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NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of additional mourners are expected this evening to join the colleagues and family members of a New York City police officer who was killed along with his partner in an ambush last weekend. The crowd is expected to spill into the streets outside a church in Queens to hear speakers eulogize Officer Rafael Ramos. Friends and colleagues today are describing him as selfless, compassionate and heroic.

DUBLIN (AP) — A brain-dead pregnant woman in Ireland has been taken off life support. This, after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus can't survive for the extra two months that would be needed to be delivered safely. The court today said that all artificial support for the woman should end, more than three weeks after she was declared clinically dead.

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Four badly burned bodies have been found in the ruins of a home destroyed by fire early today in southwestern Ohio -- and they're believed to be those of a 60-year-old woman and her three grandsons. A sheriff says the boys were staying there on Christmas night so that their grandmother wouldn't be alone. State fire investigators are trying to determine the fire's cause.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are posting modest gains after a quiet, post-holiday day of trading. The Dow industrials finished 23 points higher, while the S&P 500 rose six points. The Nasdaq composite gained 33. Biotechnology stocks had some of the biggest gains. Falling oil and natural gas prices helped bolster expectations for stronger consumer spending heading into next year.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police officers who helped deliver a Christmas baby on a subway train yesterday in Philadelphia have reunited with the newborn boy and his parents today -- this time, in the comfort of a hospital room. The officers sat at bedside with the baby and his mother, chatting and posing for pictures. Passengers say they had helped coach the woman through yesterday's delivery, before removing the umbilical cord from the boy's neck and placing him in her arms.

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