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De Blasio: Put protests on hold...Singer Joe Cocker dead...BMW expands recall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says protests and political debate over police tactics should be halted until the funerals are held for two officers who were shot and killed inside their patrol car. De Blasio said today in a speech that it's time to support the families of the officers and show them respect. He says Saturday's ambush killing was an attack on "all police." The mayor and Police Commissioner William Bratton met today with relatives of Officers Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL' RAH'-mohs) and Wenjian Liu (WEHN'-jihn LOO').

LONDON (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His agent says Cocker died early today of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and his cover of the Beatles song "With a Little Help From My Friends." The ballad "You Are So Beautiful" was a Top Ten hit in 1975. He reached the top of the charts in the 1980s with the duet "Up Where We Belong," with Jennifer Warnes, that appeared in the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman."

MOSCOW (AP) — Another peace effort for Ukraine may be moving forward. Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have agreed to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week. They'll take place in Belarus. Previous talks produced a cease-fire deal between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels, which has often been violated.

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says it's open to every one of President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations between the two countries and to strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island. In Cuba's first detailed public response, the country's head of North American affairs says Cuba welcomes "the entire package" offered by Obama. That includes U.S. equipment to improve Cuba's internet, and potentially unlimited exports to Cuba's new class of private business owners. Cuba has historically imposed heavy regulations on the internet and private business.

NEW YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to expand a recall of driver's-side air bags to the entire U.S. The recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles made between January 2004 and August 2006. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. They can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

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