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Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two 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, authorities said Sunday. Read More

 

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Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. More »

 

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. More »

 

How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. More »

 

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." More »

 

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. More »

 

2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. More »

 

Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. More »

 

Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business. More »

 

States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys. More »

 

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