December 26th, 2014
10:34 AM ET

Calls for calm after shooting near Ferguson

(CNN) - A Missouri police officer shot and killed a teenager Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri, just 2 miles from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where Michael Brown was killed by police, an event that set off protests across the country.

But even though both cases involve white officers and black teens, Berkley's mayor said the incidents are not the same.

Surveillance video appears to show a person - identified by police and his family as Antonio Martin, 18 - pointing a gun at an officer in a gas station parking lot in Berkeley right before the officer fatally shot the teen, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins told reporters Wednesday.

St. Louis County Police released on YouTube videos from three different angles that captured parts of the scene.

The shooting led to a tense couple of hours at the station, where scuffles with police broke out - and what appeared to be lit fireworks were thrown - as scores of people gathered to see what happened in an area still emotional over the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

But Hoskins, who is black, said that this shooting cannot be likened to Brown's death, in part because unlike the Ferguson case, this one was captured on video and allegedly involves an armed teen.

"We reviewed the video and it appears that there was a gun pointed at the officer before the officer fired," Hoskins said. It "does not appear that the police officer initiated" the incident, he said.

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December 26th, 2014
09:50 AM ET

Seven arrested for allegedly posting, phoning in threats to NYPD

New York (CNN) - Seven men have been arrested in connection with alleged threats made toward police officers since Saturday afternoon, when two NYPD officers were shot in the head from behind while sitting in their patrol car, New York City police said.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that they have assessed hundreds of online postings and calls to 911 and pressed the public to continue to report any suspicious activity.

"All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information," the statement read.

The arrests come as an investigation is underway into Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the 28-year-old who authorities say shot Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn.

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December 26th, 2014
09:45 AM ET

Airstrike kills ISIS-appointed governor in Mosul

(CNN) - The latest ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul was killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday, according to Iraqi police.

Hassan Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Taluut, was killed 18 miles south of Mosul in the village of Qayyara, according to Maj. Gen. Watheq Al-Hamdani, a senior regional Iraqi police commander who is leading the government's efforts to retake Mosul from ISIS.

Jabouri is the second ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul killed by airstrikes and had been in office for less than 25 days.

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December 26th, 2014
09:31 AM ET

Putin cancels holiday vacation for Kremlin

(CNN) - Vladimir Putin delivered a lump of coal in the Kremlin's stocking this year when he announced Thursday that he has canceled holiday vacations for members of the government.

Russia's President delivered the bad news at a December 25 meeting he convened of his government, but for those thinking that his timing was merely the diabolical twist of a maniacal scrooge, Christmas is celebrated in Russia on January 7, the traditional date in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

"The Government and its various structures cannot afford such extensive holidays, at least not this year," Putin told government ministers in a speech broadcast on state television. "You know what I am talking about."

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