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Deadly police shooting near St. Louis...Surveying storm damage in MS...Chicago could get several inches of snow

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 24, 2014 at 4:50 a.m.



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BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Police near St. Louis say an officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station. Police say the shooting happened late last night while the officer in Berkeley, Missouri, was conducting a routine check at a gas station, and that a second person fled the scene. Following the shooting, a crowd of about 100 people gathered at the gas station and began protesting. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says one woman in the crowd identified the person killed as her 18-year-old son.

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Biden plans to attend the funeral for one of the two New York City police officers ambushed in his patrol car last weekend. Services for 40-year-old Rafael Ramos will be held Saturday. A funeral for his partner Wenjian Liu will be arranged once his family arrives from China. Meanwhile, protesters speaking out against police violence are refusing to honor Mayor Bill de Blasio's request to hold off on demonstrations until the officers are buried. A peaceful protest was held last night in Midtown Manhattan.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Emergency workers in Mississippi plan today to survey the damage caused by storms that hit the South yesterday, killing at least four people. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where the deaths occurred and another 50 were injured. The storm also flipped over cars and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

CHICAGO (AP) — Forecasters are predicting rain that could turn into snow today for some parts of Missouri to Michigan. And the National Weather Service says several inches of snow are expected in parts of Illinois. Officials at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway international airports are getting ready for possible flight delays and cancellations. Heavy rain is expected along the East Coast.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, say it appears that a group of firefighters was the target in a shooting last night at a fire station. Jacksonville's sheriff says the firefighters were putting fuel into a fire truck when a vehicle drove by and someone fired five or six shots. One firefighter was struck in the arm after the bullet ricocheted and was treated at the scene.

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