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2 NYPD officers shot dead...Rally against police brutality in MN... 4 PA teens die in head-on crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 20, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say two New York City police officers are dead after a gunman ambushed them inside their patrol car before committing suicide. The shooting took place this afternoon in Brooklyn's tough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Police say the suspect in the shooting ran inside a subway station and fatally shot himself in the head.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A rally at the Mall of America in Minnesota is part of protests happening nationwide after police officers weren't charged in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Demonstrators filled the mall's rotunda today and chanted "Black lives matter" to protest police brutality. There were reports of some shopping disruptions but no reports of arrests.

PALMERTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say speed was a factor in a fiery head-on crash in eastern Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of four teenagers and left one car upside-down and another split in two. State troopers in Carbon County say the wreck occurred last evening in Lower Towamensing Township. Two other people were hurt in the crash.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the transfer of four Afghans from Guantanamo to their home country is a sign of confidence in the new Afghan president. The four had previously been cleared for release. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is not happy about it. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon calls the transfer "completely irresponsible."

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say Egypt's powerful intelligence chief has been removed and replaced by his deputy. The outgoing general, who's in his mid- 60s, was put in charge of the intelligence agency immediately after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013. Officials say the general was relieved of his intelligence post for health reasons.

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