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NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says New York is an "incredibly diverse city" able to "show the nation how to bridge any divide." He made the remarks at the funeral for one of the two police officers killed in an ambush last weekend. The funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos also exposed the divide between members of the city's police force and its mayor. While mourners inside the church applauded politely as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke, hundreds of officers outside turned their backs to the TV screens to protest what they see as his support for anti-police protesters.
DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian state-run TV says the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month. But the main Western-backed opposition group says it's made no decision to attend. The head of the Syrian National Coalition says it's received no invitations or information on a proposed agenda. Russia's Foreign Ministry has said it hopes to host peace talks late next month.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's army says it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. The army's chief commander of ground forces describes it as a "mobile bomb." Iran frequently touts advances in its homegrown aerospace industries. It says its most advanced drone can reach much of the Middle East, including Israel.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet has approved a fresh stimulus plan as Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) tries to pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession. The $29 billion plan includes $5 billion earmarked for stagnant regional economies. It also lays out Abe's vision for countering longer term trends such as Japan's surging public debt and a declining and aging population. Japan's economic recovery fizzled after a sales tax hike in April and its public debt is twice the size of the economy.
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — About 1,300 employees of Plymouth Public Schools in Massachusetts got a nasty shock when they checked their bank accounts yesterday. Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit, the amount they were to have received had been withdrawn from their accounts. The school superintendent says some banks won't be able to fix the mistake until Monday.
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