Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The tables may have turned on North Korea.

The reclusive country’s state-run Internet has been down “hard” for about three hours, according to Dyn Research, which monitors the state of the Internet around the globe.

“I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in [North Korea] before,” Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, told the website NorthKoreaTech.org. “Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently.”

It’s not clear what’s causing the outage at this time.

Last week, a Twitter handle claiming to represent the hacking group Anonymous tweeted: Operation RIP North Korea, engaged. #OpRIPNK.

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Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The tables may have turned on North Korea.

The reclusive country’s state-run Internet has been down “hard” for about three hours, according to Dyn Research, which monitors the state of the Internet around the globe.

“I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in [North Korea] before,” Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, told the website NorthKoreaTech.org. “Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently.”

It’s not clear what’s causing the outage at this time.

Last week, a Twitter handle claiming to represent the hacking group Anonymous tweeted: Operation RIP North Korea, engaged. #OpRIPNK.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — This holiday season, Secretary of State John Kerry is probably looking for some things that can’t fit down a chimney or under a tree.

Here’s a look at a few items that are likely on his wish list — plus what he’s more likely to get in the New Year:

Wish: Peace in the Middle East

Kerry has been chasing peace between Israelis and Palestinians since July 2013, when he helped broker an agreement that brought both sides back to the negotiating table. Although fighting resumed between Hamas and Israel this summer, Kerry has never stopped sounding optimistic over the prospect of returning to long-term talks. “I’m confident that the people of Israel are as interested in peace as are the people in Palestine, in the West Bank, in Jordan, and in the region,” he said last Wednesday.

Reality: With Israel and Hamas still trading fire as recently as this weekend, Kerry will likely have to settle for far less lofty goals. One is preventing the Palestinians from holding a vote in the United Nations Security Council on statehood, at least before the Israeli prime ministerial elections in March, said David Makovsky, a former adviser on Kerry’s peace team. “You could argue certainly the Security Council resolution in this environment will help [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu because he will be able to assume the role he enjoys the most, which is he is the guardian of Israel against international pressure,” Makovsky said. “I think the U.S. does not want to be a factor in the Israeli election.”

Wish: An Iran Nuclear Deal

The June 2013 election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who promised a “path of moderation,” gave the United States and its negotiating partners a new opportunity to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program. Kerry sounded optimistic in November 2013, shortly after talks with Iranian nuclear negotiator Mohammad Zarif began: “Our hope is that President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif want to build this different relationship, want to show in clear ways as we go forward that the program is peaceful.”

Reality: Talks have been extended for a third time until July, and with the incoming Republican congressional majority in 2015, success is even more precarious. Most Senate GOPers have already pledged to block almost any deal that comes out of this round. What seems most likely to happen this year is a vote on a trigger for new sanctions against Iran.

Wish: Meaningful Climate Change Action

Kerry made headlines in February when he said climate change represents as big a threat to America as terrorism and urged the world “approach this problem with the cooperation, the urgency, and the commitment that a challenge of this scale warrants.” And the administration earned plaudits in November when it agreed to a greenhouse gas-cutting deal with China, in which the United States committed to cutting emissions below 2005 levels by 2025.

Reality: Cutting emissions to those levels is not enough, said Karen Orenstein, the senior international policy analyst at Friends of the Earth. She praised Kerry’s rhetorical focus on climate change, but said the agreement is “totally out of sync with what science demands from the U.S. in order to keep the world from catastrophic climate change.” Next year is also the year Kerry could make a decision over the Keystone XL pipeline, a rallying point for both liberal and conservative climate activists. His State Department is in charge of making a recommendation to Obama over whether to go forward with the project.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If long hours in airports in the coming days has you far more worried about derailing your healthy eating habits than all the candy canes that await you at your destination, read on.

Turns out that the majority of U.S. airports actually offer some semblance of healthy eats, according to new research from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The group’s December 2014 report — its 14th annual — found that 75 percent of restaurants at 23 of the busiest U.S. airports offer at least one “healthful plant-based entrée.”

