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Sony May Release The Interview, Argentine Court Recognizes Rights of Orangutan, More Details on Alleged NYPD Cop Killer: A.M. Links

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  • More details have emerged about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot two NYPD officers, his ex-girlfriend, and himself over the weekend. Brinsley had a history of petty crime and suffered from mental health problems. "No members of his family spoke of Mr. Brinsley with fondness," The New York Times reports. 

  • New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told the Today Show this morning that while "some" NYPD officers are partially blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio for this weekend's cop shootings, he doesn't "support that particular activity" and does not think de BLasio has made the city less safe.
  • "People actually like the stabilty that the Islamic State has brought them," says German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer after spending time within the caliphate in Iraq.
  • Sony may release The Interview on YouTube. 
  • The Cato Institute has officially ended its relationship with former Czech Republic President (and longtime libertarian luminary) Vaclav Klaus, reportedly over his defense of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
  • An Argentine court has ruled that an orangutan is a "non-human person" rather than a "thing" and, as such, should be accorded some legal rights. 
  • President Obama has reportedly selected Atlanta attorney Sally Quillian Yates as his nominee for deputy attorney general. If she and Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch are both confirmed by the Senate, the Department of Justice would be led by two women, both from outside of Washington, the Wall Street Journal notes.

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