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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

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NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend.

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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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.

2:04pm EST

Georgia man killed after firing at police, neighbors

ATLANTA - A man with a high-powered rifle was killed by police near Atlanta early on Monday after a tense four-hour standoff during which he fired at officers and neighbors, a police spokesman said.

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U.S. support grows for Obama's push to boost ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON - American support for lifting the trade embargo on Cuba appears to be growing after President Barack Obama said he plans to restore diplomatic ties with Havana, new Reuters/Ipsos polling shows.

Politics, Cuba, 4:18pm EST

Former coach in Ohio rape case sentenced for probation violation

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - A former volunteer football coach who was convicted of lying to authorities in connection with an Ohio high school rape case was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Monday for violating his probation.

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U.S. judge's rebuke prompts prosecutors to rethink N.Y. man's sentence

NEW YORK - A convicted robber and drug dealer who had faced a mandatory minimum 52 years in prison has instead been sentenced to 27 years, after prosecutors took the rare step of following a judge's urgings for a shorter prison term after the trial had ended.

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Justice Department official condemns killings of officers as 'heinous'

WASHINGTON - Deputy Attorney General James Cole said on Monday the fatal shootings of two New York police officers on Saturday were "heinous and cowardly acts."

11:48am EST

Condition of Muhammad Ali 'vastly improved'

- The condition of Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon, a spokesman said on Monday.

Sports, 12:55pm EST

Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

NEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. | Video

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