Ambush slaying of Iowa police officers shocks social media

Social Cues: Also trending on Facebook and Twitter are the iPhone 8 and Lil Wayne.

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Police in Iowa are on high alert after two officers were murdered in ambushes.

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Social media is mourning two Iowa police officers killed in ambushes overnight.

Tributes to the two officers have been pouring in Wednesday from across the country as Twitter follows the breaking news.

Social Cues is your guide on what people are talking about on Twitter and Facebook each morning. Here is what's trending on Wednesday:

Des Moines: Two officers in the Des Moines area were killed in ambush-style attacks early Wednesday, police said. The two officers were just blocks apart and killed within 20 minutes of each other at about 1 a.m. local time Wednesday. As police hunt for the killer, the news sent shock waves through social media. The suspect has been identified as Scott Michael Greene of Urbandale, Iowa.

iPhone 8: Rumors are swirling as more than 1 million Facebook users speculate on what Apple's next phone will feature. Many are chatting about wireless charging for the iPhone 8, following a report from Nikkei Asian Reviews. Apple has apparently been raking up engineers from wireless charging companies and may well expect 2017 to be the year that wireless charging arrive for its phones.

Lil Wayne: The Young Money rapper's controversial remarks on the Black Lives Matter movement have frustrated many of its supporters on Twitter. In an interview Tuesday on "Nightline," Lil Wayne said that he is proof racism doesn't exist because he is rich and famous. He has since been widely criticized across social media for his views.

Christopher Reeve: The son of the famed "Superman" actor wants to be a real-life hero. Will Reeve is running in Sunday's New York City marathon for the first time in memory of his mother and father. He hopes to raise $35,000 for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Facebook users are cheering him on.

Kit Kat: Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat car. Someone entered a Kansas State University student's unlocked car on Sunday and left a note apologizing for the robbery -- the thief just loves Kit Kats so much. Facebook users are laughing about the offbeat theft, some even justifying that the chocolate bars are worth it.

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