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Singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70

Monday, December 22, 2014 11:05am

British singer Joe Cocker speaks after receiving the trophy for Category 'lifetime achievement award music' during 48th Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin(Reuters) - The raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," has died, his agent said on Monday. He was 70. Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker's agent Barrie Marshall in England, confirmed the death, but gave no other details. (Reporting by Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey; Editing by Peter Galloway)

Ex-police officer not charged in Milwaukee shooting death

Monday, December 22, 2014 11:04am

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was acting in self defense and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after dozens of demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested. Christopher Manney, who was fired from the Milwaukee police force, shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times during a struggle in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee on April 30, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement. "My decision ... ...

AP NewsAlert

Monday, December 22, 2014 11:00am

NEW YORK (AP) — NYC mayor: Halt protests, political debate until after funerals for 2 slain officers.

Express Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal

Monday, December 22, 2014 10:59am

FILE - This July 21, 2011, file photo shows a building on the Express Scripts campus in Berkeley, Mo. Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more expensive options from rival drugmakers. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into the fight over high-cost hepatitis C drugs with a coverage restriction that might ultimately lower prices and improve patient access to groundbreaking treatments for the liver-destroying virus.

New York police commissioner urges calm in police ties with mayor

Monday, December 22, 2014 10:58am

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 City's police commissioner urged an easing of tensions on Monday after some in his force, responding to the fatal shooting of two officers, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of being insufficiently supportive of police. The U.S. Justice Department on Monday condemned Saturday's attack in which a 28-year-old man with a troubled history killed the two officers in their patrol car to avenge the killings by white officers of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. The gunman then killed himself. ...