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Sony's PlayStation, Xbox targeted in hack

XBox and playstation hackedIf all you want for Christmas is some online video gaming, you may feel like you got coal in your stocking.

Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have been offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack.

Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

The network status Web pages for Xbox Live and PSN both list the networks as offline.

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Gun Used In NYPD Murders Was Sold At Pawn Shop Where Guns Regularly End Up In Criminals’ Hands

Guns used in NYPD shootingFederal investigators have traced the semiautomatic handgun that Ismaaiyl Brinsley used to kill two police officers in Brooklyn, New York this weekend to a Jonesboro, Georgia pawn shop, one of a small number of gun dealers that sell the weapons used in a majority of U.S. crimes.

Investigators are still trying to determine how Brinsley obtained the gun through a series of transactions following the 1996 purchase from Arrowhead Pawn Shop, according to a New York Times interview with an anonymous police official. Because of his criminal record which included multiple felony convictions for theft, shoplifting and firing a stolen handgun, the shooter would not have legally been able to purchase a firearm for himself.

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JetBlue offers free flights to police attending NYPD officers' funerals

Jet Blue offers free ride to policeetBlue is offering free flights to two officers each from the country's police forces to attend the funerals of the slain NYPD officers.

The airline, which is based in New York, said they would fly the officers from any airport along their route to New York City.

"We're honored to do what we can to support the communities we serve, and our team has made flights available to law enforcement agencies ... who wish to send representatives to New York to support their brethren," said JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones.

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Facebook must face lawsuit over scanning of users' messages: judge

Facebook lawsuitFacebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users' privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a U.S. judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday dismissed some state-law claims against the social media company but largely denied Facebook's bid to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Police say teen shot dead near Ferguson had pointed a gun

Ferguson shootingViolent protests broke out again in suburban St. Louis after another fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

The shooting happened around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday at a convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri, just a few miles from Ferguson, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was killed by a white officer in August.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the Berkeley shooting victim was black and the officer white. Police say video evidence will show that the teenager had drawn a gun on officers before he was shot.

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NYPD: Black Cops Fear Other Cops

Black cops fear other copsBlack New York City Police officers often think that they are being racially profiled by their white colleagues, according to a shocking new report by Reuters.

The wire service interviewed 25 black male officers, ten current cops and 15 retired. With just one exception, they said that they have been victims of racial profiling by police, both when wearing the uniform and while off duty. For its article, Reuters identified racial profiling as “using race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed a crime.”

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Gun-smuggling ring from Atlanta to JFK used Delta flights to move weapons

Delta worker smuggled gunsA gun-smuggling ring that brought illegal firearms into Brooklyn via commercial airline flights was dismantled after investigators pinched the mule and then nabbed his hookup — a Delta employee in Atlanta.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson was expected to announce on Tuesday the arrest of gun-runner Mark Henry and several co-conspirators, law enforcement sources said Monday.

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