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Biden to attend slain officer's funeral...Michael Brown memorial restored ... Court OK's LAPD car policy

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The funeral for New York City police officer Rafael Ramos will be held tomorrow in Queens. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make remarks. He'll be joined at the service by Mayor Bill de Blasio and uniformed officers from across the U.S. The married father of two and his partner were fatally shot in an ambush last Saturday.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Supporters of a makeshift memorial to the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August is once again whole. Michael Brown's memorial was apparently hit by a car. Social media reports about damage to the memorial started early today. People were out before dawn rebuilding it. It's not known who struck it.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place. A California appeals court says the policy is "within the wide discretion of the police chief." The policy was challenged by a taxpayer and the police union. The court ruled they lacked standing.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony's PlayStation network is still offline. It's the second day of the outage. Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, went back online today although the company reports problems with some functions. A group of self-proclaimed hackers called Lizard Squad, or someone purporting to speak for it, is taking credit for the attack.

DETROIT (AP) — Former Harlem Globetrotter Robert "Showboat" Hall has died in his hometown of Detroit. The Globetrotters say Hall, who spent nearly three decades with the team, died Wednesday. A cause of death and his age are not yet available. Hall played basketball at the former Miller High School in Detroit. He joined the Globetrotters in 1949 and retired in 1974. .

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