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NEW YORK (AP) — New York police officer Rafael being remembered as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero. Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church in Queens and gathered outside for his funeral today. They were joined by dignitaries including Vice President Joe Biden. Ramos was shot and killed with his partner in an ambush last week.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, is being charged with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb. A St. Louis County jail official says the charges filed against 19-year-old Joshua Williams include arson. Berkeley police fatally shot a man late Tuesday at a gas station near the convenience store, and a large crowd gathered to protest.

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A second investigation into the plane crash that killed Macedonia's president a decade ago has conclusively decided that pilot error was to blame and not foul play. The president, six other passengers and the two pilots were killed on February 26, 2004, when the plane crashed in thick fog and heavy rain on a mountainside near the Bosnian town of Mostar.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali intelligence official says a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has surrendered in Somalia. The intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity, says Saturday Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region. Hersi has a $3 million bounty on his head.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. The army's chief commander of ground forces is quoted by Iranian state media as calling the unmanned aircraft "a mobile bomb." The drone is designed to plunge into aerial and ground targets, as well as ships.

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