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NEW YORK (AP) — Police departments across the country are telling their officers to be extra careful following the weekend ambush killing of two police officers in New York City. Officers in Newark, New Jersey, are being told not to patrol alone and to avoid people looking for confrontations. The chief of the NYPD has sent a memo asking officers to limit their comments on social media to "expressions of sorrow and condolence."

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it will be a no show at today's U.N. Security Council meeting where members for the first time will discuss the North's bleak human rights situation. Attention has focused on North Korea in recent days as the U.S. is blaming Pyongyang for the hacking attack on Sony Entertainment.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona is trying to put a stop to President Barack Obama's plans that would spare nearly 5 million immigrants from deportation. A lawyer Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) will argue before a federal court judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system is not really broken. Arpaio sees the program as a way for more people to illegally enter the country and commit crimes.

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A billboard that shows Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in the Northern California town of Chico. The billboard says, "We build AR's for Santa," and advertises for a gun range that assembles weapons for sale. The gun range owners tell a local TV news station they didn't intend to make the ad offensive. They say some people give guns as Christmas presents, and they put the ad up to draw attention to their fledgling business.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nineteen people are being honored today as Carnegie Heroes. The awards go to those who risk their lives for others. Two heroes who'll be recognized at today's ceremony in Pittsburgh are Donald Schaus Sr. of Katonah, New York, who saved an 82-year-old man from a burning apartment in Bedford Hills, New York, in February, and Richard Blessen of Crete, Nebraska, who saved two 14-year-old boys from drowning after they fell through ice in Duncan, Nebraska, in December 2013.

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