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US mulls putting NKorea on terror sponsor list...Mayor: NYC in mourning...Egypt opens Gaza border


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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obama tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the high-tech attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment isn't an act of war, but is a very expensive example of cybervandalism. The U.S. blames North Korea for the attack. Sony has canceled the release of the film "The Interview," which North Korea found offensive because it's about a plot to assassinate the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is in mourning after a gunman shot to death two police officers as they were sitting in their vehicles yesterday afternoon in Brooklyn. Officials say Ismaaiyl Brinsley had vowed to kill two police officers in retaliation for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police. Police say Brinsley shot himself in the head after officers chased him down.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram has released a video showing gunmen shooting to death civilians lying face down in a building. In the video, there are so many dead bodies that the gunmen have difficulty walking to bodies that still appear to be alive. A leader of the group declares the victims to be "infidels." The video comes two days after villagers fleeing Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria reported that the extremists have been rounding up elderly people and killing them.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months. The official in charge on the Gaza side says the Rafah crossing will only be open for two days, but it does offer temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave. Egypt closed the border in October following an attack in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's magnitude was 6.6.

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