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Report: Yankees charity to support family of dead cop

A charity with links to the New York Yankees baseball team will support the family of one of the police officers who was shot dead at the weekend, according to a local media report.

The report says the foundation will pay for the education of the two sons of Rafael Ramos.

The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation was set up because Yankees owner George Steinbrenner wanted to do something to help the family of another police officer who was killed in the line of duty 32 years ago.

It continues to support the families of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees.


Spanish Princess to appear in court for tax fraud

Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are accused of fraud. Credit: Gonzalo/Cooper Photographers/EMPICS Entertainment

Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of tax fraud.

The charges were brought as part of an investigation into the business dealings of Cristina's husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is accused of embezzling millions in public funds through his non-profit Noos Foundation.

It will be the first time a member of the Spanish royal family has sat in the dock. Princess Cristina and her husband have both denied wrongdoing.

Man dies after police shoot him with a Taser

A man has died after he was shot with a Taser by police responding to reports of a house burglary.

A police officer holds a Taser X26 in one hand fitted with blue training cartriges. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Staffordshire Police said officers discharged the weapon after being called to an address in Audley Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, just after 1am.

A force spokesman said the occupants were not at home at the time, but police arrive to find a man inside.

He said: "During the incident, a Taser was discharged by officers and the man was taken to a police vehicle."

The man then became "unresponsive" and, despite treatment by paramedics, he died.

Conservatives defend street light 'switch off' claims

The Conservative party has defended its record on street lighting after a Labour survey showed that three-quarters of English councils are switching off or dimming some street lights at night.

This is complete hypocrisy from the Labour Party, given when in government, the likes of Ed Miliband and Hilary Benn bullied and cajoled councils into cutting street lights as part of their climate change zealotry in Whitehall.

This Government values the role of street lighting - but it should be a local decision, street by street, on what local residents actually want in their neighbourhood.

– Brandon Lewis, Communities minister

Court revokes bail for wife of Sydney hostage-taker

Amirah Droudis was on bail charged in connection with the murder of her husband's former wife. Credit: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

A court in Australia has ordered bail revoked for the wife of Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Sheikh who stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint last week, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.

Amirah Droudis, on bail after being charged with the stabbing death of Monis' former wife who was found set alight in a Sydney apartment block, was ordered by a Sydney court to return to jail to await trial.

Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free on bail.

Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson cited Droudis' prior convictions, the particularly heinous nature of the alleged offence and the slight possibility she might skip bail as factors in deciding to remand her in custody until trial.


US police officers advised to wear bulletproof vests

Police unions in the US have advised officers to take extra precautions after two New York Police Department (NYPD) cops were gunned down at the weekend, NBC News reports.

A directive to the 35,000 officers of the NYPD advised officers to work in threes on the street and to wear bulletproof vests.

Similar directives went out to officers in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston.

New York police officers turn backs on Mayor

Police officers in New York have turned their back on the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, as he arrived at a hospital to pay tribute to two officers killed by a gunman.

According to the New York Times, the protest was encouraged by union leaders because the mayor has campaigned against "overreaching by police" under his predecessor.

(Credit: YouTube / NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio was visiting Woodhull Hospital on Saturday evening to give a press conference on the murder of the two police officers.

Alleged abuse survivors welcome new inquiry proposals

Dozens of survivors of alleged child abuse have welcomed moves by the Home Secretary which could see the panel investigating the claims disbanded and a more powerful body put in its place.

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Theresa May wrote to the panel's members setting out her plan for the inquiry to be given statutory powers, including the ability to compel witnesses to give evidence.

The move has left members of the panel "devastated" that they could face being removed from the inquiry, but more than 60 victims and their representatives have backed a proposal which could see the investigation start again from scratch.

South Korea nuclear plants computer system hacked

Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear power plant operator have been hacked, he company and the Seoul government have said.

However, NBC New reports that only "non-critical" data has been lost and there is no risk to the safety of the country's 23 nuclear reactors.

The attacks come amid concerns that North Korea may mount cyber-attacks against industrial and social targets after allegations by the United States that Pyongyang was responsible for a devastating hacking assault on Sony Pictures.

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