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NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

By The Associated Press 5:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — 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 ...

Dr. Oz no wizard, fact-checkers say in study showing evidence doesn’t back claims

By The Los Angeles Times 7:15 p.m.
What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show”? Less than one-third of it can be backed up …

Obama fires back on foreign policy on Cuba, Russia

By The Los Angeles Times 7:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In a spirited defense of his foreign policy, President Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that normalizing relations with Cuba would bolster American influence there and that his diplomatic strategies to contain Russia and Iran are working. ...

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

By Reuters 7:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Obama moved Sunday to prevent American anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control by saying the enormous hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cybervandalism. Washington’s longstanding dispute with North ...

WikiLeaks releases purported CIA documents on operatives’ travel

By From Wire Reports 7:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks released what it said are two classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency detailing efforts to protect the identities of operatives during airport security screenings. The documents “aim to assist CIA undercover officials to circumvent” ...

Sony hack signals new, public front in cyber warfare

By Andrew Conte
Even if Sony’s movie “The Interview” was as unspeakably bad as some reviewers suggest, it would have been every American’s patriotic duty to go see ...

Poor morale, training in Air Force ICBM program spur questions about usefulness as nuclear deterrent

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Confronted with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, despite years of denial, that its problems run deep and ...

Document hunt to begin for illegals who need proof of residency since 2010 for permit, reprieve

By The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts. The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under measures President Obama announced last month. Applicants must ...

Financial fraudster used investors’ lucre to freeze dead wife, feds contend

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — An accused financial fraudster used backers’ money for a personal and uncommon purpose, prosecutors say: to have his wife’s body cryogenically frozen. While telling investors that he was putting their money in commodities, foreign exchange trading pools ...

3-D printed prosthetics give dog ability to run

By The Washington Post
Grab some tissues: An adorable dog named Derby, born with deformed front legs, has been given a set of 3-D printed prosthetics. And these custom-made legs, which he can rock back and forth on to keep from getting stuck in ...

IBM’s Watson supercomputing system to be applied to PTSD

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to use IBM’s Watson, the “Jeopardy”-winning supercomputing system designed to simulate human thinking, to advise doctors on treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, IBM announced last week. As part of a ...

World News

Pakistan fervent about anti-blasphemy law

By Ishtiaq Ahmed Special To The Tribune-Review
ISLAMABAD — Clad in a pink bridal dress, actress and model Veena Malik celebrated a mock wedding on a morning TV show this year, never ...

Middle East

In Mideast, refugee babies left stateless

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the ...

Betsy Hiel

Egypt’s beleaguered tourism industry bounces back

By Betsy Hiel
GIZA, Egypt — In front of the Giza Plateau’s Great Pyramids and Sphinx, tourists ride colorfully decorated camels or horses led by Egyptian boys. Tour buses ...