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N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to…

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  • California power regulator to address allegations

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state’s largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey is due to chair a commission meeting amid an ongoing scandal over secret emails exchanges…

  • Subway co-founder will allow kids to use his field

    DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain says kids in Danbury, Connecticut, can continue to play soccer on a field he owns until a new athletic field is ready to open. Peter Buck purchased the 13-acre field from the city for about $3.2 million in September with plans to build a…

  • Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form

    DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can’t reach, and they can do it at less…

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT DROVE OBAMA’S DECISION ON NORMALIZING WITH CUBA The president was driven in part by realizing that the policy toward Cuba was isolating the U.S. from the rest of the world. 2. JUBILATION IN HAVANA, MUTED REACTION…

  • N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

    NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to…

  • Veteran who died in 1952 finally laid to rest

    WASHINGTON — More than 60 years after his death, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Donald Sheda was laid to rest Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sheda and about 50 other service members were killed when their C-124 Globemaster aircraft crashed in Alaska on Nov. 22, 1952. “There was a blizzard and the plane crashed into the side of…

  • Police: 1 dead, several hurt in California crash

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A female motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police said. Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died…

  • AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found. To…

  • ‘Stand your ground’ defense fails in Montana murder trial

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. He told them they would see it on the news. Kaarma hoped to bait an intruder by leaving his garage door…

  • 14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide. Authorities say it’s the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine. The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow…

  • 1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman drove into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night on the Pacific Coast highway, killing one person and leaving several others injured, police said. The crash occurred outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended. Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo…

  • NY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court. Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. His indictment will…

  • Competency hearings set in Slender Man stabbing

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial. Defense attorneys are challenging findings from state doctors that the girls are fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges. Waukesha County Circuit…

  • Inmates: State’s lethal injection unconstitutional

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma’s bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suffering from the state’s lethal injection protocol. Testimony is scheduled to continue Thursday in a federal court in Oklahoma City where the inmates are challenging the state’s method of execution. Much…

  • Hearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootings

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial. Seventy-three-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Missouri, is charged with capital murder in the April 13 shooting deaths of…