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NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is one of the dignitaries who spoke at the funeral for one of New York's Finest. He said "When an assassin's bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of an entire nation." Today's service was for NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos who, along with his partner, was gunned down ambush style last week in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK (AP) — A patient at a state-run psychiatric center in New York City is being charged with killing another patient inside the facility. New York police say 19-year-old Brett Smith of the Bronx has been charged with second-degree murder. Police say Smith was arrested after 51-year-old Leon Little was found unconscious inside the Bronx Psychiatric Center yesterday evening.

OTTAWA (AP) — Two people arrested in connection with a Boxing Day shooting at a shopping mall in Ottawa, Canada, have been released without being charged. Police are still looking for two suspects after a man was wounded in the foot on a pedestrian walkway at the Tanger Outlets mall on Friday. The incident occurred on Boxing Day, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The White House's National Security Council isn't commenting on North Korea's latest stream on insults and accusations directed at President Barack Obama amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." Pyongyang is blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet, while denying it was involved in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria's main Western-backed opposition group says it hasn't decided if it'll attend peace talks with President Bashar Assad's government that Russia is proposing for next month. The head of the Syrian National Coalition says it's seen "no invitations" and no framework for negotiations. State-run TV today said the government is prepared to take part in the talks.

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