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Funeral today for slain NYPD officer...Boy riding new scooter killed by car...Pakistan attacks militants

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 27, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The final farewell Saturday for a slain New York City police officer is expected to draw thousands of people including Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who are scheduled to speak. Officer Rafael Ramos was shot to death along with his partner one week ago in a brazen daylight ambush. The assailant killed himself. Funeral arrangements for Ramos' partner haven't been announced.

UPLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 12-year-old's Christmas present turned deadly as the boy was hit by a car while riding his new motorized scooter in front of his home in Southern California. KCBS-TV reports that officers do not believe the driver was under the influence but are evaluating whether excessive speed was a factor. The driver of the vehicle stopped and remained at the scene.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military claims several important militant commanders are among the dead after Pakistani warplanes and ground forces struck targets near the Afghan border. The military says 39 militants were killed as part of an ongoing operation in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony's PlayStation network still hasn't recovered from a cyberattack on Thursday just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning. Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which also went down, is mostly back on line. Credit for the disruptions is being claimed on Twitter by a group of self-proclaimed attackers called Lizard Squad. Other hacker groups quickly condemned the actions.

DENVER (AP) — A new national survey says Rhode Island and Colorado are the states with the highest percentage of regular marijuana users since legalization. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds that nationally, about 7.4 percent of people 12 and older reported monthly marijuana use. That's an increase of about 4 percent. Rhode Island, Colorado and Washington state all had usage rates above 12 percent.

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