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NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the gunman who ambushed two New York City police officers on Saturday had been a bystander at a protest against police violence on Dec. 1. Police say he recorded some of the rally on a cellphone. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a halt to political comments blaming protesters for contributing to the deaths. De Blasio has also called on protests to be postponed until after the officers' funerals. Some protest leaders say they won't heed de Blasio's request.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The family of a black, mentally ill Milwaukee man fatally shot by a white police officer who was later fired, is speaking against any violence now that the officer has been cleared. An eight-month investigation by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chislom has determined that the officer acted in self-defense. Witnesses say the officer and Dantre Hamilton fought after the officer attempted to frisk the homeless man. He had been sleeping at a park.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York congressman who made headlines in January after telling a local cable TV news station reporter he wanted to throw him off a balcony in the Capitol plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge. The reporter had asked Rep. Michael Grimm about a campaign finance inquiry. Lawyers for Grimm and federal prosecutors won't comment on word of the plea, which comes from a person familiar with the case.

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors burned by convicted swindler Bernard Madoff could be getting back more of their money. The trustee in charge of recovering funds for Madoff's victims says he is asking a New York bankruptcy court for permission to distribute another $322 million. A total of $7.2 billion has been returned to investors so far. Madoff's decades long Ponzi scheme bilked about $20 billion from thousands of investors.

LONDON (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker is dead. His agent says Cocker died early today of lung cancer in Colorado. Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and his cover of the Beatles song "With a Little Help From My Friends." The ballad "You Are So Beautiful" was a Top Ten hit in 1975. Cocker was 70.

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