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  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:46:28 GMT

    Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men were working out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as part of a special detail to help with crime reduction in the area.

  • NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:06:10 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday.

  • Police seek answers in killing of 2 NYPD officers

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:08:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers Sunday to change up their routines and insist on extra backup after a gunman who had ranted online about the slayings of black men killed two New York patrolmen sitting in their squad car.

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:36:57 GMT

    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.

  • Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:56 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

  • Timeline of events before, after NYPD cop deaths

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:42 GMT

    A timeline of events on Saturday in the hours before and moments after two NYPD officers were shot in their cruiser by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

  • Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30K

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:09:49 GMT

    LODI, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000.

  • Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:03:37 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.

  • Authorities ID woman shot by man who killed of 2 NYPD cops

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:57:29 GMT

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are identifying a woman who was shot by the same man who killed two NYPD officers before shooting himself to death.

  • Sharpton denounces violence against police

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:18:08 GMT

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

  • Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:11:16 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

  • Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.

  • Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:10:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

  • 2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:34:11 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two New York City officers in a patrol car and fatally shot them in broad daylight before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

  • Jordan hangs 11 after lifting ban on executions

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:33:07 GMT

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Interior Ministry says the kingdom has hanged 11 people convicted of murder, the first executions to take place in the country in eight years.

  • Gabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:04:29 GMT

    LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.

  • Israel arrests more from Jewish extremist group

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:50:09 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence.

  • Michael Brown's family condemns shootings of NYC officers

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:20:38 GMT

    The family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers.

  • AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:33:36 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

  • Obama: No justification for murder of NYC police

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:21:19 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York.