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  • Spurned on Facebook, man accused of setting woman’s house on fire

    FRANKFORT, KY — Social media can lead to new connections but it can also bring unwanted attention. A Kentucky man is facing charges of burglary and arson after allegedly burning down the house of a woman who rejected him on Facebook. “I definitely hate to see this for my sister,” said Samantha Beagle, the victim’s sister. Samantha Beagle and her husband tried to save her sister’s home, but it was too late. “My husband actually pushed the front door open […]

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    CNN / ORC Poll finds racial divide on police, justice system

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — There is a defined racial divide in America between how whites and non-whites view police and the criminal justice system, according to a CNN / ORC poll released Monday. More than half of white Americans – 57% – think none or almost none of the police in their area are prejudiced against blacks. Just one quarter of non-white Americans feel the same way. The survey, which was mostly conducted before the shooting of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu […]

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    You’re saving $550 on gas. Save or spend it?

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Rick Marxsen knows exactly how much gas cost the last time he filled up the tank of his Toyota Tacoma. He paid $2.29 a gallon in Denver, Colorado. Gas is even cheaper in his eastern Nebraska hometown, but he had to go with what was available when he was traveling for work as a member of a Union Pacific railroad construction gang. The U.S. government estimates Americans will save $550 on gas in 2015, and many […]

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    Instagram and others grapple with anti-cop posts

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — On Instagram, #shootthepolice is no longer searchable. On Twitter, a hashtag is still visible that groups posts together inciting violence against cops. Here’s one post from Twitter: An image of a gun with the message, “Speak to cops in a language they understand.” There are also videos of police altercations with civilians. The posts show the challenges social media companies face. Before gunning down two New York cops this weekend, Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted on Instagram: “I’m […]

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    African-Americans, Obama said, are “starting behind” and should be given a “hand up”

    In some of his broadest remarks on racism yet, President Barack Obama said Friday that he believes while there are “some hidden biases that we all carry around,” people are “basically good” and want to fix those problems, if given solutions. “What I don’t think is always captured in our political debates is, the vast majority of people are just trying to do the right thing. And people are basically good and have good intentions,” Obama said during his year-end […]

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    Fox News disappears from Dish Network in another accidental blackout

    NEW YORK — For the third time in a month, Dish Network customers are missing out on popular programming due to a dispute with a channel owner. This time it’s Fox News, one of the most popular cable channels in the United States. The channel disappeared from Dish’s lineup shortly after midnight Eastern time because Dish’s contract to carry Fox News expired before it could be renewed. Early Sunday morning, the two sides traded barbs about the reasons for the […]

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    North Korea denies hacking Sony, issues warning to U.S. ‘citadels’

    North Korea is accusing the U.S. government of being behind the making of the movie “The Interview.” And, in a dispatch on state media, the totalitarian regime warns the United States that U.S. “citadels” will be attacked, dwarfing the attack on Sony that led to the cancellation of the film’s release. While steadfastly denying involvement in the hack, North Korea accused U.S. President Barack Obama of calling for “symmetric counteraction.” “The DPRK has already launched the toughest counteraction. Nothing is […]

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    Australian mother suspected in deaths of 8 children cooperating with police

    (CNN) — As Australia grapples with another shocking tragedy — the deaths of eight children in one home — the mother of seven of them might be able to explain what happened. Police have charged the 37-year-old woman in Friday’s deaths in a suburb of Cairns. She faces eight counts of murder, Queensland Police said in a statement. She remains under police guard at a hospital, where she is recovering from lacerations, authorities said. She appeared before a magistrate in […]

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    Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission

    NEW YORK — NBC great Tom Brokaw is ending the year with good news: His cancer is in remission. “A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news,” he wrote in a letter NBC News said was distributed to staff. “The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there.” Brokaw, 74, said in February he […]

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    Video: The year that was 2014

    The year that was 2014 — a look back at the tragedies, the triumphs and a glimpse ahead into the future.  

  • Ismaaiyl Brinsley

    NYC cop killer had criminal record and angry social media posts, police say

    NEW YORK — The man who shot and killed two New York City police officers as they sat in their patrol car had posted angry messages on social media, ranting against the government and police, New York Police Department’s Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Sunday. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, also posted messages of self-loathing and despair and made reference online to Michael Brown and Eric Garner, African-American men who were killed by police. “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They […]

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    2 NYPD police officers shot ambush-style sitting in a patrol car; suspect dead

    NEW YORK (CNN) — Two New York City police officers were shot and killed ambush-style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and opened fire several times, fatally wounding officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, authorities said at an evening press conference. They were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton told reporters. “They were quite simply, assassinated.” Both […]