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Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev wants 'supporters’ moved away from courthouse

Protesters hold up signs outside federal court in Boston, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, where the final hearing for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was held before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pressing a judge to move his so-called supporters away from the Boston courthouse where his trial begins next month.


Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols are constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.


North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

This undated picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 14, 2010 shows the E-Library at the Kim Il-Sung University in PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.


Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

Mourners hold signs and an American flag as they gather with dozens to show support for policemen in New YorkNEW YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of their own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the execution of two officers.


Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas market

Police stand on the site where the driver of a van ploughed into a Christmas market, injuring at least ten people, before stabbing himself, in Nantes on December 22, 2014A driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France Monday, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran down pedestrians in another French city. At least four people were badly hurt in the latest incident in the city of Nantes, the third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France, sparking fears of possible copycat action. Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".


Russia's first bailout

Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowIt's a clear sign that the ruble is in serious trouble.


New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at news conference at Woodhull Hospital about the two New York Police officers that were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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. De Blasio, a Democrat who has come under intense criticism from some police unions for his handling of protests over police killings of unarmed black men, asked the city to stand by families of the officers who were killed Saturday in Brooklyn. ...


Confusion over start of gay marriages next month in Florida
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - 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. When the stay expires after Jan. 5, it is unclear if weddings are permitted beyond the one county in northern Florida that was named in the case appealed to the high court. ...
U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

A sign of support of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is seen in Hailey, IdahoBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. General Mark Milley, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, would determine "appropriate action - which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial," the Army said in a brief statement. Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after five years in captivity. ...


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