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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

NEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the city's police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers shot dead in an ambush.

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Ex-minister Kudrin warns of 'full-fledged crisis' in Russia

MOSCOW - Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy. | Video

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Ex-police officer not charged in Milwaukee shooting death

MILWAUKEE - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was acting in self defense and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after dozens of demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested.

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Exclusive: American Apparel takeover offer far too low - source

- American Apparel's board believes a bid by Irving Place Capital to buy the retailer for up to $1.40 per share is far too low and any takeover offer should be "several multiples" higher, a source familiar with the board's thinking said.

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Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

WASHINGTON - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.

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Exclusive: WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

WASHINGTON - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him.

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U.S. says North Korea call for joint probe of Sony hack 'absurd'

UNITED NATIONS - Washington's U.N. envoy on Monday dismissed as absurd North Korean demands for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused.