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  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index added 2.4 percent to 3,185.12. South Korea's Kospi...

  • Obama offers help to NYPD after 2 officers killed

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama offered full support and federal assistance on Sunday to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers the day before. Obama called New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to offer condolences from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing, the White House said. He also...

  • Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A neighbor of the Baltimore woman who was shot by a man who killed two New York City Police officers says she heard screams coming from the apartment and saw the woman with a gunshot wound. Yevette Seay told The Associated Press on Sunday that she called 911 when her neighbor, 29-year-old Shaneka Thompson, banged on her door...

  • Police: Man killed girlfriend, her 2 kids in Maine

    GARLAND, Maine (AP) — A man was charged Sunday with killing his girlfriend and her two children, whose bodies were found in the mobile home they shared, state police said. Keith Coleman, of Garland, faces three counts of murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Christina Sargent, her 10-year-old son, Duwayne Coke, and her 8-year-old daughter,...

  • Police: Fugitive killed Florida officer

    MIAMI (AP) — A fugitive trying to evade an arrest warrant shot a Tampa-area police officer and then ran him over early Sunday, killing the officer, police said. Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, crashed his car into a pole and another vehicle after running over Tarpon Springs officer Charles Kondek. Parilla was arrested on suspicion of...

  • N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea's massive propaganda machine...

  • South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices. The finance...

  • AP sources: Yates tapped for deputy AG

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move. They said Sally Quillian Yates is Obama's pick for deputy attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, she'll oversee day-to-day operations....

  • France: Driver slams into passersby in rampage

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots around the eastern city of Dijon, injuring several people and raising national concern. The government said the driver's motives were unclear. But the strange incident Sunday evening came a day after an attack on police in another French town that...

  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece,...

  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

    Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men...

  • Interim prime minister named in politically fractious Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named as Haiti's interim prime minister on Sunday following the resignation of her predecessor a week ago amid a stalemate over delayed legislative elections. Duperval Guillaume will hold the post for a maximum of 30 days, as established by the constitution, before a...

  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on...

  • What's being said about killings of 2 NYC officers

    Reaction to the deaths of two New York Police Department officers killed by a gunman who ambushed them in their squad car on a Brooklyn street: ___ "I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The...

  • Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the...

  • Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Farther north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities. In...

  • Timeline of events before and after NY cop deaths

    A timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. ___ 5:48 a.m. - Baltimore County police are dispatched to Brinsley's...

  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and...

  • Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a 4-year-long rocky transition to democracy...

  • Protester takes perch on St. Peter's façade

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur lowered himself onto a narrow ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest against government reforms at one of Roman Catholicism's holiest sites. Marcello di Finizio told The Associated Press by telephone from his...

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