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North Korea reconnected...Siege victims mourned...Sources: Lawmaker to plead guilty

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — South Korean officials say Internet access to North Korean websites is working normally again early Tuesday. An Internet technology service which protects companies against hacker attacks says it detected denial-of-service attacks aimed at the regime's infrastructure starting Saturday and persisting Monday when there were widespread outages. The blackout follows President Barack Obama's warning that there would be a response to the hacking of Sony Pictures, but officials won't comment on any U.S. role.

SYDNEY (AP) — One week after a shotgun-wielding gunman took hostages inside a downtown Sydney cafe, two of the captives that didn't make it out are being remembered at private memorial services. The victims were the manager of the cafe and an attorney. The gunman, a self-styled cleric with a long criminal history, was also killed.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's willing to meet with police union leaders who have criticized him of not being supportive in the wake of Saturday's ambush slaying of two officers. De Blasio told reporters Monday that media exaggeration about anti-NYPD sentiment among protesters has fanned anger in the department. He's called on all sides to tamp down rhetoric until the officers are buried.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Congressman Michael Grimm is expected to plead guilty in Brooklyn on Tuesday to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month. That's according to those familiar with plea negotiations. An indictment against Grimm alleged the tax fraud began in 2007 after he retired from the FBI and began investing in a Manhattan eatery called Healthalicious. Grimm, a Republican, was on bond when he won re-election in November.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito (ah-kee-hee-toh) has an 81st birthday wish. He says he "ardently" hopes Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country. His commitment to peace as the son of Emperor Hirohito, in whose name Japan waged war, is often highlighted at a time Japan's rightwing government seeks to acquire a greater military role. Tuesday is a national holiday in Japan.

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