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Sharpton denounces violence against police...Florida officer killed...'Hobbit' opens at No. 1

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Sharpton appeared with Garner's wife and mother this morning, a day after two NYPD officers were shot dead in their patrol car. Authorities say the gunman had posted messages online saying he intended to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Garner. He later killed himself.

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer who was fatally shot early today was a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Police say 45-year-old Charles Kondek was originally from New York and had served on in the New York City Police Department for more than five years. Authorities say a suspect in his killing was arrested after fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have made some arrests in last week's school massacre. Pakistan's interior minister says several people suspected of involvement in the attack have been arrested. Seven Taliban gunmen wearing explosives belts stormed a military-run school Peshawar (puh-SHAH'-wuhr) Tuesday and slaughtered 148 people, including 132 students. In response, Pakistan's government bombed militant hideouts in a tribal area along the Afghan border and lifted a ban on the execution of convicted terrorists.

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 after the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The U.S. says North Korea was behind the attack, which Obama described on CNN as "an act of cybervandalism." Sen. Lindsey Graham calls it an act of terror. The South Carolina Republican tells CBS North Korea should be designated as a sponsor of terrorism and tough new sanctions should be imposed.

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is the weekend's top movie. It's brought in an estimated $90.6 million since opening on Wednesday. That's the weakest debut of Peter Jackson's six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, but still one of the season's biggest releases. Opening in a distant second place was "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."

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