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By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After hours of being without Internet access, North Korean websites are back online. Among those out of service was the North's official Korean Central News Agency. The outage comes in the wake of Friday's vow by President Barack Obama that there were would be a proportioned response to the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats against theaters showing the movie "The Interview." The Obama administration has declined to comment on a possible role in the outage.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city should focus on the families of two officers gunned down on Saturday instead of protests against police violence and political posturing. But that may not happen. A police union leader accused de Blasio of having blood on his hands for supporting protests. And some protest leaders say they won't put their demands for justice and reforms on hold.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — There's been another call for a federal investigation of the clearing of a white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black man. It comes from the family of a mentally ill man who had been sleeping in a downtown Milwaukee park in April when the officer -- Christopher Manney -- attempted to frisk him. Witnesses say a struggle ensued and Dontre (DAHN'-tray) Hamilton held the officer's baton in an aggressive manner. Manney, who was later fired, shot Hamilton 14 times.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After seven months of stalled talks, the association that represents shipping lines and cargo terminal operators at West Coast seaports are asking for federal intervention. The industry says it's "far apart" in negotiations with dockworkers and other employees. Work continues at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle but employers say there's been a deliberate slow down.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in the nation's capital has struck down Labor Department regulations that would have meant higher pay for some home health care workers. President Barack Obama announced the rules in 2011 as part of his effort to boost the economy and help about 2 million home care workers without going through Congress. If it stands, the ruling would mean that workers who live in their clients' homes and are employed by home care agencies are not eligible for overtime pay.

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