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China Condemns 'Cyber Terrorism'

  • condemn: China condemned cyber terrorism, but said more proof is needed that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures.
  • hack: China condemned cyber terrorism, but said more proof is needed that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures.
  • block: Its comments came a day after the United States asked China for help blocking cyber attacks from the North.
  • oppose: China says it opposes cyber attacks on third parties through making use of the facilities of another country.
  • accuse: The comments from China’s Foreign Ministry came after the United States accused North Korea of hacking Sony Pictures.

Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

  • afraid: I was afraid to ask her too many questions because she was hysterical," Seay said.
  • survive: Thompson was in critical condition at a University of Maryland Medical Center and is expected to survive.
  • suspect: After seeing news reports about the New York shooting and the suspect's photo, Seay's sister figured out it that she had seen Brinsley running.

Police departments on alert after cop killings

  • imminent: The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide, though authorities haven't said if they believe any threats are imminent.
  • investigator: Investigators are trying to determine if Brinsley had taken part in any protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose names he invoked in his online threat, or simply latched onto the cause for the final act in a violent rampage.
  • invoke: Investigators are trying to determine if Brinsley had taken part in any protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose names he invoked in his online threat, or simply latched onto the cause for the final act in a violent rampage.
  • tense: The slayings come at a tense time as police nationwide are being criticized following Garner's death in a New York officer's chokehold and Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • criticize: The slayings come at a tense time as police nationwide are being criticized following Garner's death in a New York officer's chokehold and Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ariz. sheriff aims to halt Obama immigration order

  • violate: Klayman and his client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress and say drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped.
  • drastic: Klayman and his client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress and say drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped.
  • program: Klayman and his client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress and say drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped.
  • defendant: It is unmistakable that the only thing that is broken about the nation's immigration laws is that the defendants are determined to break those laws.
  • nominee: The case is being handled by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, former general counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and an Obama nominee.

List of people being honored as Carnegie Heroes

  • rescue: Frederick J. Levesque Jr., 52, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, who rescued a 7-year-old girl from a burning apartment in Somers, Connecticut, in December 2013.
  • drown: Brett Allen Thoele, 36, of Shorewood, Illinois, who helped save a man from drowning in Branson, Missouri, in June 2013.
  • vehicle: Pawel L. Kruszewski, 28, of Auburn, Maine, who saved three men from a burning vehicle that crashed in September 2013.
  • crash: Pawel L. Kruszewski, 28, of Auburn, Maine, who saved three men from a burning vehicle that crashed in September 2013.
  • subdue: Bernard Kozen, 56, of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, who saved others by subduing a gunman who killed three people at a municipal meeting in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, in August 2013.

AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

  • development: In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
  • outbreak: In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
  • conflict: In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
  • fuel: In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
  • ballot: Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among 15 different stories.

Young immigrants to line up for driver's licenses

  • immigrant: The Arizona Department of Transportation said it is anticipating a rush of immigrant applicants in the weeks ahead at Motor Vehicle Division offices statewide,.
  • injunction: A preliminary injunction issued Dec. 18 by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants.
  • issue: A preliminary injunction issued Dec. 18 by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants.
  • enforce: A preliminary injunction issued Dec. 18 by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants.
  • policy: A preliminary injunction issued Dec. 18 by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants.

AP: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

  • investigate: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect, violence or other troubles in the home.
  • protective: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect, violence or other troubles in the home.
  • instance: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect, violence or other troubles in the home.
  • violence: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect, violence or other troubles in the home.
  • hair: Just two weeks after Mattisyn was born on June 25, 2013, he came home drunk, grabbed his wife by her hair and threw her to the kitchen floor while she clung to the newborn.

AP: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

  • investigate: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home.
  • protective: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home.
  • instance: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home.
  • violence: They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home.
  • warn: Maine hotline workers had received at least 13 calls warning that Ethan or his siblings were suffering abuse.

Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

  • weigh: Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency- Yahoo News.
  • budget: Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency- Yahoo News.
  • major: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.
  • assess: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.
  • conservative: Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month.

Sentencing slated in rape case probation violation

  • consume: Matt Belardine admitted leaving the state without permission and going to a bar, consuming alcohol, and being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct in Arizona, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
  • alcohol: Matt Belardine admitted leaving the state without permission and going to a bar, consuming alcohol, and being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct in Arizona, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
  • arrest: Matt Belardine admitted leaving the state without permission and going to a bar, consuming alcohol, and being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct in Arizona, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
  • arrest: Belardine was arrested last month in Arizona at a protest over the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting, according to media reports.
  • protest: Belardine was arrested last month in Arizona at a protest over the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting, according to media reports.

