SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's top governing body blames the United States for its recent Internet takedown that followed a major hack of Sony over the comedy "The Interview." The criticism also compared President Barack Obama to a monkey, saying he is "reckless in words and deeds."
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A military operation in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region has killed 39 fighters and an army statement claims several important militant commanders are among the dead. The statement also says an underground tunnel system and a large underground cache of weapons and ammunition were destroyed. Journalists are barred from the region and it is impossible to independently verify the information.
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a funeral today for one of two New York City police officers killed in a daylight ambush by a man with a violent history who later killed himself. Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Bill de Blasio are expected to join thousands of other mourners paying respects to Officer Rafael Ramos. Funeral arrangements for his partner have not been announced.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The search for a missing hiker is expected to resume today in Washington state's Olympic National Park. Officials say 60-year-old Jim Griffin went for a hike Monday. His friends reported him missing Wednesday night after he failed to show up at a Christmas Eve dinner. The National Park Service says searchers have found his day pack 50 feet off the trail, just half a mile from the trailhead.
BEIJING (AP) — State media report a deadly fire in China last year has resulted in convictions and prison terms of up to nine years for two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses. The fire at a poultry processing plant in northern China killed 121 people and injured 76 others. Survivors described struggling through smoke and flames to reach doors that were locked or blocked.