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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's Internet is up and running after a roughly 9 ½-hour outage. U.S. officials aren't saying if they're responsible for the outage following the hacking of Sony that the U.S. blames on the North. There's only a small circle of North Koreans using the Internet, including elites in the government, propagandists and media workers, state-trained hackers and researchers.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking protest leaders to hold off on demonstrations against police until two officers killed in an ambush Saturday can be buried. A funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos will be held Saturday, following a viewing the day before at a church in Queens. Officer Wenjian Liu's funeral will be held once family members arrive in the U.S. from China. Protest leaders say they won't stop the protests while the funerals are held.

BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent Iraqi human rights activist says life for women in areas controlled by the Islamic State group "has taken a 180-degree turn." Activist Hanaa Edwer says in Mosul, Iraq, women are forbidden from learning and moving around freely. Activists say at least eight women have been stoned to death for alleged adultery and at least 10 women have been stoned for speaking out against the group. And relatives of women considered improperly dressed can be lashed or imprisoned.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Heavy rains around Sri Lanka have caused flooding and mudslides, killing three people and forcing some 60,000 to evacuate. Disaster officials say three days of heavy rain in 15 districts also destroyed 1,900 homes. Hospitals and government offices are inundated and some inmates of a prison have been transferred to other facilities. It is monsoon season in some parts of Sri Lanka, but many other areas not normally affected are also experiencing non-seasonal rain.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure designating Samuel Colt's 19th-century gun factory in Connecticut as a national park. State elected officials hail the project as a way to boost one of Hartford's poorest neighborhoods and honor the revolver as a marvel of manufacturing. Colt's Manufacturing Co. remains based in Connecticut, but it and other gun makers say they've been left feeling unwelcome by a strict gun control law adopted after the 2012 Newtown school shooting.

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