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Microsoft's online network for its Xbox gaming console was restored to nearly full service Friday after an alleged coordinated Christmas Day hack brought it and Sony's PlayStation network down. The PlayStation network remained down, while Xbox's service returned to all except three of its applications during the day. The disruption started Christmas Day, PlayStation and Xbox said on their Twitter feeds, adding that they were working to restore service.
By Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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. Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn in what is only the seventh instance of police partners being killed together in the city in more than 40 years. ...
The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million, officials said Friday. Canal administrator Jorge Quijano told reporters that the Panama Canal Authority had received two claims on Tuesday that "will be evaluated" to determine if there is probable cause.