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national lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Democratic congressman: NYC protesters should hold off

(CNN) – There is an ongoing divide between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department following the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers.

The mayor asked protesters to postpone any demonstrations until after both officers were laid to rest, but they have promised to defy his wishes, and take to the streets Tuesday.

"I understand people's right to demonstrate. But if, in fact, you are part of the voices for justice that
we're talking about for Mr. Brown and Mr. Garner, then I think that you should respect the call of the mayor, of the borough president of Brooklyn, and let's hold off," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-New York.
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December 23rd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Tornadoes hit various areas of Mississippi

(CNN) - [Breaking News update, posted at 4:31 p.m. E.T.]

A tornado touched down in various parts of Mississippi on Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind injuries and structural damage, said local authorities.

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politics lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:25 PM ET

A felon serve in Congress? Michael Grimm will test House

Washington (CNN) - After pleading guilty to a judge Tuesday on a felony tax evasion charge, New York Rep. Michael Grimm pledged to reporters he would also stay in Congress.

Grimm pled guilty in court to one count of tax evasion and was set to submit to a "statement of facts" that admits to all the conduct alleged in the 20-count federal indictment.

He apologized for his actions and took responsibility, but said the unpaid taxes from a New York restaurant he once owned were all a big mistake.

"As long as I'm able to serve I'm going to serve," Grimm said. Reelected in November, he was is set to be sworn in to a new term in January.

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December 23rd, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Delta baggage handler accused of smuggling guns on flights

Atlanta (CNN) - A baggage handler for Delta Air Lines moved a lot more than just luggage, authorities say - he also helped smuggle firearms.

And his accomplice managed to board a flight with 18 guns and ammunition in his carry-on bag, an affidavit states.

Eugene Harvey, who worked for Delta at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is accused of trafficking firearms and entering an airport area in violation of security requirements.

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December 23rd, 2014
05:20 PM ET

Naughty politicians inspire sex scandal play

(CNN) – Mark Twain first told us that truth can be stranger than fiction, which is of course true. But in this instance, it's funnier, too.

That's the premise behind the off-Broadway comedy "Tail! Spin!," the story of some of the most memorable political sex scandals of recent times. Remember these classics?

Mark Sanford, former South Carolina Governor: "As much as I did talk about going to the Appalachian Trail, that isn't where I ended up."

Anthony Weiner, former U.S. Congressman: "I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations, conducted over Twitter, Facebook, email and occasionally on the phone with women I had met online."

Larry Craig, former Idaho Senator: "I am not gay. I have never been gay."

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