North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.
Cuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations.
NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a temporary halt to protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with a force preparing Christmastime burials for two of its own and decrying the demonstrations as a factor in the officers' cold-blooded executions.
Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."
Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call, talking about nuclear weapons and Iran.
Ex-headmaster guilty in child porn case
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A judge has convicted a former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school on all 25 counts of dealing in child pornography.
Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he'd act alone.
Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess
PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an arent segregationist.
Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.
British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer
NEW YORK (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.
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