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New York Post:
2 NYPD cops shot dead ‘execution style’ in Brooklyn  —  A possible suspect was found shot at the scene and rushed to a nearby hospital.  —  Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead — execution style — as they sat in their marked police car on a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, street corner.
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NY Daily News:
Two NYPD officers dead in ‘ambush’ while sitting in patrol car in Brooklyn by gunman who boasted on Instagram about killing cops for ‘revenge’ (GRAPHIC IMAGES)  —  Ismaaiyl Brinsley fired at the officers in their squad car outside of the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant sources said.
New York Times:
Two N.Y.P.D. Officers Are Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect Commits Suicide  —  Two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers.
Alyssa Zauderer / New York's PIX11:
VIDEO: NYPD officers turn away from Mayor de Blasio as he enters police presser for murdered cops  —  PIX11 — Police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he walked into the police press conference about the two NYPD officers shot and killed execution-style in Brooklyn.
Fox News:
2 NYPD officers shot, killed in ambush on cop car  —  DEVELOPING: Two New York City police officer were shot and killed Saturday after they were shot by a gunman as they sat inside a patrol car.  —  The attack took place in Brooklyn at around 3 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Killer of 2 NYPD officers first shot ex-girlfriend in Owings Mills  —  The shooting of a woman at an Owings Mills apartment complex was the precursor for the ambush killing of two New York City police officers later in the day, law enforcement officials said.
Andy Newman / New York Times:
Updates on Fatal Shooting of Two N.Y.P.D. Officers  —  Updated, 11:17 p.m. Two police officers were fatally shot as they sat in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on Saturday afternoon.  The assailant then killed himself, the police said.  Read the full story.  —  These updates are done for the day.
Discussion: Capital New York
CNN:
2 New York police officers shot to death  —  New York (CNN) — Two New York City police officers were shot and killed ambush-style Saturday as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, according to two law enforcement sources.  —  Both officers were shot in the head, one of the sources said.
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
Gunman Kills Two NYPD Officers In Brooklyn  —  “They were, quite simply, assassinated,” said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, of the two officers shot in their patrol car Saturday in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Police said the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley …
Discussion: TalkLeft and ThinkProgress
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Two NYC Police Officers Assassinated ‘Execution Style’
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama: No justification for murder of NYC police  —  HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York.  —  Obama says there's no justification for the slayings.
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Associated Press:
GOP to back ‘The Interview’ if it gets to theaters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the movie “The Interview” if theater owners reverse their decision not to show the film amid threats of retaliation for its comedic take on assassinating North Korea's leader.
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:   AP source: US seeks China's help after cyberattack
Fox News:
North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US
Associated Press:
Holder calls police shootings ‘act of barbarism’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers as senseless and an “unspeakable act of barbarism.”  —  The officers were shot Saturday in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
Lauren French / Politico:
Obama's Republican ally on Cuba  —  How a conservative Mormon became the biggest Republican Cuba advocate.  —  It all started when Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake found himself in a dark park in Havana trying to score some ice cream.  —  Flake, a devout Mormon, doesn't drink or smoke …
Discussion: TIME
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Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:   Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift
Agence France-Presse:
Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon  —  1 hr ago  —  Washington (AFP) - Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Saturday.  —  The Department of Defense said that the Afghan men …
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