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NY police boss backs mayor...Greek ferry disaster...Hobbit rules them all

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner is defending the city's mayor against critics who say he has been too supportive of protesters angry over the police killings of unarmed black men. Commissioner William Bratton tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is "totally supportive" of the police. He also says it was "inappropriate" for officers to turn their backs on the mayor yesterday in a sign of disrespect as he spoke at Officer Rafael Ramos' funeral.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Merchant ships in the Adriatic Sea have been trying to protect a ferry from heavy seas after the vessel caught fire, trapping hundreds of passengers on it top docks. An Italian Coast Guard official says one person died while attempting to escape. More than 100 people have been transported to safety, but more than 350 remain on the ferry off the Greek island of Corfu. The Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Italy, when the fire broke out on its car deck.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — There's been no word on AirAsia Flight 8501's fate despite several hours of searching Indonesian waters by air and sea. The plane was carrying 162 people from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when in vanished from radar in stormy weather. Indonesia's search and rescue agency says the air search is to resume Monday morning, while some ships continue to comb through the night.

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Officials in Pennsylvania say the death of a 93-year-old hospice patient is not tied to the crash of a pickup truck into her Philadelphia-area home Friday. Police in Bucks County say the coroner has ruled that Jenny Russo died a natural death brought on by end-stage lung disease. The pickup caused heavy damage to the home and ended up near Russo's bed. But police say there was no evidence of Russo suffered any trauma.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christmas has seen the arrival of a host of fresh fare for moviegoers, but "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" are proving no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies." The final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy holds the top spot for the second weekend, earning an estimated $54.5 million across the four-day holiday. Universal's "Unbroken" and Disney's musical "Into the Woods" took second and third place.

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