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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. | Video

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U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.

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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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U.S. to review move not to charge ex-officer in Milwaukee fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the death of a black man who was fatally shot by a white former Milwaukee police officer after local prosecutors refused to charge him, saying he acted in self-defense.

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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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Confusion over start of gay marriages next month in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida court officials, citing confusion after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on the state's same-sex marriage ban, agreed on Monday to ask a federal judge to clarify where gay couples may begin to tie the knot next month.

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Ukraine peace talks may be held in Minsk on Dec. 24 and 26: Poroshenko

KIEV - A fresh round of peace talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be held in the Belarussian capital on Dec. 24 and 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement on Monday.