-- Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. North Korea's Internet Back After 'Hard' Crash
The tables may have turned on North Korea.
The reclusive country's state-run Internet was down "hard" for 9 hours and 31 minutes, 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."
2. ISIS: Western Journalist Embedded With Group Says He Came Into Contact With Americans
The first Western journalist to spend time with ISIS since the launch of U.S. airstrikes in August says he has spent time with upwards of 14 Americans -- including one from New Jersey -- during the 10 days he spent inside the group's self-styled “Caliphate."
In an interview with ABC News, German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer said the U.S. fighters were from different backgrounds -- both American born and Arab-Americans as well as white.
"I have seen many wars. That’s the strongest group I ever met. Very strong, very clever, very enthusiastic. They are extremely brutal. Not just head-cutting. I’m talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. That’s their official philosophy. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die," he said.
3. Texas Weatherman Describes the Moment He Was Shot, Painful Recovery
Texas meteorologist Patrick Crawford appeared in public for the first time since he was injured in a shooting last week, thanking supporters and saying that he still has no idea who ambushed him outside of the TV station where he works.
"There was no interaction whatsoever," he said, contradicting earlier reports that Crawford, who works for NBC affiliate KCEN-TV in Bruceville-Eddy, exchanged words with the gunman before the shooting.
4. Eric Garner's Daughter Offers Support to Families of Slain NYPD Officers
Emerald Garner, whose father Eric died after police used a choke hold on him during an arrest, came to the New York City Police Memorial to express her condolences following the deaths of two NYPD officers who were gunned down over the weekend.
"I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and I’m going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering through this tragedy," she told ABC News. "I was never anti-police. Like I said before, I have family that’s in the NYPD that I’ve grown up around, family reunions and everything so my family you know, we’re not anti-police."
5. Memphis-BYU Bowl Game Ends With Brawl
Memphis and BYU battled for 60 minutes, then again for two overtimes, and the fighting continued following the final play.
The two teams participated in a memorable Miami Beach Bowl Monday – with Memphis winning 55-48 – but the game was overshadowed by a fight that broke out at the end of the game.
After the final play, people from the sidelines spilled onto the field, with players punching and grabbing each other.