People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend. Carlow Allegri/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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De Blasio Urges Halt To Protests As Funerals For Officers Are Held

The shooting of two officers Saturday exposed fault lines in the relationship between the New York City mayor and the city's police department.

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Army General To Determine Fate Of Bowe Bergdahl

Officials say options range from taking no action to ordering a court martial. The sergeant walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and ended up in the hands of the Taliban. He was released in a prisoner exchange in May.

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Movie Interviews

We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Andreas Solaro/AP hide caption

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At Christmas Gathering, Pope Francis Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

He accused the Curia, which oversees the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.

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Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef KUNC

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."

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Shots - Health News

A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

There is no effective treatment for the rare genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, so two parents created a foundation to fund research. But they found there's no easy road to a cure.

Workers remove a poster for The Interview from a billboard in Hollywood after Sony canceled the movie's Christmas release due to a terrorist threat. The hacking of Sony's networks has sparked a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Calling U.S. A 'Cesspool,' North Korea Warns Against Escalation

North Korea's National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America "in all war spaces including cyber warfare space."

Twee is an almost paradoxical combination of the hypermaterialistic and artisanal and crafted, says Marc Spitz, author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film. Cienpies Design & Communication/iStockphoto hide caption

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Author Interviews

Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping'

Cutesy, homespun goods that combine old-fashioned and modern aesthetics are proliferating. But don't be mistaken: There's a powerful economic force behind it all, says author Marc Spitz.

James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen arrive for the premiere of the motion picture comedy "The Interview" Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. The actors' film, a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, was pulled from theaters after a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced back to the North Korean government. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Business

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

A Milwaukee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a police officer who shot and killed Donte Hamilton in April. Here, Maria Hamilton holds posters used in rallies that vent frustrations about the death of her son. M.L. Johnson/AP hide caption

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Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting

Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer's baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.

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