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Tension in NYC...Memorial services for 2 hostages in Australia...NKorea back online

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 12:51 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's willing to meet with leaders of the police union, who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to Saturday's ambush killings of two police officers. But de Blasio is suggesting that the police union's ire is being fanned by media exaggeration of anti-NYPD sentiment among protesters.

SYDNEY (AP) — A memorial service was held Tuesday in Sydney for the two hostages killed as police stormed a downtown cafe last week where they and other hostages were being held. The memorial for cafe manager Tori Johnson was held at a church around the corner from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe. And hundreds of people attended a memorial service for cafe customer Katrina Dawson. The hostage taker also was killed.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After a 9 ½-hour outage, websites in North Korea are back online. The outage affected the North's key websites, including the main channels for official news. The White House and the State Department aren't saying whether the U.S. government is responsible for the Internet shutdown, which comes after the Sony hacking that the U.S. blames on North Korea.

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has sentenced a billionaire property developer to five years in prison for corruption in a high-profile case. Thomas Kwok was found guilty of making $1.1 million in payments to city official Rafael Hui, Hong Kong's No. 2 public official at the time. The court also fined Kwok $64,000. Hui was given 7 ½ years in prison for misconduct and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Honduran immigrant is taking refuge in a Philadelphia church to avoid deportation. Angela Navarro (nah-VAHR'-oh) moved into a spare room at West Kensington Ministry on Nov. 18 with her husband and their children. She plans to stay on church property until her deportation order is rescinded. Immigration authorities issued Navarro's order more than 10 years ago, when she was 17. Authorities generally avoid pursuing enforcement actions in places of worship.

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