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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is among the many people who have paid tribute today to slain police officer Rafael Ramos, who was killed along with his partner in an ambush last weekend. Hundreds, including officers, politicians and community leaders also attended a wake for Ramos. Vice President Joe Biden will be among those attended Ramos' funeral tomorrow in Queens.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Los Angeles say an officer shot a woman in the leg early today at a Hollywood parking structure after she fought with another woman and pointed a gun at the officer. She's in stable condition and has been booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the three villagers who were killed today in an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces were "heavily armed," but were not part of the Taliban insurgency. The provincial governor says the coalition had told local authorities that the dead were Taliban militants -- but he says villagers in the area disputed the claim. The villagers instead said that the dead were civilians who'd been protecting their land.

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 thinks 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.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in Oregon, Columbia Gorge, snapped her leash and plunged 150 feet down a cliff. But it was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped. The dog suffered minor injuries. An eight-person crew helped rescue the dog and his new best friend.

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