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Concern after NYPD officers ambushed...North Korea won't attend rights conference...Immigration challenge

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The ambush slayings of two NYPD officers has prompted a warning to big-city police rank and file to be extra wary, wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media. Authorities are investigating the man they say killed the officers. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had a violent past, killed himself.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is refusing to attend what would be the first discussions of its human rights record today by the United Nations Security Council following a scathing U.N.-backed inquiry. North Korea calls those who cooperated with the U.N. "human scum." Pyongyang is also on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking in the Sony case.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hearing is scheduled in federal court today on an effort by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. Lawyer Larry Klayman will try to argue that the immigration system isn't really broken — contrary to what the president says. Klayman in the past has petitioned to have Obama deported alleging that he falsely claimed U.S. citizenship.

BEIJING (AP) — China says it opposes cyberattacks by nations or individuals using a third country as a launch point. China's foreign minister made the comments to Secretary of State John Kerry. The minister did not directly condemn the Sony hacks that Washington has blamed on North Korea.

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge is going against a recommendation not to try the king's sister, Princess Cristina on tax fraud charges. He's ordered the princess to be tried along with her husband, making her the first member of the country's royal family to go to court since the royalty was restored in 1975. A prosecutor recommended fines for Christina.

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