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  • Blind judge making history on Michigan’s top court

    DETROIT (AP) — Richard Bernstein has been preparing for weeks to become Michigan’s newest Supreme Court justice, even if he doesn’t take office until Thursday. Since winning election in November, the 41-year-old Bernstein, who is…

  • A bigger tent? GOP faces minority challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The faces of the Republican Party’s most ambitious members are changing. Long criticized as the party of old white men, the GOP’s next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators,…

  • Cops: Woman smeared bacon on police station window

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have arrested a woman who they say smeared uncooked bacon and sausage all over a police station dispatch window offering to “feed the pigs.” Framingham Police Lieutenant Harry…

  • Congress likely to make key decisions on drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come…

  • Arizona police officer, suspect killed in shootout

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon. Officer Tyler J. Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a man who…

  • Officials: Death not tied to truck crash into home

    LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 93-year-old hospice patient who died after a pickup truck crashed through a Philadelphia-area home near the bed where she was lying succumbed from natural causes. Authorities in Bucks…

  • Amid tension, more than 20,000 attend NYPD funeral

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and others from law enforcement agencies big and small across the country gathered at the New York City funeral of a slain officer…

  • Key developments in police-communities tension

    The killings of two unarmed blacks by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict…

  • President Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 8

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the eighth day of his family’s holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday: — MORNING AT HOME: President Obama stayed at his Kailua vacation home until late…

  • Arizona police officer, suspect killed in shootout

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon. Officer Tyler Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a man who was…

  • California man suspected of vandalizing Islamic center

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas day, causing investigators at first to suspect a hate crime, police said Saturday.…

  • School bans ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts at tournament

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited…

  • March ends at St. Louis Arch, closes monument

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — About 125 people protesting police violence have marched in St. Louis to the Gateway Arch, prompting park police to close the monument early. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1JVJJTG ) that…

  • NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets Saturday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though…

  • Governors veto bill to reform Port Authority

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governors of New York and New Jersey jointly vetoed legislation Saturday aimed at overhauling the Port Authority and proposed instead a series of reforms they said would go further in…