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December 28, 2014

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NYPD OFFICERS SHOT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers from across the U.S. pack a church and spill onto streets to honor a slain New York officer as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside. By Jonathan Lemire and Mike Balsamo. AP Photos.

CUBA-US EMBASSY

HAVANA (AP) — The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente — transforming the complex into a full embassy that would reflect the Obama administration’s hopes of new influence on the communist island. By Peter Orsi. AP Photos.

ISLAMIC CENTER VANDALISM

FRESNO, California (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas day, causing investigators at first to suspect a hate crime, police say. By Scott Smith. AP Photos.

BUSH HOSPITALIZED

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week.

REVAMPING DEATH PENALTY

McALESTER, Oklahoma — The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the U.S. that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn’t. By Sean Murphy. AP Photos.

BUSINESS:

CHATTANOOGA-GIG CITY

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (AP) — A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself into a vibrant tech hub. By Erik Schelzig. AP Photos.

POHLADS-POLAROID

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Pohlad family has acquired majority ownership of Polaroid in a $70 million deal.

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