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  • In New York, rising tensions and calls for unity after two police officers are killed

    21 December 2014, 9:45 pm by: Jerry Markon, Peter Hermann

    Police-community relations, already strained by nationwide protests over the deaths in recent months of unarmed black people at the hands of white officers, grew even more fragile Sunday in the wake of the assassination-style slayings of two New York City…
  • Samuelson: The ominous lesson from the Sony Pictures hack

    21 December 2014, 8:03 pm by: Robert J. Samuelson

    “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film ‘The Interview,’ we have decided not to move forward with the planned Dec. 25 theatrical release.” — Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dec. 17Read full article >>
  • Editorial: Stop mistreating youth at Rikers Island and other institutions around the country

    21 December 2014, 7:30 pm by: Editorial Board

    AFTER THE Justice Department released a scathing account of how New York authorities mistreat juveniles in the Rikers Island jail, the message was clear: reform or get sued. Four months later, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who described a lockup in which…
  • Where are the new Christmas classics? It’s increasingly hard to write a seasonal song that becomes…

    21 December 2014, 7:20 pm by: Allison Stewart

    This time of year, Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels doesn’t like to leave the house. “I’m scared to go to the mall, because every five steps somebody’s screaming, ‘It’s Christmastime in Hollis, Queens!’ Kids, grandmothers, it’s crazy,”…
  • In New York, tensions between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio boil over after killings

    21 December 2014, 5:01 pm by: Karen Tumulty

    Tensions between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s police — which boiled over in the wake of the assassination-style slayings of two officers Saturday — have been simmering since the mayor’s 2013 campaign and represent a sharp turn from the…
  • Sally Yates said to be Obama’s nominee for Justice Department’s second in command

    21 December 2014, 4:40 pm by: Sari Horwitz

    The Obama administration plans in the coming days to nominate a U.S. attorney from Georgia to become the second-highest-ranking official in the Justice Department, according to U.S. officials.Sally Quillian Yates , a longtime prosecutor and the U.S. attorney…
  • Florida authorities say gunman killed police officer on Sunday morning

    21 December 2014, 3:55 pm by: Peter Holley

    Police Officer, shot and killed overnight in Tarpon Springs, FL http://t.co/vbTazgiUIL #PoliceLivesMatter #tcot pic.twitter.com/mb0VtgewilA police officer was fatally shot in Florida early Sunday, according to news reports.Read full article >>
  • Weather Gang: Christmas storm to cause Eastern U.S. travel troubles, but not quite panic-worthy

    21 December 2014, 3:15 pm by: Dan Stillman

    WEATHER GANG | The good news is we’re looking at mainly rain and wind rather than snow or ice.
  • ‘Rocket Man’ is a married man: Elton John weds longtime partner, David Furnish

    21 December 2014, 11:40 am by: Sarah Kaplan

    Can you feel the love (this afternoon)?British rock star Sir Elton John legally and ceremonially wed his longtime partner, David Furnish, Sunday.The event, which was relatively low-key for a celebrity wedding, has been fully documented on social media. Furnish…
  • Wonkblog: Putin’s Groundhog Day: The Russian people keep paying the price for their leaders’…

    21 December 2014, 9:45 am by: Matt O'Brien

    In the bad old days, Russia's facsimile of an economy would crash every time the price of oil did. The government would go broke, the currency would collapse, and ordinary people would see their standard of living evaporate. Now if all this sounds familiar,…
  • Weather Gang: Winter begins today: Five questions and answers about the solstice

    21 December 2014, 9:00 am by: Justin Grieser

    The official start of astronomical winter will be at 6:03 p.m. Eastern.
  • Getting Chris Christie’s goat: Activists try to rile up governor, pile up some YouTube hits

    20 December 2014, 11:15 pm by: David A. Fahrenthold

    SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — Sandy Booket came to the town-hall meeting intending to ask Gov. Chris Christie a serious question — about rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy. But then Christie called on her and, in that instant, she changed her mind.Read full…
  • Two New York City police officers are shot and killed in a brazen ambush in Brooklyn

    20 December 2014, 11:15 pm by: Peter Holley

    A gunman shot and killed two New York City police officers before taking his own life in a brazen ambush that played out on a quiet Brooklyn street corner Saturday afternoon, New York police said.Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot at point-blank…
  • Boswell: A 27-24 win over the Eagles likely means Jay Gruden, Robert Griffin III will be back

    20 December 2014, 10:57 pm by: Thomas Boswell

    All Jay Gruden needed was a candy cane in his mouth and a tricycle to look just like an 5-year-old opening presents from Santa. Instead, the Washington coach was unwrapping all the emotions that accompanied the gift he and his team wanted most — just one…
  • When Obama drew a line on immigration, it went straight through their family

    20 December 2014, 8:27 pm by: Eli Saslow

    AKRON, Ohio — Their TV was showing another rally celebrating President Obama’s long-awaited announcement about immigration reform, but to Marilu Morales it just sounded like more white noise. “Gracias a Presidente Obama!” shouted an anchor on…
  • When Obama drew a line on immigration, it went straight through their family

    20 December 2014, 8:25 pm by: Eli Saslow

    AKRON, Ohio — Their TV was showing another rally celebrating President Obama’s long-awaited announcement about immigration reform, but to Marilu Morales it just sounded like more white noise. “Gracias a Presidente Obama!” shouted an anchor on…
  • Redskins come through in the clutch, beat Eagles 27-24 for fourth win of rough season

    20 December 2014, 7:53 pm by: Mike Jones

    For weeks, the Washington Redskins have found themselves the victims of misfortune — some of their own doing, some the result of bad luck and some because of big plays by their opponents. On Saturday night, the Redskins finally had the ball bounce their way…
  • Japan’s pet owners shower furry ones with holiday gifts, cakes and even vacations

    20 December 2014, 7:28 pm by: Anna Fifield

    Forget the kids. What are you doing for your dog this Christmas? How are you going to celebrate with your cat?Those are the questions on the minds of many here in Japan, where, as in the United States, the number of pets far outstrips the number of children.…
  • For some Cuban exiles, the old toast ‘Next year in Cuba!’ is suddenly more plausible

    20 December 2014, 7:02 pm by: Joel Achenbach

    MIAMI — For so long, many of the exiles believed they would go back to Cuba in battle gear. They would vanquish Fidel Castro by any means necessary. “Next year in Cuba!” they would say when making a toast. Some trained in the Florida Everglades for the…
  • Two New York City police officers are shot and killed in a brazen ambush in Brooklyn

    20 December 2014, 6:20 pm by: Peter Holley

    Two uniformed New York police officers were shot and killed in a brazen ambush while they sat in their patrol car Saturday afternoon, according to police.Both officers were shot in the head and rushed to Brooklyn’s Woodhull Medical Center, where they were…

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