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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously…

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  • Louisville 1st-in-South to raise minimum wage

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has become the first city in the South to raise the minimum wage, joining 20 others across the country. The Louisville Metro Council voted Thursday to raise the minimum wage to at least $9 per hour by 2017. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. The National Employment Law Project…

  • Infant or fetus remains found in storage unit

    COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are investigating how the bodies of two infants or fetuses ended up in a storage unit. The Placer County sheriff’s office says a woman called authorities Nov. 25 to report an odor coming from the abandoned storage space in the city of Colfax, about 40 miles northeast…

  • Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas’ Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday after explaining his drug use and curious business dealings, but not without limits and a promise that he’ll remain under heavy scrutiny. Sam Nazarian’s license expires in a year, bars him from…

  • Hellmann’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

    Hellmann’s mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company’s product amounted to false advertising. The consumer-products giant, whose U.S. arm is based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, had said that “Just Mayo” has…

  • Milwaukee to speed police training in handling mentally ill

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Police Department is stepping up training so that all police officers on the force would be fully trained to deal with the mentally ill by 2018, the mayor announced Thursday, months after a Milwaukee police officer killed a schizophrenic man at a park. “I have heard the concerns of the…

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. NEWLY FREED CUBAN WHO SPIED FOR US PORTRAYED AS VITAL ASSET Before he was caught and jailed, his information was so good, officials say, that it helped American authorities ferret out a number of Cuban spies in…

  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about…

  • Arson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday. The Dec. 8 fire burned the seven-story, 1.3-million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. Investigators from the…

  • Ex-Tulsa cop to stand trial in off-duty shooting

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge Thursday ordered a former Tulsa police officer to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter’s boyfriend in an off-duty shooting. The Tulsa World reported (http://bit.ly/1sMguh9 ) that Shannon James Kepler, 54, will face a trial on a first-degree murder charge, along with two counts of shooting…

  • California lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego was sentenced to three years of informal probation, ordered to participate in a six-week alcohol education program, and…

  • Bondage ‘master’ convicted in plot to kill wife

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him “Master Bob.” The salacious trial of Bob Bashara revealed his secret life in Grosse Pointe Park:…

  • Judge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he’s leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent appeals court ruling criticizing prosecutors’ tactics. U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. notified attorneys of his plans in separate proceedings for five defendants. He said he believes it’s…

  • Oklahoma official: Felt ‘pressure’ on executions

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma’s prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor’s and attorney general’s offices to make sure two executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn’t have the drugs to carry them out. With access drying up to its usual cache of…

  • Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation’s most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission report…

  • Police: Man hid gun parts in luggage at NY airport

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City man has been arrested at Kennedy International Airport after TSA agents found handgun parts hidden in his luggage. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo says that Oscar Ramirez was arrested Wednesday attempting to board a plane to Mexico City. Pentangelo says agents found pieces…