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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers as a senseless and an "unspeakable act of barbarism." The officers were ambushed Saturday as they were sitting inside their cruiser on a Brooklyn street. Authorities say the gunman later killed himself. Holder calls the attack "cowardly."

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have offered a short response to North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The White House says the North Korean government "has a long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions" and if it wants to help, it can admit its "culpability" and compensate Sony for damages.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence. The arrests are part of a clampdown on the fringe organization, which has become a symbol of rising anti-Arab sentiment. The group has sought to break up Arab-Jewish couples and has waged campaigns to prevent Jews and Arabs from working together.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia. A spokesman for the boxing great says the pneumonia was caught early and Ali's stay in the hospital is expected to be short. Ali's public appearances have diminished in recent years as he continues to battle Parkinson's disease, but he still enjoys getting out, watching sports and visiting friends.

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii with some golf, but there's no getting away completely from the responsibilities of the office. A handful of protesters stood outside the entrance of the Obama's vacation home in Kailua holding signs that read "Close Guantanamo Now!" and "No more drone killings." The president also received a briefing on the shooting of two New York Police Department officers.

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