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NEW YORK (AP) — The wife and two sons of a New York City policeman who was gunned down along with his partner have been joined by hundreds of uniformed officers at his wake. The family of Officer Rafael Ramos and officers streamed into the Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale section of Queens today, less than a week after the killings. The wake began soon after Ramos' flag-draped casket was carried into the church on the shoulders of six uniformed officers. Fellow officers saluted as the casket passed.

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Relatives of an Ohio woman and her three grandchildren are learning that the four were killed early today in what a sheriff calls a "tragic, tragic fire." The sheriff says the three grandchildren lived nearby, and were spending the night with their grandmother so that she wouldn't be alone on Christmas. The grandmother's body was found near the door of the burned-out home, with the children nearby.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. About half of Americans plan to celebrate New Year's Eve at home this year, while 2 in 10 say they'll do so at a friend or family member's home.

MIAMI (AP) — Jeb Bush is stepping down from the board of directors of Tenet Healthcare. The company says the former Florida governor will resign his seat at the end of the year. Bush has been a director since 2007. The move comes as Bush actively explores a presidential run and unwinds some of his business commitments.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says a baby gorilla raised by human keepers wearing hairy vests is ready to be placed with other gorillas and will move to the Columbus Zoo. The young female gorilla named Kamina was born in August at the zoo in Oklahoma City but was shunned by her mother, so she was sent to Cincinnati in September. The human surrogates taught her to act like a gorilla, and then placed her with two female gorillas. That didn't work out -- so now they'll try another zoo.

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