5 things you need to know Monday

Erika Andiola, gets her portrait taken while celebrating at the Arizona State Capitol on Dec 17.

1. Arizona dreamers can apply for driver’s licenses Monday.

Young immigrants, known as dreamers, will be able to begin applying for driver’s licenses Monday, according to a court ruling handed down Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell. Gov. Jan Brewer has fought to keep driver’s licenses out of the hands of dreamers since August 2012, when she issued an executive order denying licenses to anyone approved for President Obama’s 2012 deferred action program.

2. Mayor de Blasio to address Police Athletic League amid tension with NYPD.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will speak at a Police Athletic League luncheon Monday about strengthening the ties between police and the community amid mounting tension between de Blasio and the NYPD. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch accused de Blasio of failing to support officers. After two officers were ambushed and killed in their car Lynch said: “That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.” When de Blasio walked through Woodhull Hospital to pay his respects to the fallen officers, dozens of police officers turned their backs on him as he passed. The Police Athletic League is a charity which seeks to bring police officers and kids together through programs and services for children.

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3. North Korea to skip U.N. Meeting on its human rights record.

North Korea is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country’s bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time. The Security Council is considering sending North Korea to the International Criminal Court, seen as a court of last resort for atrocities, based on a lengthy report released earlier this year that outlined the country’s alleged crimes against humanity. It’s the boldest effort yet to confront Pyongyang over the issue. North Korea disavowed the report, calling the dozens of people who testified in it “human scum.”.

4. Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children.

A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australian woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her northern Australia home last week. Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the bodies, along with Warria, who was suffering from stab wounds to the chest.

5. Judge to rule on Okla. Use of lethal injection following botched execution.

A federal judge plans to rule Monday in a case in which lawyers for 21 death row inmates say one of the three drugs Oklahoma uses to execute inmates, the sedative midazolam, presents a risk of cruel and unusual punishment. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton says the state plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring to execute four inmates early next year, but with an increased dose. Patton says the formula was used successfully in 11 executions in Florida, and is one that he believes is “humane.”.

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And, the essentials:.

Weather: The national weather forecast for Monday calls for rain across most of the U.S.

Stocks: U.S. Stock futures were higher Monday.

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Contributing: The Associated Press.

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