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Officer won't be charged...Commissioner says mayor has lost some support...Russian bank bailout

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.



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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges. That announcement came today from the top prosecutor in Milwaukee County. He says Christopher Manley won't be charged because he shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense. Manney is at least the third white police officer not to be charged in the past month after a confrontation that led to the death of a black man.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner concedes that Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the confidence of some of the city's police officers. But a relative of one of the two officers killed in an ambush over the weekend says the family would welcome a visit from the mayor. Some police officers turned their backs on the mayor on Saturday as he walked through the hospital where the slain officers were taken. Commissioner William Bratton told NBC's "Today" show that he didn't think that was appropriate conduct by the officers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans have been buying homes. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes slid last month to the slowest pace in six months. The combination of higher home prices and relatively stagnant incomes has reduced affordability, and it has restrained buying activity.

MOSCOW (AP) — The slide in the value of Russia's ruble is straining that country's banking system. Russia's Central Bank says it has bailed out a mid-sized bank, at a cost of about $500 million, in order to save it from bankruptcy. It will also place the bank under its supervision until it finds an investor.

PHOENIX (AP) — Many of the young immigrants who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy are expected today to start applying for Arizona driver's licenses. It's a privilege that was initially denied by the governor, but it's now been granted by the courts. The Arizona Department of Transportation said it's anticipating a rush of immigrant applicants in the weeks ahead at Motor Vehicle Division offices statewide.

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