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NYPD — A grand jury declined to bring charges against a New York police officer following the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner. 1,325 words, by Abby Ohlheiser, Cameron Barr and Elahe Izadi (Post). Also moved: NYPD-LYNCH.

CHOKEHOLD-POLICE — The difficulty of charging police officers who kill: Juries aren’t allowed to consider an officer’s subjective views, including whether he was motivated by race. 1,100 words, by Gail Sullivan (Post).

CHOKEHOLD-RACE — Eric Garner’s killing and why the police chokehold is so racially charged. 1,100 words, by Terrence McCoy and Abby Phillip (Post).

SONY — WASHINGTON — Investigators say hackers in North Korea are likley behind a cyberattack on Sony Entertainment. 1,180 words, by Ellen Nakashima, Craig Timberg and Andrea Peterson (Post).

LANDRIEU — BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu fights to keep her seat in the Senate. 1,400 by Sean Sullivan and Karen Tumulty (Post)

DEFENSE — WASHINGTON — A sweeping $521 billion package that authorizes the military to expand operations against Islamic State and provides billions for the upgrade of military equipment hits a snag. 990 words, by Ed O’Keefe (Post).

GIRLSCOUTS — Girl Scouts officials and privacy advocates are concerned that online cookie sales expose girls to the potential for cyber-bullying, online predators and other dangers of the Web. 1,000 words, by Hayley Tsukayama (Post).

INTHELOOP — WASHINGTON — When it fits their message, Democrats love to remind Republicans what their hero, Ronald Reagan, had done — especially if it involves taxes. 1,030 words, by Al Kamen (Post).

EBOLA-FEAR_ KOINADUGU, Sierra Leone — Six months after the Ebola outbreak began, experts say one of their biggest challenges is convincing people to trust the medical system. Families still hide suspected victims or refuse to take them to health facilities. 1,485 words, by Kevin Sieff. Six photos.

CHINA-DISSIDENTS — BEIJING — Days after The Post interviewed former cops, Chinese authorities arrested two of them. 960 words, by William Wan (Post). One photo.

RUSSIA — MOSCOW — When Russian authorities started going after outspoken pop icons this fall, they struck a nerve with many young people who claim to be largely apolitical. 1,000 words, by Karoun Demirjian (Post) One photo.

OBAMA-CONGRESS — WASHINGTON — President Obama’s attention on congressional Democrats marks a shift in his view on how to deal with Congress. 1,400 words, by Juliet Eilperin (Post).

PAKISTAN-ISRAEL — Analysis: The surprising parallels between Pakistan and Israel, two ideological states. 1,050 words, by Ishaan Tharoor (Post).

CITIES-DESIGN — Three brilliant ideas for giving aging urban streetscapes a modern facelift. 835 words, by Dominic Basulto (Post). Three photos.

HAWKING — Stephen Hawking just got an artificial intelligence upgrade, but still thinks AI could bring an end to mankind. 600 words, by Peter Holley (Post).

DOODLE-ANCIENT — Five-hundred-thousand-year-old shell markings may be the world’s first doodle. 345 words, by Rachel Feltman (Post). One photo.

RUSSIA-COMMENT — Can Russian leadership’s will survive oil’s ups and downs? 810 words, by Charles Lane (Post).

NUCLEAR-COMMENT — U.S. should shrink its nuclear arsenal. 670 words, by Dianne Feinstein (Post special).

COLLEGE-COMMENT — In defense of college: Higher education isn’t a bubble. It’s the driving force behind the development of our best minds. 1,000 words by Vivek Wadhwa (Post special).

HARASSERS-COMMENT — Until we figure out clearer standards for policing the way we talk to each other online, I’m sticking to the Mute button. 1,025 words, by Alyssa Rosenberg (Post).

RAPE-COMMENT — From Bill Cosby to UVA, giving the accused a chance to speak can provide a powerful portrait of the cultural factors that make rape common and hard to prosecute. 815 words, by Alyssa Rosenberg (Post).


FED — WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve reports broad- based employment gains across U.S. industries and regions, two days before the Labor Department issues its highly anticipated monthly jobs data. 650 words, by Jeff Kearns (Bloombeg).

