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Sharpton denounces violence after officers killed...Gas prices plunge 25 cents in 2 weeks

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — A day after the killing of two New York City policemen, the Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Police say the officers were shot by a man who had vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Garner. Sharpton also says rhetoric blaming protesters or Mayor Bill de Blasio for creating a climate of violence is "reckless." That's after the head of the New York police union said there's "blood on the hands" of protesters and the mayor.

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are identifying a woman who was shot by the same man who killed two NYPD officers before shooting himself to death. Officials in Baltimore County say 29-year-old Shaneka Nicole Thompson is in critical but stable condition after being shot in the abdomen yesterday. Authorities say she is expected to survive her injuries and that they hope to interview her when her condition improves.

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer who was fatally shot early today was a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Police say 45-year-old Charles Kondek also served on in the New York City Police Department for more than five years. Authorities say a suspect in his killing was arrested after fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says that's the lowest average price for regular gasoline in more than five years. And she says prices will likely keep falling along with crude oil prices, amid an abundant oil supply and a rising U.S. dollar.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are taking victory laps over New York's decision to ban fracking, others are grieving over lost financial opportunities. Binghamton apple grower David Johnson says it was a slap in the face to rural southern New York when state officials announced their recommendation last week to ban fracking. That means those who wanted to lease land to drillers can no longer hope for the extra income that has made life easier for their counterparts just across the border in Pennsylvania.

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