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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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  • Marathon bombing survivor in ‘Yes to Dress’ finale

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino’s leg, but they couldn’t rob her of her joy as a new bride. Friday’s season finale of the TLC reality show “Say Yes to the Dress” features DiMartino struggling to keep her balance on crutches while searching for the perfect wedding gown. Doctors amputated DiMartino’s…

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island. Agricultural exports have been among the few exceptions to…

  • Federal judge considering Oklahoma’s death penalty

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is expected to testify in a federal challenge to the state’s death penalty. Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton will return to the witness stand Friday as a federal judge wraps…

  • Sides ‘far apart’ in West Coast port negotiations

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that are…

  • California’s top utility regulator defends record

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state’s largest utility company that have marred his tenure. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s only public reference to the matter Thursday…

  • 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…

  • Phoenix police chief fired after union strife

    PHOENIX (AP) — Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference where he said it was “time to silence the critics” and requested a two-year contract from the city. Unions representing Phoenix police officers sought a vote of no confidence in Garcia last month, alleging the…

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

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville became the first city in the South to raise the minimum wage, joining 20 other local governments nationwide that have increased the hourly wage. The Louisville Metro Council voted Thursday night to raise the minimum wage to at least $9 per hour by 2017. The current federal minimum wage is…

  • 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…

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able to assist in their own defenses but their attorneys disagreed…

  • 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…