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NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators in New York are trying to determine whether the gunman who killed two city police officers took part in protests over the deaths of two black men by police in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley had vowed in an Instagram post to put "wings on pigs" as retaliation for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Police departments across the country are telling their officers to be on alert and to wear bulletproof vests.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting today where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time. North Korea is accusing the United States and its allies of using the human rights issue as a weapon to overthrow the leadership of the impoverished but nuclear-armed nation. It also calls the dozens of people who fled the North and aided the commission of inquiry "human scum."
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Arizona sheriff is trying to halt President Barack Obama's plans to spare nearly 5 million immigrants from deportation. A lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) will try Monday to convince a federal court judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system is not really broken. It's the first courtroom battle for the program that prioritizes removal of immigrants who threaten national security or public safety. Arpaio sees the program as a way for more people to illegally enter the country and commit crimes.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A new reality TV show in Iraq forces convicted terrorists to come face-to-face with their victims. The popular show called "In the Grip of the Law," is produced by state-run Iraqiyya TV. It's among dozens of programs and public service announcements aimed at shoring up support for the troops. One reluctant cast member of "In the Grip of the Law" is a 21-year-old man convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings for the Islamic State extremist group.
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in Northern California have shot and killed a man who was holed up inside a burning house and fired more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses for several hours. The standoff near Auburn started Sunday morning. Authorities say before the house was fully engulfed in flames, the man was firing out of different windows in the house. He was shot by a deputy near a back door Sunday afternoon. Police say a family issue had set the man off.