From October to November 2014, Physicians Committee dietitians reviewed restaurant menus at 23 of the 30 busiest U.S. airports.

“Each airport’s score is determined by dividing the number of restaurants offering at least one healthful plant-based entrée by the total number of restaurants in the airport,” the report’s methodology states.

“A restaurant ranks as healthful if it serves at least one high-fiber, cholesterol-free menu item, which includes a breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrée. The healthful option must resemble a meal by including at least two of the four food groups on the Physicians Committee’s Power Plate: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, or legumes,” it continues.

Baltimore’s BWI Airport tops the list for healthy eats for the first time in the report’s history. At BWI, 92 percent of restaurants offered healthy options, the report found.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic, remains in last place for the fourth year in a row, with healthful entrées available at about half of its restaurants.

The entire report, complete with specific restaurant and meal recommendations for your holiday travels can be read here.

Here are the top 10 airports for healthiest eats:

  1. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (92 percent)
  2. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (90 percent)
  3. Los Angeles International Airport (88 percent)
  4. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (87 percent)
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport (86 percent)
  6. (tie) LaGuardia Airport (84 percent)
  7. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (84 percent)
  8. Denver International Airport (83 percent)
  9. San Francisco International Airport (82 percent)
  10. Washington Dulles International Airport (80 percent)

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Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital System(NEW YORK) — St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosts a farmers market every Wednesday in its main lobby featuring produce gown on the hospital’s 25-acre farm.

The land used for the farm was a hospital lawn until 2010 when a horse-drawn plow broke ground on the first 4 acres. The farm, now known as “The Farm at St. Joe’s,” has since expanded to include three large “hoop houses,” greenhouse-like structures that provide seasonal produce for the market — as well as patient meals, the hospital’s cafeteria and local food banks — all year long.

“We began the farm in response to health of the community and the health of our own 6,000 hospital workers,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, which are located in Michigan.

Casalou said the farm grows “anything you’d find at your local grocery,” including tomatoes, potatoes and kale. They even keep bees to produce their own honey.

A few years ago, the hospital made one of the hoop houses disability-friendly by widening the aisles and raising up the planter boxes to make it easier for a person in a wheelchair to work the soil, Casalou said.

An exercise bike pumps water to irrigate the plants so patients with neurological disorders from the hospital and the nearby Eisenhower Center can water plants by pedaling away.

Across the country in Long Island, New York, Stony Brook University Medical Center has also embraced the idea of “farm to bedside.” Iman Marghoob, a registered dietician and horticultural specialist in charge of the hospital’s 4,000-square-foot rooftop garden, said the project is just as important for educating staff, patients and students as it is for providing seasonal vegetables and herbs.

“It is a big teaching tool for agricultural education on Long Island, which is lacking in this part of the state,” she said.

Stony Brook’s farm project has been so well received, it has been granted a face-lift to make it larger and expand its irrigation system. Marghoob said she hopes to add berries and other perennials to the menu next year.

Casalou noted that his hospital’s farm has already grown more than 16,000 pounds of produce and has donated about a third of that to families in need.

“We wanted to make sure we were getting fresh produce to those who might not be able to afford it. That’s a big part of our community outreach,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A lawyer for controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio urged a federal court judge Monday morning to stop the president from “ramming” new immigration policies “down the throats of the American people.”

Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, urged D.C. district court judge Beryl Howell to issue an injunction blocking Obama’s executive actions, which Klayman called a “blanket amnesty.”

“The president does not have the right to take matters into his own hands and ram it down the throats of the American people because he thinks he’s above the law,” Klayman told reporters after a hearing on his motion that lasted more than an hour.

Arpaio’s legal move does not appear likely to succeed.

