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2 officers 'assassinated' in NYC...Cyberattack response...Obama: better relations, more influence

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner says two officers shot to death yesterday as they sat in their car were "assassinated — targeted for their uniform." Commissioner Bill Bratton says gunman Ismaaiyl (IHSH'-mayl) Brinsley shot and wounded his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier yesterday and made online posts about killing police in retaliation for the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by police.

HONOLULU (AP) — The Bush administration removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 2008, but Pyongyang could be put back on that list. President Barack Obama tells CNN's "State of the Union" the U.S. is reviewing such a move as a possible response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The FBI has blamed the communist nation for the hacking.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says warming relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at a time of generational change. In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Obama says 50 years of trying to overthrow the Castro government through isolation hasn't worked and it's time to try something different. But in a speech to Cuba's National Assembly yesterday, President Raul Castro vowed that his country would not "abandon the ideas that it has struggled for" simply to improve relations with the U.S.

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region is vowing to crush the Islamic State group. Masoud Barzani made the remarks to peshmerga troops today as he toured their positions on Mt. Sinjar. Below, the sound of explosions and intense gunbattles could be heard coming from inside the town of Sinjar. Islamic State militants captured the town last summer, but Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched an offensive last week to retake it.

LONDON (AP) — Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish have officially converted their civil partnership into a marriage. The couple was able to marry under new laws that took effect in England earlier this year, and the ceremony took place exactly nine years after they entered into a civil partnership. The singer has praised England for changing its laws and said the wedding would be a joyous occasion shared with their children.

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