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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering full support and federal assistance to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers.

The White House says Obama called New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing and offered condolences.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a gunman who ambushed two officers in their car told two passers-by to "watch what I'm going to do."

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley talked to people on the street just moments before the shooting and told them to follow him on the social media site Instagram.

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The mother and widow of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer, on Sunday condemned the shooting of two officers in Brooklyn.

"We are going in peace, and anyone who is standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner's name for violence because we are not about that," Garner's mother Gwen Carr said at a press conference with Al Sharpton. "These two (NYPD) police officers lost their lives senselessly. Our condolences to the families — and we stand with the families."

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Sony lawyer David Boies on Sunday said that the company will find a way to distribute "The Interview," even though the film's release was delayed after Sony's emails were hacked and threats were made related to the film.

"Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed," Boies said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday avoided blaming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for the shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn.

On CBS' "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer asked Graham about a tweet from former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) placing blame on de Blasio and Attorney General Eric Holder.

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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.

Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.

In November 2016, Republicans will defend 24 seats, Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats are in states that President Barack Obama won with 50 percent or more of the vote in 2012.

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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay-area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody.

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