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Russia's first bailout

Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowIt's a clear sign that the ruble is in serious trouble.



'Serious incident' unfolds in Glasgow

GlasgowGLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow, police said.



N. Korea threatens strikes on 'whole U.S. mainland'

A South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema - of its own particular styling.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Pyongyang accuses the U.S. of "recklessly" spreading rumors that it led an attack on Sony.



How President Obama unwinds

The Obama family vacationsPresidents have perhaps the most stressful job in the world. For Barack Obama, recharging his batteries requires a mix of golf, books, Nicorette — but most of all, time with his family.



Police departments on alert after NYC cops killed

New York Police Department officer Jason Muller salutes during the national anthem after participating in a moment of silence for two slain NYPD officers before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in New York. A gunman ambushed NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn Saturday, fatally shooting them as they sat in their patrol car before running into a nearby subway station and killing himself. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Officers are being warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid inflammatory online posts.



No charges against ex-police officer in fatal Milwaukee shooting
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was justified in using force and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after more than 70 demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested. Christopher Manney, who was fired from the Milwaukee police force, was acting in self defense when he shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times during a struggle in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee on April 30, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement. ...
Justice Department official condemns killings of officers as 'heinous'

A woman recites from Bible while standing over makeshift memorial during prayer vigil at the site where two NYPD officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn borough of New YorkWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deputy Attorney General James Cole said on Monday the fatal shootings of two New York police officers on Saturday were "heinous and cowardly acts." The officers were attacked by a man apparently motivated by the deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. "Our sympathies, our prayers are going out to those families," Cole said of the officers. "There's no reason we should have to be dealing with this." (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)



Georgia man killed after firing hail of bullets at police, neighbors
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A man with a high-powered rifle was killed by police near Atlanta early on Monday after a tense four-hour standoff during which he fired at officers and neighbors, a police spokesman said. Police were called to a home in DeKalb County near Decatur on Sunday night after a relative reported that the 20-year-old gunman was suicidal, police spokesman Steven Fore said. When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect began firing shots at them from inside the home, Fore said. ...
Florida police officer dies on duty after getting shot, run over

Handout of Officer Charles KondekBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer died on Sunday after being gunned down and run over with a car by a felon who said he "felt like a caged rat" because he faced likely arrest and more prison time, a law enforcement official said. Officer Charles Kondek, a 45-year-old married father of six, was killed in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a noise complaint around 0700 GMT, the local police department said. Authorities charged Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. ...



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.



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.



Teen gets portrait with rifle into yearbook despite objections from staff

Rebekah Rorick yearbook photoA teenage girl from Broadalbin-Perth High School in upstate New York managed to get her hunting picture into the yearbook even after a school committee objected to its inclusion.



North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen 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)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.



Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned "King of Boxing" while accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, right, and Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez during the 50th convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, Mexico. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, that the 72-year-old boxing great has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Israel Leal, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.



U.S. stands by assertion that North Korea behind Sony attack

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen 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)The United States stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said on Saturday.



2 NYPD officers fatally shot in ambush

Two NYPD officers ambushed in BrooklynThe officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.



Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2011, file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla., speaks with reporters at the Florida Democratic Party State Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. President Barack Obama's surprise decision this week to restore diplomatic relations with the communist nation is the surest sign yet those politics are changing, with some even suggesting it’s a political gambit aimed at cracking the Cuban-American community’s longtime support for the GOP. Nelson said you can see “in the polls, and you can see that just by going to Miami and talking to folks,” how much things have changed. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.



Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

FILE - In this April 15, 1997 file photo, Air Force Lt. Jerome White stands at the door of his missile launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years, repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps, the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.



Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

Cowboys on the Muleshoe Ranch in Borden County work to get some cattle into a truck on Dec. 3, 2014. The ranch and others across the state suffered through the state's driest year ever in 2011, forcing some to sell off many if not all of their animals or sending their cattle to other states to graze. Many ranchers have since worked to diversify their incomes with other enterprises including leasing water and hunting acres for deer, antelope and quail. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)The Muleshoe Ranch's profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state.



N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

A logo is pictured outside Sony Pictures Studios in Culver CityA spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if the U.S. refused to cooperate.



U.S. sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

No Change at Guantanamo Under New Cuba RelationshipU.S. officials say the transfer from the detention center is a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.



Human rights in spotlight after U.S.-Cuba deal

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. To many exiles and their allies, Castro is a dictator who locks up dissenters and snuffs out political discourse. Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, justified by the behavior of its giant enemy to the north and offset by the fact it provides health care and education that most developing countries could only dream of. As often is the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.



Stephen Collins to '7th Heaven' Fans: 'I'm very sorry'
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, embattled actor Stephen Collins admits to sexual misconduct with underage girls and talks about his time starring on the hit show '7th Heaven.'