Man who helped subdue gunman among Carnegie Heroes

  • disarm: Bernard Kozen was the 56-year-old parks director of Ross Township when he tackled, disarmed and subdued 60-year-old Rockne Newell on Aug. 5, 2013.
  • possible: Newell is awaiting trial and faces the possible death penalty for allegedly killing three people in a dispute over his property.
  • penalty: Newell is awaiting trial and faces the possible death penalty for allegedly killing three people in a dispute over his property.
  • dispute: Newell is awaiting trial and faces the possible death penalty for allegedly killing three people in a dispute over his property.
  • process: Newell was shot in the leg in the process and subdued until police could arrive.

US black activists call Twitter protest

  • activist: BBC News- BBCTrending: US black activists call Twitter protest.
  • protest: BBC News- BBCTrending: US black activists call Twitter protest.
  • activist: Black social media activists in the US are laying down their phones to go on strike in protest at their treatment by mainstream academics and media.
  • protest: Black social media activists in the US are laying down their phones to go on strike in protest at their treatment by mainstream academics and media.
  • treatment: Black social media activists in the US are laying down their phones to go on strike in protest at their treatment by mainstream academics and media.

Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

  • mayor: Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor- Yahoo News.
  • crisis: NEW YORK (Reuters)- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States.
  • career: NEW YORK (Reuters)- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States.
  • avenge: NEW YORK (Reuters)- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States.
  • protest: New York police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest during a news conference and their union said the mayor had blood on his hands after Saturday's shooting.

In wake of police killings, New York officers on edge

  • demonstrator: In his 13 years on the force, Hamm had never encountered demonstrators shouting out anything like that.
  • shout: In his 13 years on the force, Hamm had never encountered demonstrators shouting out anything like that.
  • warn: Nor had he ever seen anything like what happened one week later, on Satur day: a lone gunman, hours after warning on Instagram that he planned an attack in retribution for U.S. police killings of black men, gunned down two NYPD officers as they sat in a cruiser in broad daylight near a bustling intersection in Bedford Stu yvesant, Brooklyn.
  • retribution: Nor had he ever seen anything like what happened one week later, on Satur day: a lone gunman, hours after warning on Instagram that he planned an attack in retribution for U.S. police killings of black men, gunned down two NYPD officers as they sat in a cruiser in broad daylight near a bustling intersection in Bedford Stu yvesant, Brooklyn.
  • vulnerable: The killing of the two police officers Saturday comes at a time when police in New York already feel vulnerable.

Timeline of events before and after NY cop deaths

  • dispatch: Baltimore County police are dispatched to Brinsley's ex-girlfriend's home in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland.
  • accident: Brinsley calls his ex-girlfriend's mother and tells her he shot her daughter by accident and hopes she will survive.
  • survive: Brinsley calls his ex-girlfriend's mother and tells her he shot her daughter by accident and hopes she will survive.
  • account: Police in Baltimore discover Brinsley has made posts from his Instagram account that threaten to kill officers.
  • advise: Police in Baltimore call the 70th precinct in New York, advising the NYPD that the phone of a suspect in the Owings Mills shooting is pinging in Brooklyn.

2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself

  • account: Brinsley, 28, wrote on an Instagram account before Saturday's shootings: " I 'm putting wings on pigs today.
  • confirm: They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," two city officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed for The Associated Press.
  • passenger: Police said Brinsley approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.
  • crime: The officers were on special patrol doing crime reduction work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
  • sudden: The sudden and extraordinary violence stunned the city, prompted a response from a vacationing President Barack Obama and escalated weeks of simmering ill will between police and their critics following grand jury decisions not to indict officers in the deaths of Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Missouri.

US-Cuba deal has vocal critics

  • propitiate: Who is next to find that America is today more interested in propitiating its enemies than in protecting its allie s?”
  • propitiate: In more than a few chanceries the question that will be asked as this year ends is 'who is next to find that America is today more interested in propitiating its enemies than in protecting its allie s?'
  • embargo: The Cuban embargo, writes Vo x's Matthew Yglesias, is the " longest-running joke in American foreign policy, and something that can't come to an end a moment too soon ".
  • foreign: The Cuban embargo, writes Vo x's Matthew Yglesias, is the " longest-running joke in American foreign policy, and something that can't come to an end a moment too soon ".
  • policy: The Cuban embargo, writes Vo x's Matthew Yglesias, is the " longest-running joke in American foreign policy, and something that can't come to an end a moment too soon ".