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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the State Department aren't saying whether the U.S. government had a role in a severe Internet outage in North Korea that lasted for hours. President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. government planned to respond to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the U.S. blames on North Korea. North Korea has denied that it was responsible.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking protesters to hold off on demonstrations against police until after the funerals of two slain police officers. Meanwhile, de Blasio is dealing with a widening dispute with union leaders accusing him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to Saturday's ambush killings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year. A federal judge has ruled that the state's lethal injection protocol is constitutional. A group of Oklahoma death row inmates had argued that the use of the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam) would subject them to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. The drug is the first in a three-drug combination the state administers.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Aetna, saying a new policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS. Consumer Watchdog says requiring people to receive their drugs through the mail puts privacy at risk because packages could end up at the wrong address or be seen by others. It also says the mail is not a reliable way to ensure people get their medications on time. The suit was filed Friday in federal court in San Diego.

CHICAGO (AP) — Rain or even snow could make traveling to holiday destinations a little tougher in some parts of the U.S. The National Weather Service says travelers from the Rockies to the Upper Great Lakes could see snow. Showers and thunderstorms across the Mississippi Valley could strengthen Tuesday into Wednesday and move to the southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England. AAA says about 90 percent of nearly 100 million holiday travelers are expected to hit the road. Another 6 percent are expected to fly.

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