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  • NYC police boss calls for less rhetoric and more dialogue to reduce police-populace tensions

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s police commissioner is calling for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue” to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect. A day…

  • Fire burns on ferry in Adriatic; passengers stranded as high waves, gales slow rescue

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rescue helicopters and other ships are struggling to reach a stricken ferry off the Greek island of Corfu. A Greek Merchant Marine spokesman says a fire broke out on the car…

  • Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL. “I don’t like to think that way,” Sam said in an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…

  • Good, bad and weird of NFL season

    Every NFL season offers much to marvel at or laugh about, and plenty of chances to shake our heads in befuddled wonderment. That final description certainly fits the mind-numbing off-field news that plagued the league…

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Game changers who made their mark in 2014. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” —Not available. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation”…

  • 1990s TV star ‘Screech’ charged in bar stabbing

    Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas. Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly…

  • Former Utah TV pitchman ordered back to court

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is summoning back to court a former Utah TV pitchman accused of kicking an owl in flight while riding his motorized paraglider. Authorities say in court documents filed…

  • 2014 Notable Sports Deaths

    Feb. 1 — Luis Aragones, 75, former soccer coach who shaped the rise of Spain’s national team from a perennial underachiever to global powerhouse with a long-awaited title at the 2008 European Championship. Feb. 1…

  • Ex-‘Scandal’ star faces trial over throwing punch

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Columbus Short was ordered to stand trial on a felony battery charge after a witness testified that the former “Scandal” actor delivered a running punch on a man who wasn’t looking…

  • Nielsen’s top programs for Dec. 15-21

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 15-21. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Seattle at Arizona, NBC, 19.29 million. 2. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.53 million. 3.…

  • Strong week for CBS scripted shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you watched a scripted comedy or drama on television during the past week, there’s a very good chance you were watching CBS. The network aired the 15 most-watched scripted shows…

  • Cosby not finding support in black community

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that…

  • CM Punk set for real fight game with UFC debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — CM Punk’s body looks like the comics he loves to read, illustrated from chest to feet with so many tattoos he’s lost count. For a guy known for moving the needle…

  • Stevie J ordered to rehab after failing drug tests

    NEW YORK (AP) — A cast member on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” has been ordered to spend 30 days at a drug rehabilitation center after prosecutors said he repeatedly failed cocaine and marijuana…