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December 26th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

U.S. hopes to transfer dozens from Gitmo in 6 months, official says

(CNN) - The Obama administration hopes to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in the next six months as part of a stepped-up effort to reduce the population there, according to a U.S. official.

As many as five detainees are expected to be moved from the detention facility in the next few days, with several more transfers anticipated in early 2015, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The news comes less than a week after the United States announced it had repatriated four detainees from Guantanamo to Afghanistan, leaving 132 detainees at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba.

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December 26th, 2014
04:51 PM ET

How did hackers infiltrate and shutdown PlayStation and Xbox?

(CNN) – Sony's PlayStation networks were still down Friday after an alleged hack on one of the busiest gaming days of the year. Xbox, meanwhile, is mostly up, but some functions are limited, according to their service websites.

What was the purpose of shutting down these gaming networks?

Cyber security expert and former vice president of worldwide internet enforcement for the Motion Picture Association of America Hemu Nigam and Forbes columnist Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World," discuss in the video above

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December 26th, 2014
04:41 PM ET

Slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos saw streets as his ministry

New York (CNN) - Rafael Ramos was an unusual cop.

He saw the streets of New York as his ministry.

In fact, he was just hours away from becoming a lay chaplain and graduating from a community-crisis chaplaincy program before he and fellow New York police Officer Wenjian Liu were gunned down in their patrol car Saturday in Brooklyn.

The suspected gunman in the two officers' killing, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, was found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at a nearby subway station immediately after the slayings.

Services for Liu are still pending, but a wake for Ramos is Friday afternoon at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, New York. It will be followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. ET Friday and a funeral service Saturday morning.

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December 26th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Mayor: Antonio Martin is not Michael Brown

(CNN) – Police are investigating another shooting that has sparked protests and arrests.

It involved a white officer and a black teenager, and happened in Berkeley, Missouri, just a couple of miles from where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed.

But the mayor of Berkeley is saying this is not another Ferguson, because there is video of this confrontation, which appears to show 18-year-old Antonio Martin holding a gun.

"We have a video that details exactly what occurred," said Mayor Theodore Hoskins.

"The majority of the African American community is in shock, and when they see the video they will come to the same conclusion that I have, that this officer acted to protect himself," he said. "And for that reason it is not only the city of Berkeley, but the total community should be behind this officer."

Check out more of our interview with Mayor Theodore Hoskins in the video above.

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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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