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Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash
NEW YORK (AP) -- Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.... 12/21/2014 10:26 PM

NY cop killer had long criminal history
NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.... 12/21/2014 11:02 PM

A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush
Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men were working out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as part of a special detail to help with crime reduction in the area.... 12/21/2014 10:46 PM

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock
MIAMI (AP) -- The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.... 12/21/2014 4:28 PM

QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.... 12/22/2014 12:52 AM

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.... 12/21/2014 4:41 PM

NYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technology
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's subways - the nation's biggest mass transit network - serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression.... 12/21/2014 5:59 PM

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.... 12/21/2014 10:07 PM

Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit
DETROIT (AP) -- Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business.... 12/21/2014 8:04 PM

7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after their game with Green Bay on Sunday, injuring seven people, officials and witnesses said.... 12/22/2014 12:28 AM