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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyber experts say North Korea has been hit with major Internet outages and that access is "totally down." The blackout comes days after President Barack Obama warned that the U.S. would make a proportional response to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures that the government blames on North Korea. The Obama administration is declining to comment if the government is responsible for what's happening today in North Korea.

NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched and made a cell phone video of a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate. Investigators say Ismaaiyl (IHSH'-mayl) Brinsley was at a protest on Dec. 1, before a grand jury decided against charging a white officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. In online posts before the shooting, police say Brinsley vowed to kill police officers in retribution for the deaths of black men at the hands of white officers.

NEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the case tell The Associated Press that U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City is planning to plead guilty to a tax evasion charge instead of going to trial next month. A plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Lawyers for Grimm and federal prosecutors aren't commenting.

NEW YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators. The decision affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars made between January 2004 and August 2006.

CHICAGO (AP) — Many of the nearly 100 million holiday travelers expected to hit the road, head to airports and climb aboard trains in the coming days may have to negotiate rain or snow. Travelers from the Rockies to the Upper Great Lakes could see snow. A wide swath of the country, from the Mississippi Valley to Southern New England -- will have showers and thunderstorms.

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