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Twitter Reactions to the Fatal Shootings of 2 NYPD Officers

Police around the country are on high alert and tensions continue to flare after two New York Police Department officers were killed Saturday while sitting in their patrol car. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had posted on social media that he was upset about the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Brinsley, who reportedly shot his former girlfriend near Baltimore before traveling to New York, killed himself before officers could reach him, The New York Times reported. Continue reading

Obama signs New York state disaster declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month. Continue reading

British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

FILE – In this July 20, 2002 file photo, British Rock and Blues legend Joe Cocker performs on stage of the Stravinski hall during the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. Cocker, best known for the songs, “You Are So Beautiful,” and the 1980s duet “Up Where We Belong,” with Jennifer Warnes, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 of lung cancer in Colorado. Continue reading

Renee Fleming to make Broadway debut in ‘Living on Love’

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing — what else? — an opera star Continue reading

U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army said on Monday it sent findings from an investigation into Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan to a U.S Continue reading

Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal. Vice President Omar Halleslevens with Wang Jing, president of the contracting firm HKND Group, say the canal will change the history and the economy of Nicaragua, one Latin America’s the poorest countries. Officials broke ground Monday on ancillary projects in Brito, where the first port will be built Continue reading

Cuba: We’re open to every part of Obama’s detente

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama’s moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country’s head of North American affairs said Monday. In Cuba’s first detailed public response to Obama’s historic announcement last week, Josefina Vidal told The Associated Press that Cuba welcomes “the entire package” offered by Obama. Continue reading

Civil Rights Groups Distance Themselves From NYPD Killings

In the wake of an execution-style shooting of two New York police officers Saturday, civil rights organizations are trying to distance themselves from accusations that the movement against police brutality was a direct call to harm law enforcement officials. Continue reading

Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions

By FELICIA FONSECA and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press 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 Continue reading

Joe Cocker Dies at 70

British singer-songwriter Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends,” has died after a battle with lung cancer. Cocker’s hits include “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong.” Sony Music released an official statement on his passing: “John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22, 2014 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer Continue reading