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North Korea blasts Washington over allegations...Police: Gunman spoke to people before shooting NYPD officers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 7:41 p.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such rhetoric from North Korea in times of high tension with Washington is routine.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says the gunman who ambushed two officers in their patrol car told two passers-by to "watch what I'm going to do." Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley talked to people on the street moments before killing Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu yesterday in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed early today by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant. The Pinellas County sheriff says police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of first-degree murder. The shooting does not appear to have any connection to the ambush killings of two New York police officers.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston has been cleared of the sexual assault allegations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing this month. A former student made the allegations against Winston two years ago. Documents say a former Florida Supreme Court judge found the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof."

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale is on top at the box office. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" took in $56.2 million over the weekend and has taken in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates. Opening in a distant second place was "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," another final installment. The Fox comedy took in $17.3 million.

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