Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Eric Garner's family.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents.
NEW YORK (AP) - Scores of defense attorneys in New York City and elsewhere are protesting the criminal justice system's handling of police killings of unarmed black men.
CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan mother faces child abuse and other charges after authorities say she gave her 10- and 12-year-old sons marijuana for medical reasons.
HAVANA (AP) - Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. spy Cuba is releasing is one of the most important intelligence agents the U.S. has ever had in Cuba.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A former police officer who appeared in court Monday on a drunken-driving charge was arrested three more times over the next 11 hours.
GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) - A 14-year-old Colorado boy will spend 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to killing his father and trying to conceal the slaying for six days by keeping the body at home and telling the man's employer he was sick.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - An eighth man has been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Authorities say a 57-year-old hunter is dead after one of his companions slipped in the mud and accidentally shot him in the back in northern Utah.
HAVANA (AP) - Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.
The American lawyer who led the investigation into World Cup bidding resigned in protest.
HAVANA (AP) - The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.
TIMISOARA, Romania (AP) - Adrian Kali remembers a two-year-old girl being shot dead in front of him twenty-five years ago to this day during Europe's last anti-communist revolution of 1989.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Parliament fails to elect Greek president in 1st round; 2 more tries to prevent gov't falling.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's finance minister presented a 2015 budget of $23 billion to parliament on Wednesday, slashed by nearly $3 billion to accommodate slumping oil prices.
LONDON (AP) - The British government plans to sell a 3 billion pound ($4.7 billion) chunk of its stake in part-nationalized Lloyds Banking Group, which was bailed out by taxpayers during the 2008 financial crisis.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Ukraine's president has urged Poland's politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it reforms to follow European standards.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian official says prosecutors have referred 26 men arrested in a raid on a bath house to trial on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality.
PARIS (AP) - Princess Charlene of Monaco has revealed that the royal twins born last week were delivered by cesarean section - two weeks before they were due, and she hopes to be out of the hospital by Christmas.
LONDON (AP) - New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - An eighth man has been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved extending cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas without Syrian government approval.
LONDON (AP) - London authorities say no one should be prosecuted over a ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre last year that injured more than 80 people.