AUTOS-WARNING — WASHINGTON — An early-warning system set up by the U.S. government is designed to protect drivers from auto defects. Narrow industry reporting requirements mean regulators could miss the next exploding air bag. 905 words, by Jeff Green, Margaret Cronin Fisk and Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg).

VIRGINIA-ASSAULT — University of Virginia faculty will seek to ban fraternities from campus for at least the rest of the academic year as investigators sort through a report of an alleged gang rape two years ago. 850 words, by Michael McDonald and Allyson Versprille (Bloomberg).

CARTER-ASSESS — WASHINGTON — President Obama’s pick for defense secretary gives him Pentagon expertise without the independent political power base of his three immediate predecessors. 1,145 words, by David Lerman and Mike Dorning (Bloomberg).

POLICE _JENNINGS, Mo. — President Obama’s push to mend relations between police and struggling communities faces a challenge: Cities like this community of 15,000 have fewer officers around to create goodwill. 1,020 words, by William Selway, Toluse Olorunnipa and Mark Niquette (Bloomberg).

ALZHEIMERS — NEW YORK — The latest promising Alzheimer’s disease drug trial is causing a burst of excitement for Biogen Idec investors, but neurologists note that other drugs that later failed in larger tests showed the same sort of initial promise. 850 words, by Caroline Chen and Michelle Fay Cortez (Bloomberg).

CANADA-OIL — CALGARY — Canadian oil producers’ ability to lure investors with generous dividends is being tested as cash flow is squeezed by crude trading near five-year lows. 750 words, by Jeremy van Loon and Rebecca Penty (Bloomberg).

SAUDI-OIL — TOKYO — Saudi Arabia will probably deepen discounts for crude supplies to Asia after leading OPEC to maintain its output target amid a global battle for market share, a trader survey shows. 650 words, by Yuji Okada and Heesu Lee (Bloomberg).

OIL-NDAKOTA — HOUSTON — Oil market analysts are debating if oil will fall to $50. In North Dakota, prices are already there. 680 words, by Dan Murtaugh (Bloomberg).

CHRISTIE-CANADA — TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Christie is headed to Canada on a trade mission to discuss energy, an issue central to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest. 920 words, by Terrence Dopp (Bloomberg).

VIETNAM — HANOI — Once heralded as a mini-China in luring foreign manufacturers with cheap labor, Vietnam struggles to keep its economic momentum; underskilled migrants seeker higher factory salaries are disappearing from official statistics as they become street vendors or day laborers. 1280 words, by Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen (Bloomberg). One photo.

APPLE-JOBS — SAN FRANCISCO — Before his death, Steve Jobs defended Apple’s use of software for the iPod and iTunes that blocked compatibility with a competing digital music store as necessary to protect licenses with major record labels. 560 words, by Joel Rosenblatt (Bloomberg).

WALMART — JOHANNESBURG — As South African supermarket chains seek to defend their business from Wal-Mart’s encroaching heft, the U.S. retailer is getting mired in a food fight at the mall. 828 words, by Janice Kew (Bloomberg).

SAUDI-OIL-COMMENT — While the Saudis are content with the global oil prices for now, there are political — if not economic — reasons they could be spurred to act against even greater declines in the months ahead. 1,085 words, by Meghan O’Sullivan (Bloomberg).

CLIMATE-OBAMA-COMMENT — The backstory on President Obama’s new climate regulations. 905 words, by Cass R. Sunstein (Bloomberg).

CARLSON — WASHINGTON — John Boehner’s fake red meat for angry Republicans. 955 words, by Margaret Carlson (Bloomberg).

PESEK — TOKYO — If Shinzo Abe wants to be remembered as more than a two-time failure as a Japanese leader, he should learn from the last one to achieve anything big: Junichiro Koizumi. 730 words, by William Pesek (Bloomberg).

AUTOS-GAS-COMMENT — Cheap oil won’t help Detroit sell more cars. 750 words, by Edward Niedermeyer (Bloomberg).

The Japan News

JAPAN-POLL — TOKYO — The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito will likely win more than 300 seats in the Dec. 14 House of Representatives election, according to predictions made by The Yomiuri Shimbun based on data including results of its nationwide poll. Developing (Yomiuri Shimbun).

Coming up this morning: editorials and commentary from The Post, Bloomberg View and The Japan News.

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