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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering federal assistance to the New York City police in the wake of the ambush killing of two officers. The White House says Obama called the city's police commissioner today from Hawaii, where he's vacationing, to offer condolences. Obama also said Americans must reject violence and instead turn to prayer and sympathy for the victims' relatives.

NEW YORK (AP) — The investigation into the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers is continuing. Investigators say the gunman, who later killed himself, had a criminal history with at least 19 arrests and his family said he tried to hang himself last year. Police say Ismaaiyl (IHSH'-mayl) Brinsley ranted online about police and government and expressed despair about his own life.

GARLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a man killed his girlfriend and her two children. Their bodies were found in the mobile home they shared last night. State police say the 27-year-old Garland resident has been charged with three counts of murder. Police say he was arrested this afternoon at an apartment building while visiting friends. Autopsies are scheduled Monday.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors that it orchestrated a cyberattack of Sony Pictures. And it's warning of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and, as Pyongyang puts it, "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." The U.S. is deciding if it will put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

PARIS (AP) — Police say a driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Dijon (DEE'-jon) in eastern France on Sunday night, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France. At least 11 people were hurt and the driver was arrested. There was a knife attack on police in another town Saturday and counter-terrorist police are investigating that.

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