By The Associated Press
December 24, 2014 6:33 p.m.
Two New York police officers were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.
By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press
December 24, 2014 10:17 a.m.
NEW YORK — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi donned a New York Police Department T-shirt on stage. Well-wishers delivered home-baked cookies by the hundreds to police in Cincinnati. In Mooresville, North Carolina, police and sheriff's officers were treated by residents to a chili dinner.
By OMAR AKOUR and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press
December 24, 2014 10:05 a.m.
AMMAN, Jordan — The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists.
By LINDSEY BAHR, Associated Press
December 24, 2014 10:55 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — "The Interview" will be available for rental on a variety of digital platforms including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website beginning Wednesday.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are monitoring Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to track him over Japan and later spotted him over the Great Wall of China.
By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR, Associated Press
December 24, 2014 10:54 a.m.
BERKELEY, Mo. — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley called for calm Wednesday after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, touching off renewed protests that have lingered since the shooting death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press
December 23, 2014 9:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A former subcontractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the federal government as part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company that employed him at the time of his arrest.