Howell, a 2010 Obama appointee, seemed highly skeptical of Klayman’s claim that “deferred action” is unconstitutional, pointing to what she called a “longstanding” practice of past administrations that have shielded immigrants from deportation.

She also openly questioned whether Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff, has standing to sue, and suggested the federal courts are the wrong venue for the immigration debate.

“Doesn’t Congress have the power to step in?” Howell asked Klayman.

Klayman argued for an emergency court order, citing the “irreparable harm” Arpaio’s department suffers because the federal government refuses to deport immigrants. Some of them, he argued, are likely to commit crimes in Arpaio’s jurisdiction, citing the sheriff’s contention that 36 percent of the undocumented immigrants who have served time in Maricopa County jail are repeat offenders.

“How is it that you can show any kind of irreparable harm, given it’s taken you two years to file a challenge?” Howell asked Klayman, noting the DACA program for immigrants who came here illegally as children has been in effect since 2012.

Howell said she would issue her written ruling “very shortly.”

Should Howell not issue an injunction, Klayman vowed to appeal immediately and said he’s willing to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Klayman also told the judge in open court that Arpaio has been subject to bomb threats due to his public stance against illegal immigration and his recent vow to fight the president.

“In my view, Sheriff Arpaio is an American hero,” Klayman said after the hearing. “There are protests underway right now in front of the sheriff’s office in Arizona that will result in more threats. Thank God he hasn’t been hurt thus far.”

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Scotland) — The driver of a garbage truck in Glasgow, Scotland, lost control, sending the vehicle into a large group of pedestrians.

Reports say at least six pedestrians were killed, and others injured when the heavy truck, owned by the Glasgow City Council, swerved onto the sidewalk in front of an art museum.

Glasgow police will not confirm fatalities in the crash, nor will they comment on the identity of the driver.

Police Superintendent Stuart Carroll said the act does not appear to be criminal. Investigators, meanwhile, are looking into the driver’s health at the time of the crash, but police tell ABC News they are not ruling out any possibility in further investigation.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by his wife and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton as they visited the home of slain officer Rafael Ramos Monday morning.

Ramos was shot dead in his patrol car alongside his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, Saturday in an attack in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The pair did not speak to reporters as they entered and exited the home, although the family has already made it clear they would be open to hearing from the mayor.

The Ramos family said they would welcome de Blasio at Ramos’ funeral in spite of an effort started by the largest police union last week — before the shootings — to have officers sign petitions to keep the mayor from their possible funerals.

De Blasio, his wife, Chirlane McCray, and Bratton moved on to Liu’s home after visiting the Ramos family. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had stopped by Liu’s home moments before.

The tensions between de Blasio and the police department were heightened this weekend after the shooting, and de Blasio will address the police athletic league Monday afternoon.

“There’s a disconnect on the reality versus some of the rhetoric,” Bratton told ABC News station WABC-TV.

“I think I work with a mayor that really cares about the cops and that needs to be said in a way that’s understood,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fewer Americans were out shopping for homes last month.

The National Association of Realtors announced Monday sales of existing homes in the U.S. dropped 6.1 in November to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.93 million.

“I think it has to do with the very unexpected cold front that hit the country in November and froze people in a little early and of course, we’ve got the holidays and sales are typically slow this time of year,” says Kathy Fettke, CEO of Real Wealth Network.

While sales were down from October, they have risen 2.1 percent from November of 2013.

“I don’t think it’s a sign of a weakening trend,” Fettke says of last month’s numbers. “It’s just a blip.”

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Hemera/Thinkstock(MANAMA, Bahrain) — The U.S. Navy is investigating the cause of a helicopter crash during a training exercise at Camp Buehring in Kuwait Sunday.

A defense official says all six passengers of the aircraft survived the crash, with three of them suffering only minor injuries. The six crew members were transported to a nearby medical facility for evaluation. The three injured crew members received treatment for their injuries and were released.

The Department of Defense does not suspect the crash occurred as a result of “hostile activity.”

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