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No charges against Milwaukee officer...Police warned to take precautions...Stocks open higher

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.



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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't file charges against a white former Milwaukee police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man. D-A John Chisholm says Christopher Manney won't face any charges in the death of Dontre Hamilton in April. Chisholm says the officer's use of force was "justified self-defense." Manney said he moved to frisk Hamilton in a downtown park and Hamilton resisted, striking the officer with his own baton. Manney then opened fire, hitting Hamilton 14 times. Hamilton's family and others have staged regular protests over what they saw as a lack of police transparency.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police officers around the country are being warned to take precautions, in the aftermath of Saturday's slayings of two New York City police officers by a man who had vowed to kill police in retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white officers. Police officials and union leaders are telling officers to wear bulletproof vests and to avoid making inflammatory posts on social media. In Philadelphia, the police commissioner is urging the leaders of protests over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown to "call for calm and not let this escalate any further."

NEW YORK (AP) — The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The Silver Shield Foundation says it has set aside a total of $40,000 for the educations of Ramos' two sons. Ramos and his partner were ambushed and shot to death Saturday in their patrol car by a gunman who had posted online that he planned to kill police.

PARIS (AP) — The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who injured 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism. The prosecutor says the man acted alone and had no religious motivations, but rather was upset at the treatment of Chechen children. The suspect was arrested. Eight people remain hospitalized.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are opening mostly higher as the market builds on its big gains from last week. European and Asian markets also rose on hopes that some stability was emerging in oil markets following a rout that's seen prices slide to five-year lows.

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