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  • Sony on shelving ‘The Interview': ‘We had no choice’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving “The Interview,” Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film’s Christmas Day…

  • No. 13 Duke women crush Mass-Lowell 95-48

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Sierra Calhoun scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 13 Duke coasted to a 95-48 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday. The Blue Devils (7-3) had a…

  • Ainge says impending free agency led to Rondo deal

    BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo wanted to avoid rush-hour city traffic so he met at the Boston Celtics suburban practice facility with the man who traded him. “I shared with him how much I appreciated…

  • Jimmy Rollins thrilled by fresh start with Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Jimmy Rollins learned he was headed from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the longtime Phillies shortstop had to wait more than a week for the clubs to complete the…

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane. The indictment returned by a federal…

  • Cup sailor sues Oracle Racing for legal fees

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sailor Matt Mitchell is suing two-time defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA for the $68,000 he has spent on legal fees fighting accusations he helped illegally alter a catamaran used…

  • Jailed ex-billionaire’s lawyers seek his release

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the…

  • Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday. Hans…

  • State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights…

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon’s iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon’s South Rim.…

  • Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded…

  • FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday…

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    DENVER (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s…

  • Obama calls on women only at news conference

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Something was missing from President Barack Obama’s year-end news conference. Male questioners. Obama called on eight White House correspondents during the 52 minutes he spent answering questions in the briefing room on…

  • Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not…