By TOM HAYS, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 12:26 p.m.
NEW YORK — New York's mayor on Monday called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police.
By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2014 10:32 a.m.
BEIJING — North Korea's defense department asserted Sunday that the U.S. government was "deeply involved" in the making of the Sony Pictures comedy "The Interview" and threatened to "blow up" the White House, the Pentagon and other U.S. targets if Washington launched an assault to retaliate for the cyberattack on the studio.
By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 10:18 a.m.
PITTSBURGH — The parks director of a Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.
YAKIMA — The text messages that got the city's Engineering and Utilities director suspended included derisive comments about other city officials and labor leaders, according to the messages made public through a public records request.
By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 9:39 a.m.
JERUSALEM — International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid.
Allow us to start from this premise: The Washington Legislature must pass a transportation package next year. By allowing the past two years to come and go without providing major transportation funding, lawmakers have watched the state's roads and bridges slip into further disrepair, further decay, further obsolescence. According to Gov. Jay Inslee, if a transportation package is not passed next year, the state will face a 52 percent drop in its maintenance budget, and 71 bridges will become structurally deficient.