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NEW YORK (AP) — The funeral has begun for New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos who was shot to death last week with his partner in their patrol car. Thousands of officers from across the country are attending in solidarity. The brazen daylight shootings of Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, have shaken New York and put an end to large-scale local protests criticizing police over a series of high-profile, in-custody deaths.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is spewing racial insults at President Barack Obama and blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." The National Defense Commission accuses Obama of being behind the release of comedy, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. There's been no reaction from the White House yet.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. A Vatican spokesman says the surprise visit by Mehmet Ali Agca (MEH'-met AH'-lee AH'-juh) lasted a few minutes. John Paul visited the incarcerated Agca in 1983 and later intervened with Italian authorities to gain Agca's release from prison where he was serving a life sentence for the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a patient at a New York City psychiatric center has been charged with killing another patient inside the facility. The New York Police Department says 19-year-old Brett Smith of the Bronx has been charged with second-degree murder. Police say officers responding to a 911 call found 51-year-old Leon Little unconscious and unresponsive with abrasions on his throat.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Emergency officials in South Africa say one man drowned and 40 other people were treated for minor injuries when "a large, freak" wave hit a beach in Durban. Officials say the wave may have been caused by high tides.

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