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NEW YORK (AP) — New York police are trying to determine why a gunman ambushed two officers in their patrol car yesterday, killing both. Police say he posted online that he planned to kill officers in retaliation for the deaths of two unarmed black men. But investigators aren't sure if he really cared about police brutality protests or simply latched on to the cause to go out in a blaze of glory.

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders are condemning the ambush killings of two New York police officers yesterday and are afraid a backlash could derail the protest movement over police-involved deaths of unarmed black men. Police union officials and politicians are accusing protesters of fanning anti-police fervor. NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks says it's not fair to link "the criminal insanity of a lone gunman" to the recent protests.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Protests over police brutality are continuing across the country. Tonight in Cleveland, several dozen peaceful protesters gathered outside Quicken Loans Arena during the Cavaliers-Grizzlies NBA game to raise awareness about police shootings nationwide. The protesters carried signs that read: "Don't Let Cops Get Away With Murder" and "No Justice, No Peace."

CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — A judge is rejecting a plea by lawyers for a woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. The woman is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece at her home in northern Australia. She did not attend today's hearing at Cairns. The case has been adjourned until Jan. 30.

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The 74-year-old former NBC "Nightly News" anchor says he will soon begin a drug maintenance program after months of chemotherapy. In a memo to his colleagues, Brokaw noted that a year ago his future was "more uncertain" than he cared to acknowledge. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013.

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