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AP Sources: Cops' Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Angry Over Eric Garner Death

usnews.com — COLLEEN LONG, Associated PressJENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

Police: 1 NYC cop dead in shooting, 2nd critical

usnews.com — By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - Police say one New York City officer has died after being shot inside a patrol car and a second officer is in critical condition. The shooting took place Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @usnews: 2 NYPD officers shot dead in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood ow.ly/Ged91

Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

usnews.com — In this Dec. 17, 2014 pool photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington to announce the U.S. will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests. Frequently criticized as cautious on foreign policy, President Barack Obama's secret negotiations to overhaul U.S.
Dec 20, 2014

Obama's move to restore relations with #Cuba reflects political shift in swing state Florida, via @bsfarrington: usnews.com/news/politics/…

Pentagon Unveils New Weapons to Protect Santa

usnews.com — Children of America: Do not fear the North Koreans or any other foreign enemies trying to ruin Christmas this year. The Department of Defense is on full alert. The Pentagon on Friday unveiled its newest (tongue-in-cheek) weapon: the "Anti-Grinch Firewall," or AGFW, reportedly based at North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, which is headquartered in Colorado.
Dec 19, 2014

The Pentagon is protecting Santa against the Grinch and other haters, @PDShinkman reports. usnews.com/news/articles/…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @usnews: Pentagon has new weapons to protect Santa Claus from Grinch, North Korea: ow.ly/GbqMM pic.twitter.com/zH8KKFFlqy

Dec 19, 2014

RT @PDShinkman: Take THAT, #NorthKorea! Pentagon unveils hacker-proof "Anti-Grinch Firewall" to protect Santa: bit.ly/1Jl8Oap pic.twitter.com/mh2T1LehKB

Dec 19, 2014

The Department of Defense unveiled new weapons to protect Santa from North Korea and other meanies usnews.com/news/articles/… via @PDShinkman

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Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages

usnews.com — BAGHDAD (AP) - Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @vmsalama: #Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages. Interesting read by my colleagues Sameer Yacoub & @sinansm http://t.co/HIdGh0c…

Dec 20, 2014

#Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages. Interesting read by my colleagues Sameer Yacoub & @sinansm t.usnews.com/Z51l8v #ISIL

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

usnews.com — FILE - In this July 11, 2014, file photo, an oil well pump operates in Boca de Jaruco, Cuba. Cuba sits close to one of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet, leading to hopes that a thaw in relations with the U.S.
Dec 20, 2014

Cuba hopes to spur oil industry, but environmentalists worry and the industry remains skeptical: bit.ly/1sSvxFX

Obama Shuts Out Big Networks, Takes Questions Only from Women

usnews.com — President Obama is off to Hawaii after his end-of-the-year presser. In what's become a ritual, President Barack Obama held his year-end press conference before heading off to Hawaii for Christmas.

Obama Administration Seeks Public Input on College Ratings Draft Proposal

usnews.com — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the first look into its proposed college rating system. Nearly a year and a half after President Barack Obama tasked his administration with developing a system to rate colleges based on access, affordability and quality, a draft of the proposal was unveiled Friday morning.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @APLU_News: APLU Pres. McPherson discusses #collegeratings plan in @USNews. Obama Administration Seeks Input... usnews.com/news/articles/… #highered #PIRS

Dec 19, 2014

The Obama administration shared a draft of its proposed college rating system. Leaves more questions than answers. ow.ly/GaTIC

Dec 19, 2014

Nearly a year and a half after they were first announced, Obama's college ratings are here, kind of: usnews.com/news/articles/… #PIRS

State Job Improvement Underscores Fed Focus on Inflation

usnews.com — The Fed has a history of raising interest rates when about a third of the states have unemployment rates below the natural level. Improvement in unemployment at the state level continues to parallel the healthy labor market trends on the national level.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @katieperalta: 40% of states have jobless rates < NAIRU - historically Fed hiked rates when 1/3 did. Shows focus now on #inflation http:…

Dec 19, 2014

40% of states have jobless rates < NAIRU - historically Fed hiked rates when 1/3 did. Shows focus now on #inflation usnews.com/news/articles/…

FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment

usnews.com — By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the sale of a packaged treatment called Viekira Pak made by AbbVie Inc.
Dec 19, 2014

AbbVie gets approval for hepatitis C combo treatment, Viekira Pak, bringing new competition to dominant Gilead. bit.ly/1APyAxt

Sony Hack Puts Hollywood, U.S. Government in Unprecedented Position

usnews.com — "The Interview" was scheduled to open on Christmas Day. Now it may never see a public release. Sony Pictures' decision to shelve "The Interview" -- prompted by a massive cyberattack believed to be ordered by North Korea -- is a case of truth turning out to be stranger than fiction, albeit fiction of the raunchy, buddy-comedy kind.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @usnews: The Sony hack put Hollywood in a seriously weird position: ow.ly/G8ARU

Dec 18, 2014

I talked to a North Korea expert, a cyberwarfare expert, & some Hollywood folks about "The Interview" & the Sony hack usnews.com/news/articles/…

Decide if a Historically Black College is a Good Fit

usnews.com — Several African-American leaders in entertainment and politics have attended historically black schools. Shows such as "A Different World" and the reality series "College Hill" offered a glimpse of black college life for kids growing up in the '80s, '90s and '00s.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @PennGSE: Is an HBCU a good fit for you? @delecewrites of @USNewsEducation checks in with @marybethgasman for tips for students bit.ly/1AKIujM

Dec 19, 2014

Here is some advice for prospective college students who are considering attending an #HBCU. ow.ly/GbpZJ

Lawmakers Demand Cybersecurity Reform After Sony Hack

usnews.com — The FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. By Tom Risen Sony Pictures Entertainment is reeling from the most damaging hack ever against a U.S. corporation, which will likely increase pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation despite years of failing to do so and the retirement of several lawmakers that were key to previous attempts.

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy

usnews.com — By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is taking online digs at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy. In posts on Twitter, Paul on Friday accused Rubio of acting like an "isolationist" who wants to retreat to the nation's borders and "build a moat."
Dec 19, 2014

RT @usnews: .@SenRandPaul and @MarcoRubio got into a Twitter tiff over Cuba decision: ow.ly/GcuSJ

Listeria-Infected Caramel Apples Kill 5

health.usnews.com — Health Officials Caution Against Eating Caramel Apples Caramel apples have sickened nearly 30. By Amir Khan Caramel apples infected with listeria bacteria have sickened 28 and killed five people across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health officials are now warning people to avoid prepackaged caramel apples, as contaminated products may still be available on grocery shelves.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @usnews: People are getting listeria and dropping dead after eating caramel apples ow.ly/GbBLq pic.twitter.com/x7u03uIQCA

How Drug Combination Helps Control Type 1 Diabetes

health.usnews.com — Researchers are developing an innovative drug therapy that could offer patients a new lease on life. Emily Raies, of Canton, Ohio, was a star soccer player in high school. But during her sophomore year, she started to lose a lot of weight and felt fatigued on the field.
Dec 19, 2014

University of Florida-led study gives hope to people with Type I diabetes: tinyurl.com/lqtxd58

FBI Officially Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

usnews.com — North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview."
Dec 19, 2014

RT @usnews: BREAKING: The @FBI makes it official: North Korea responsible for Sony hack. ow.ly/Gbmoy

Industry, Environmentalists Brace for EPA Coal Ash Ruling

usnews.com — State and federal officials collect sediment samples Feb. 5 from the Dan River in Virginia, days after thousands of tons of toxic coal ash spilled into the waterway from a power plan in North Carolina. For four days last winter, the water of North Carolina's Dan River ran black.

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Someone With Chronic Illness

health.usnews.com — Is holiday shopping leaving you frustrated? We've all been there - perplexed, scratching our head, thinking, "What do I buy the person who seems to have everything?" Holiday gift giving gets even trickier when it comes to buying the perfect gift for someone who has something they don't want - a chronic illness.
Dec 19, 2014

A "dammit doll" for someone w/ cancer. Joint mints for someone with lupus. More gift ideas from @LupusChickcom: t.usnews.com/Z4xsiy