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Killings of 2 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.

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Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier design gets approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden Gate Bridge is closer to having a long-debated, $76 million suicide barrier installed to stop dozens of people each year from jumping to their deaths from the San Francisco icon.

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Man told to pay $1.5M for card fraud

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man’s massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

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‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide.

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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.

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Christie wants cop killer returned

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country “before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government.”

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Rally against police shuts down part of mall

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A mass of demonstrators chanting, “Black lives matter,” converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

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Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday.

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Traffic deaths fell 3% in 2013

DETROIT (AP) — Driving is getting safer.

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Caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

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Obama : Sony ‘made a mistake’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and 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.

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Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

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Firm pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

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Gang accused of robbing freight trains

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

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Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

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