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North Korea's slam, slur...Biden to attend officer's funeral...Rocky Mountain highs

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is blaming President Barack Obama for shutting down its Internet. And the regime's top government body, headed by Kim Jong Un, has referred to Obama as "a monkey." The allegation and slur come in the wake of the cyberattack against Sony and threats against its movie "The Interview," a comedy about a plot against the North's ruler.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Many video game enthusiasts and some hacker groups are condemning a cyberattack that has left Sony's PlayStation network offline for a second day. Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, was back online Friday. Credit for the disruptions was claimed on Twitter by a group of self-proclaimed hackers called Lizard Squad — or someone purporting to speak for it.

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will be among the mourners attending Saturday's funeral for slain New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos, who was slain along with his partner in an ambush a week ago. It will be held at a church in Queens. Hundreds of officers and others attended a wake on Thursday. Funeral plans haven't been announced for Ramos' partner, Officer Wenjian Liu (loo).

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Teams plan to resume searching Saturday for a 60-year-old man missing in Washington's Olympic National Park. Jim Griffin went for a hike Monday on the Olympic Hot Springs Trail. His friends reported him missing Wednesday night after he failed to show up at a Christmas Eve dinner. They found Griffin's day pack. Dog teams found no further sign of him on Friday.

DENVER (AP) — A national study says Colorado had the second-highest number of regular marijuana users as the state began legalizing the drug. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. The study says only Rhode Island topped Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using pot as often.

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