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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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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday she’ll rule soon whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino without a warrant during a probe of what prosecutors say was illegal gambling involving a Malaysian businessman and his son. U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen in Las Vegas heard three days…

  • Amid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nightlife mogul who opened the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino on the Strip has won a gambling license from Nevada regulators after intense scrutiny into his past business dealings and drug use. Sam Nazarian appeared before the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday. He said he was sorry for misleading…

  • Thousands respond to black rhino import request

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter’s application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill. Since publishing the application request in November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 15,000 comments…

  • Innovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89. His death late Wednesday was announced by Rabbi Edward Feinstein, senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom, where Schulweis was the spiritual leader for decades. Innovations credited to Schulweis include…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • NYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda has pleaded not guilty to gun and narcotics charges in New York. Shmurda appeared Thursday in court, where a judge ordered him held on $2 million bail. The 20-year-old Brooklyn-born rapper was arrested Wednesday as part of a roundup of suspects in a series of gang-related shootings…

  • Feds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a man with leading a multimillion-dollar international counterfeit money operation based in Uganda and shipping bogus bills to the United States. Ryan Andrew Gustafson was charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and counterfeiting acts committed outside the U.S., authorities said. “In short, these bills…

  • 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:…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Moments in world sports in 2014

    LONDON (AP) — With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014. The World Cup was in Brazil, but the five-time champions couldn’t make it past the semifinals, losing big to eventual champion Germany 7-1. For the country itself, the World Cup was a success. Hosted…

  • Court stops Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to immigrants protected from deportation

    PHOENIX (AP) — Court stops Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to immigrants protected from deportation.

  • Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration…

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott…

  • President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP’s investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of…

  • Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters. The bill authorizes sanctions that would freeze the assets and ban visas for anyone accused of carrying out acts of violence or violating the human rights of those…