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  • School error takes money from staff bank accounts

    PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch. Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public…

  • Humbug: Playstation, Xbox Live, disrupted for the holidays

    WASHINGTON — UPDATE : Sony Playstation tweeted this morning at 3:30 a.m. ET, that service for its  PS4, PS3, and Vita network services are “gradually coming back online” after being out since Christmas day. As of…

  • TSA screener faces up to 14 years in jail for stealing $10,000 from passengers

    WASHINGTON — A Transportation Security Administration screener at New York’s Kennedy Airport could be heading to prison for a lengthy sentence. Prosecutors say TSA agent Alexandra Schmid,34, stole $10,000 in cash from passengers. A judge in…

  • Key developments in police-communities tension

    The killings of two unarmed black men 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…

  • Court: LA Police Department policy for impounding cars is OK

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops…

  • Mayor, VP to speak at slain NYPD officer’s funeral

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people were expected to attend the funeral of a New York City police officer shot to death along with his partner one week ago in a brazen daylight ambush…

  • Police officer shoots woman in leg in Hollywood

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police officer shot a woman in the leg early Friday at a Hollywood parking structure after she fought with another woman and pointed a gun at the officer, authorities said.…

  • Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1BdXt69) reports the study…

  • 12-year-old riding new scooter fatally hit by car

    UPLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California. KCBS-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/1D0evpN ) that…

  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital

    HOUSTON (AP) _ Former President George H.W. Bush is spending a fourth night in a Houston hospital where he’s being treated after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Friday…

  • Thousands attend 8-hour wake for slain NYC officer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed police officers from New York City and around the country gathered Friday at the solemn, eight-hour wake of a city policeman who was killed along with his partner…

  • Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

    Two New York Police Department officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a…

  • Sudan steps up pressure on UN as it reviews Darfur force

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudan’s government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country’s violence-wracked Darfur…

  • 60-year-old hiker missing in Olympic National Park

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Teams plan to resume searching Saturday for a 60-year-old man missing in Washington’s Olympic National Park. Jim Griffin went for a hike Monday on the Olympic Hot Springs Trail. His…

  • PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony’s PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas…