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

  • 48 extra days in rape case probation violation

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:46:28 GMT

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case.

  • 11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:44:56 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes.

  • NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:44:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York's mayor on Monday called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police.

  • Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:39:13 GMT

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet.

  • Greek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:34:41 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote.

  • Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:25:49 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:22:00 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.

  • Officials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:59:55 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — After the raid of a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring, 22 people face charges and hundreds of dogs are in shelters, authorities said Monday.

  • Michigan man guilty in Ohio killing 30 years ago

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:53:15 GMT

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan man has pleaded guilty in the killing of a 19-year-old woman in northern Ohio 30 years ago.

  • French power company to pay $772M in bribery case

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking government officials in multiple foreign countries for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.

  • Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:21:41 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.

  • Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:09:41 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.

  • Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:04:34 GMT

    PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.

  • Burundi arrests brother of French police attacker

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:36:52 GMT

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.

  • Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:26:14 GMT

    Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.

  • Police departments on alert after NYC cops killed

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:23:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

  • El Salvador's gangs target women and girls

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:23:01 GMT

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.

  • Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:15:15 GMT

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.

  • South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:01 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.

  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:51:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.