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Mayor meets with families...Shippers hope to avoid last-minute troubles...Gaza gets Coke

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the families of the two officers who were shot to death in a squad car this weekend. The mayor and Police Commissioner William Bratton today met with relatives of Officers Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL' RAH'-mohs) and Officer Wenjian Liu (WEHN'-jihn LOO'). The two were ambushed by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl (IHSH'-mayl) Brinsley on Saturday afternoon. Brinsley ran into a subway station and killed himself on the platform.

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — The man who was convicted of organizing the infamous 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi says he is still a segregationist and does not believe in the equality of the races. Yet he contends he bears no ill will toward blacks. Edgar Ray Killen, who is now 89, spoke to The Associated Press this month inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary, where he is serving a 60-year sentence. He was convicted of manslaughter in 2005 for the slayings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were registering blacks to vote.

ATLANTA (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are hoping to avoid the problems that occurred last year. Severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays. But UPS spent $500 million this year upgrading its systems and increased the number of seasonal workers it hired by 11 percent. The company, which says today is its busiest day of the year, says its air and ground operations have been "operating smoothly" so far today.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Gaza Strip is getting a Coca-Cola factory. The Israeli military says it allowed nine trucks into the territory today carrying assembly line machines for the factory. A director of the Palestinian company licensed to produce the fizzy drink says the factory will create 300 jobs in the impoverished territory, where the unemployment rate is at least 40 percent.

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — The former Pennsylvania police chief who posted videos of himself ranting about liberals and the Second Amendment while shooting automatic weapons now says it was an act, aimed at getting potential domestic terrorists to contact him. And Mark Kessler says he's been secretly feeding information to the FBI and to state police about people he considered to be militia members and anti-government extremists. The FBI says it doesn't comment on people who claim to be informants.

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