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NEW YORK (AP) — As the families of two slain New York City police officers prepare to bury their loved ones, Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking protesters to hold off demonstrating against police until the funerals are over. But the Rev. Al Sharpton and other protest leaders say they will not suspend demonstrations. De Blasio also says he's willing to meet with police union leaders, who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to Saturday's ambush killings of the officers.

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta airline employee is suspected of helping smuggle firearms to New York City on passenger jets. The FBI says Delta baggage handler Eugene Harvey was arrested by federal agents and faces charges of trafficking firearms, aiding and abetting and other offenses. Authorities say they arrested a former Delta employee in New York on Dec. 10, and by going through his cell phone, airport surveillance video and security records, they determined that he allegedly conspired with Harvey to get the firearms past security.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Was a 9 ½-hour Internet outage in North Korea U.S. retaliation for the Sony hacking? The White House and the State Department aren't saying whether the U.S. government is responsible for North Korea's shutdown that affected key websites. Only a small, approved segment of the population has any access to the World Wide Web in North Korea — one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers have failed to elect the country's new president in a second round of voting today. That leaves the government with a final attempt next week to break an impasse that could force early elections. The conservative-led government's candidate (Stavros Dimas) received 168 votes, far short of the 200 needed. In the final round on Dec. 29, a reduced total of 180 in the 300-seat parliament is required. Otherwise, parliament is dissolved and a general election is called in a month.

MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling in Miami could open the door to more medical malpractice suits over health care on cruise ships. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says cruise lines can no longer argue that passengers should not expect the same level of medical care on a ship as on land, and that ship doctors and nurses are private contractors, not ship employees. The ruling comes following the 2001 death of 82-year-old Royal Caribbean Cruise line passenger Pasquale Vaglio, who fell and hit his head on a Bermuda trip. The ship nurse told Vaglio to just rest. He died days later of a brain injury.

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