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No US comment on North Korea web outage...Angry officers...Milwaukee officer cleared

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Neither the White House nor the State Department will say if the U.S. has a role in widespread Internet outages gripping North Korea. One expert says Web access is "totally down." President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. would respond to the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats against theaters planning to show "The Interview." The comedy is about an assassination plot against North Korea's leader. The regime denies involvement.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's willing to meet with angry police union leaders who say he shares some of the blame for the weekend killing of two officers by supporting protests. They were shot dead by a man from Maryland who had posted anti-police statements on social media. Investigators depict the gunman as an emotionally troubled loner with a lengthy criminal record. De Blasio has called for a pause in political statements and protests against police brutality.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A prosecutor has determined that a white Milwaukee police officer fired after fatally shooting a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges. Witnesses say Dontre (DAHN'-tray) Hamilton resisted after Officer Christopher Manney attempted to frisk him. The shooting was ruled self-defense. Hamilton's family has called for a federal investigation.

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge is ordering a California-based labor contractor to pay nearly $9 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms. But the company -- Global Horizons -- is defunct according to its former president. That means workers who faced discrimination, uninhabitable housing, poor food and deportation threats may never get their money.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls The San Jose Mercury News reports the "gecko gloves" use the same scientific principles employed by the sticky feet of nature's most impressive climbing lizard. The Stanford students have patents pending and have already begun negotiations with toy companies.

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