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Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.
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Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

By Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:11pm
A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.
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Oklahoma official says state has execution drugs

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:11pm
Oklahoma's prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring, but with an increased dose.
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Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:40pm
Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.
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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:34pm
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
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Obama calls on women only at news conference

By Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:30pm
Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners.
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2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:10pm
A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.
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3 Utah athletes named to US Special Olympics team

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:01pm
After competing in the Special Olympics for several years, three Utah athletes were named to the USA team and will compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
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Judge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access

By Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:32pm
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.
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AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba

By Stanley Meisler and Ben F. Meyer, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:11pm
When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.
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Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list

By John Flesher, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 7:01pm
A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.
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Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:30pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.
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Napolitano named as UC public policy professor

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:20pm
University of California President Janet Napolitano has been appointed as a tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.
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NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:20pm
A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.
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Lawyer: Child molester won't testify in 1979 case

By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:52pm
A convicted child molester who was long suspected in a 1979 missing child case plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if called to testify in the murder trial of a man now charged with the crime, his lawyer said Friday.
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Bob Simpson, co-developer of Saffir-Simpson scale, dies

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:50pm
Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.
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State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:50pm
The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.
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US nurse exposed to Ebola released from DC hospital

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:41pm
The National Institutes of Health says an American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been released from the hospital.
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Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:40pm
The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.
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Record number of students in Arkansas rural consortium

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:40pm
A record number of students have been accepted into the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium.
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Lava could reach Hawaii shopping center in 8 days

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:40pm
Lava flowing in a rural Hawaii town continues to slow down and is estimated to reach a shopping center in about eight days.
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Deal reached for students with disabilities

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:40pm
New Orleans public schools have agreed to ensure that students with disabilities are properly treated and educated while also being given the chance to attend the schools they want to attend, under a settlement announced Friday.
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Vegas limo firm owner takes racketeering plea deal

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:31pm
A Las Vegas limousine company owner has pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge in a case that prosecutors say involved a multimillion-dollar prostitution, drug trafficking and fraud scheme.
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