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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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  • Oregon high court says injured skier can sue

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  • Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

  • AP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. “Stephen Colbert”

    Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central’s satirical political talk show “The Colbert Report” after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the “Late Show” on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the “Stephen Colbert” character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and…

  • First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

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  • Foxwoods hiring of convict challenged in court

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  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated…

  • Innovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies

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  • Icahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open

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  • UN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence

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