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Police boss urges more dialogue, less rhetoric
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner called for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.
Mayor's 1st year: Liberal victories, NYPD crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio, New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation, is winding down his first year in office, which saw success at fulfilling many of his liberal campaign promises but has at times been overshadowed by events beyond his control, most notably the recent killings of two police officers amid a wave of protests against police conduct.
Funding sometimes lags for sex-trafficking victims
As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.
Shots fired on Los Angeles police car; no one hurt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man fired a rifle at two Los Angeles officers in a patrol car, but no one was injured in the attack that comes amid tension nationwide between police and protesters rallying against their tactics.
17 in hospital after deadly Texas high-rise fire
CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) — More than a dozen people are hospitalized following a fire that killed five residents at a senior-living facility near San Antonio, and officials are trying to track down the whereabouts of dozens of others, a city official said Monday.
South Dakota's Jewish community small, tight-knit
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The first Jews to settle in what is now South Dakota established themselves in Deadwood during the Gold Rush more than 150 years ago, finding a niche selling hardware, groceries, dry goods and more. By 1920, the state was home to some 1,300 Jews.
Surfer survives shark bite off Central California
LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A man surfing on the Central California coast was dragged under water by a juvenile great white shark and bitten in the hip on Sunday before he could paddle to shore, where he received help from two doctors who happened to be on the beach, a witness said Sunday.
Today in History
Today is Monday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2014. There are two days left in the year.