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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military continues to operate against militants near the Afghan border. An army statement today says warplanes and ground forces killed 39 fighters in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region. The statement claims several important militant commanders were killed. The region is off limits to journalists, making independent verification impossible.

BEIJING (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses are going to prison after being convicted in China in the wake of a fire last year that killed 121 people and injured 76. State media report the prison terms ranged up to nine years. The case highlighted continuing safety violations despite recent improvements.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's fury over the Sony Pictures movie "The Interview" continues unabated. Pyongyang today accused President Barack Obama of being behind the release of the movie after Sony initially called off distribution of the comedy. The North's powerful National Defense Commission, the country's top governing body, compared Obama to a monkey. It also blames the U.S. for shutting down its Internet.

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral is scheduled today for a slain New York City police officer and father of two who was studying to become a pastor. Thousands of people are expected to pay respects to were expected to Officer Rafael Ramos, who was killed in an ambush along with his partner. Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Bill de Blasio are expected to speak.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Commercial poultry are bracing for an export hit due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus in Washington and Oregon. Producers say they expect some nations will not properly distinguish between backyard and commercial flocks and impose trade barriers.

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