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at 03:53 on December 21, 2014, EST.

2 New York police officers killed in ambush shooting; gunman kills self in subway station

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A gunman who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two New York City officers in a patrol car and fatally shot them in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

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at 22:10 on December 20, 2014, EST.

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children whose bodies were found inside her home

SYDNEY - An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.

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at 21:21 on December 20, 2014, EST.

Among 2014's notable deaths: 2 who reshaped lives after violence, and stars who died too soon

They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during the Korean War.

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at 17:34 on December 20, 2014, EST.

Anti-Castro protesters in Miami blast Obama, say 'it's not the time' for more Cuba-US ties

MIAMI - Waving U.S. and Cuban flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation.

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at 17:05 on December 20, 2014, EST.

4 teens die in fiery head-on crash in Pennsylvania; 1 car lands upside-down, other splits in 2

PALMERTON, Pa. - Authorities say speed was a factor in a fiery head-on crash in eastern Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of four teens and left one car upside-down and another split in two.

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at 16:18 on December 20, 2014, EST.

Raul Castro's blunt message to Washington: Detente won't change the system Cubans fought for

HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.

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