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SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Some of the thousands of police officers from around the country who gathered in suburban New York today for the funeral of a slain officer are appealing for respect and understanding -- at a time when officers are so often criticized. New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, speaking at the funeral for Brian Moore, said, "What is lost in the shouting and the rhetoric is the context of what we do." He said, "Public safety is a shared responsibility."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has increased the threat level at bases across North America. Officials say the incremental boost will likely mean heightened vigilance and more random bag or vehicle checks. A spokesman says the increase was not triggered by a specific event. Army Col. Steve Warren says it was due to a generally heightened threat environment, which would include the recent terror threat and the attempted attack surrounding a provocative cartoon contest in Texas.

AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records should continue and that the Patriot Act should be renewed in its current form. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender says this is not the time for the U.S. to let its guard down, and he doesn't see the government's collection of phone records as an overreach. A court has ruled the practice is illegal because Congress didn't authorize it. Christie spoke during a visit to New Hampshire.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Even as Saudi Arabia pushes for a cease-fire in Yemen, to allow humanitarian aid to get to millions of people there, a Saudi-led coalition is telling civilians in the northern part of the country to leave the rebel strongholds there. The coalition is warning that it will attack anything in the region, which it views as a "military target."

NEW YORK (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in New York City in 1979. Jurors said today that they were hopelessly deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations. Pedro Hernandez made a surprise confession in 2012. He told authorities he choked Etan in the basement of a convenience store where he worked and dumped the body a few blocks away. But prosecutors had no physical evidence linking him to the crime. Defense attorneys suggested another man had committed the crime and said Hernandez was mentally ill.

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