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President condemns killings of NYC officers...Official: Gunman made anti-police posts... Police brutality protest

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 20, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers, saying there's no justification for the slayings. Obama says police officers risk their own safety to serve and protect their communities and that they deserve the public's respect and gratitude. The officers were ambushed Saturday as they were sitting inside their cruiser on a Brooklyn street. Authorities say the gunman later killed himself.."

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner says the gunman who ambushed and killed two officers on Saturday shot and wounded his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day. William Bratton says the shooter had posted comments that were "very anti-police" from the woman's Instagram account. Police say the gunman fatally shot himself at a subway stop.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — "Black lives matter." That was the theme of a large protest in Minnesota's Mall of America on Saturday. Organizers say the goal of the demonstration was to raise awareness about police brutality and racial profiling issues. At least part of the mall was shut down. Bloomington police say 25 people were arrested, mainly for reasons such as trespassing.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali is in an undisclosed hospital with a mild case of pneumonia. He was admitted on Saturday. Ali's spokesman says the 72-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition. He says Ali's prognosis is good because the pneumonia was caught early and that a short hospital stay is expected.

HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for its cooperation as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures that the U.S. blames on North Korea. A senior Obama administration official says Washington and Beijing have shared information about the hack and that China agrees that destructive cyberattacks violate the norms of appropriate behavior in cyberspace.

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