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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings12/23/2014 5:30:26 AMNEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men at the hands of police.Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute12/23/2014 3:12:34 AMWASHINGTON/BEIJING - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said.Joe Cocker, raspy-voiced British singer, dies at 7012/23/2014 4:10:40 AM - Joe Cocker, whose distinctive raspy voice and soulful musical renditions made him a favorite of his peers with hits like Beatles' cover "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," died on Monday. He was 70.At U.N. council, U.S. calls life in North Korea 'living nightmare' 12/23/2014 3:31:47 AMUNITED NATIONS - The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea's human rights record after voting to overrule China's objections and add alleged grave abuses by the hermit state to the council's agenda.Exclusive: Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba12/23/2014 5:02:31 AMWASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy.U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force12/22/2014 6:15:07 PMWASHINGTON - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.Ex-minister Kudrin warns of 'full-fledged crisis' in Russia12/23/2014 1:37:38 AMMOSCOW - Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy.U.S. to review move not to charge ex-officer in Milwaukee fatal shooting12/23/2014 3:32:59 AMMILWAUKEE - The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the death of a black man who was fatally shot by a white former Milwaukee police officer after local prosecutors refused to charge him, saying he acted in self-defense.Exclusive: American Apparel takeover offer far too low - source12/23/2014 12:56:52 AM - American Apparel's board believes a bid by Irving Place Capital to buy the retailer for up to $1.40 per share is far too low and any takeover offer should be "several multiples" higher, a source familiar with the board's thinking said.Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency12/23/2014 2:28:44 AMWASHINGTON - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.