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Mourners gather for slain New York policeman

NEW YORK - Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners joined a somber, four-block line outside a New York City church on Friday for the wake of one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.

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North Korea blames the U.S. for Internet outages

SEOUL - North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of being responsible for Internet outages it experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

Tech, World, North Korea 26 Dec 2014

Women's apparel, dining drive U.S. holiday sales: MasterCard

- U.S. retail sales rose 5.5 percent from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve as solid demand for women's apparel, jewelry and casual dining offset surprisingly sluggish sales of electronics, MasterCard said in its holiday spending report.

26 Dec 2014

U.S. retailers miss fewer Christmas deadlines: early surveys

SAN FRANCISCO - Major U.S. retailers missed fewer Christmas deliveries this year, according to two small, early surveys released on Friday, partly reflecting a year's worth of investments made to avoid 2013's last-minute shipping debacle.

26 Dec 2014

Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

MOSCOW - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said on Friday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's ruble crisis. | Video

26 Dec 2014

Oil declines amid stronger dollar, crude oversupply in U.S.

NEW YORK - Oil prices fell Friday, tumbling as the dollar strengthened and as a supply glut in top consumer, the United States, trumped worries about falling production from Libya.

26 Dec 2014

Former 'Saved by the Bell' actor Dustin Diamond arrested in Wisconsin

- Former "Saved by the Bell" actor Dustin Diamond, who played the nerdy "Screech" on the high school sitcom, has been arrested for stabbing a man with a switchblade at a bar north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, police said on Friday.