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Veteran officer killed in Afghan attack...Honoring UN pledges...No indictments in Texas jail death

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2015 at 9:51 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police detective who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is among the six Americans killed Monday in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Detective Joseph Lemm was a 15-year-veteran of the NYPD. The military says the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. and its partners will attempt to get the international community to honor its pledges to fully fund assistance for the global refugee crisis. The United Nations says some 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes in recent years. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power says "new commitments" will be sought during a summit hosted by President Barack Obama next year at the U.N. General Assembly.

ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) — Court documents say evidence against a Texas man accused of killing two people along an Oklahoma interstate last week includes "multiple spent bullet casings." Authorities say Jeremy Doss Hardy fired at random along Interstate 40, west of Oklahoma City. At least four vehicles were hit.

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has decided that there was no felony crime in connection with the death of a black woman in a southeast Texas jail. But a prosecutor in Hempstead -- about 50 miles north of Houston -- says the panel will meet again in January to determine if the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland should face charges. Bland was pulled over for an improper lane change. A civil suit is pending.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge has ruled that six San Francisco police officers who exchanged racists and homophobic text messages in 2012 will be allowed to keep their jobs and will not face discipline. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the court ruled the department failed to act before a one-year statute of limitations. Two other officers who were accused have since retired.

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