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Cruise attack leaves passenger broken

ATTACKER: Ketut Pujayasa could be jailed for 30 years.

Cruise ship worker who tried to kill woman after hiding in her room faces tough penalty because his crime was so extreme.

Slain police officer farewelled by thousands

FORMAL FAREWELL: Police officers turn their back to a big screen showing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at the funeral of slain police officer Rafael Ramos.

Thousands of police and mourners fill NYC church and streets for funeral of slain police officer.

Vigil for shot NYPD cops video

A police officer pays his respects at the memorial for the two NYPD cops killed last weekend.

Uniformed officers and other mourners joined a huge line to pay their respects for one of two slain NYPD officers, as the rift between City Hall and the police department widened.

Cops help deliver baby on train video

Baby born on Philadelphia train

Jesus may have been born in a barn but this Christmas baby has a way better story to tell.

Obama lauds end of Afghan combat

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama address US troops during Christmas dinner at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.

President says Afghanistan will not "be a source of terrorist attacks again" ahead of mission ending next week.

Panda recovers after live wire fright

SWIFT RECOVERY: Bao Bao, an American zoo's 1-year-old giant panda, is in fine shape after her encounter with a live electrical wire

Panda cub at American zoo finally comes down from tree she scaled after touching live wire.

Bush snr still in hospital

George Bush snr at a White House awards ceremony in July 2013.

Former US president George Bush snr is to remain hospitalised in Texas as a precaution.

Teen shot near Ferguson

Distraught: Toni Martin at the scene where she says her son Antonio was fatally shot.

White policeman shoots dead an armed black man within walking distance of the street Michael Brown was killed.

Drunken crash into ex-husband's home

US police

Woman crashes car through estranged husband's front door after an argument.

Pharrell Williams is not happy

Global Music Rights represents US singer Pharrell Williams in potential lawsuit against YouTube over copyright.

A conglomerate of artists including Pharrell Williams threatens YouTube with $1b copyright lawsuit.

Deadly tornados hit southern US

A destroyed mobile home.

Tornados unleashed by thunderstorms rip through southern states claiming at least four lives.

Cop issues gifts, not tickets

OFFICER GENEROUS: Edward Michela paid for the presents out of his own pocket.

A US police officer inspired by the generosity of others with a badge is issuing gifts instead of tickets.

NY protesters defiant

DEFIANT: A protester at the makeshift memorial at the site where the two police officers were shot dead.

Rallies against excessive police force defy plea for hiatus after the killing of two officers.

Jail for stealing dying woman's wedding ring

CONVICTED: Keith Hickles pictured after his arrest.

Man convicted for taking jewellery from woman who crashed into Taco Bell drive-thru.

'Canadian psycho' guilty of murder

GUILTY: Luka Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, found guilty of first-degree murder and dismemberment of Chinese student.

Court finds Canadian man guilty of murdering and dismembering Chinese student.

Delta Airlines worker arrested for gun-smuggling

Delta Airlines ramp agent Eugene Harvey has been charged in a plot that saw some 129 firearms allegedly carried aboard flights.

Atlanta airline baggage handler suspected of helping smuggle firearms onto passenger jets arrested.

The spy who knocked me up

GOODWILL GESTURE: Newly freed Cuban spy Gerardo Hernandez with his pregnant wife Adriana Perez at a concert in Havana on Saturday. The US let Hernandez impregnate his wife via "remote control" while in prison.

Mystery as to how spy's wife got pregnant will go down in history books as one of the most bizarre subplots in annals of US diplomacy.

Bill Gates: 'I was naive'

BILL GATES: His 'Grand Challenges' have attracted media attention but have yet to change the world.

World's richest man gave $1.3 billion to tackle the toughest problems in public health - but hasn't had much luck.

Teen shot in shoe-envy theft

US police

Shopper shoots, kills teenager who tried to steal a new pair of shoes.

The man they call Philly Jesus

For nearly every day the last eight months, Michael Grant, 28, has dressed as Jesus Christ, and walked the streets of Philadelphia

"Jesus is like my Michael Jordan. I'm just wearing his jersey," says man who has dressed as Jesus Christ nearly every day for eight months.

Tensions high after cop killings video

Volunteer EMTs talk about the ambulance that responded to the officers' slaying in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.

Critics blame NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aggressive efforts to reform police for the murders.

Prosthetics for double amputee video

Double amputee Les Baugh

Man who lost both his arms 40 years ago has been fitted with a pair of prosthetics he can control with his mind.

'I do not condone killing'

A police officer stands guard near where two NYPD officers were shot.

Black Lives Matter protesters distance the budding movement from killing of NYPD officers.

Cop gunned down in Florida

A forensic science investigator investigates the scene where  police officer Charles Kondek was shot.

Suspect in custoday after veteran Florida police officer shot and killed while on duty.

Warnings come too late video

GUNMAN A 2009 photo of Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

Man ambushed and killed two police officers just minutes before a wanted poster for him arrived at New York Police Department.

Sony hack 'not an act of war' video

'We will respond" ... President Barack Obama says the United States will respond 'proportionally, and in a place and time that we choose' against North Korea for the Sony hacks.

US President Barack Obama moves to prevent US anger at North Korea from spiralling out of control.

Man to pay $1.9m for credit card fraud

A Toronto man stole the identities of 38,000 people in a massive credit card fraud scheme described by prosecutors as high-tech bank robbery.

North Korea denies hacking

A security guard stands at the entrance of a cinema during the premiere of The Interview in Los Angeles earlier this month.

North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander".

Shot cops 'targeted for their uniform' video

THE FALLEN: New York Fire Department crew salute as an ambulance and motorcade carrying one of the two officers passes.

Cops "assassinated" in their patrol car by man who only hours earlier shot his ex-girlfriend and vowed online to kill cops.

Mall protest ordered out

Protesters at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, draw attention to race-based police misconduct.

Police in riot gear demand Black Lives Matter protesters exit the Mall of America.

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