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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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  • Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with man, 76

    VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said. Rachel Messer told reporters after a police news conference on the case that Pete Vasquez’s family hopes for “a…

  • Police sketch of meteorologist shooting suspect released

    TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities have released a sketch of a suspect in the shooting a Central Texas television meteorologist outside the studio where the weatherman worked. Trooper D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the sketch was drawn during a hospital bed interview of KCEN-TV meteorologist Patrick Crawford. Doctors at Scott…

  • Day care owner pleads in boy’s death in murky pool

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia day care owner has pleaded guilty in the drowning of a boy who attended her unlicensed center. Thirty-two-year-old Tianna Edwards faces up to 22 years in prison at sentencing. She pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Prosecutors say it took police nine hours to find 7-year-old…

  • Phoenix police chief fired after union strife

    PHOENIX (AP) — Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has been fired, just hours after he held a news conference to request a two-year contract from the city to silence his critics. City officials announced Garcia’s termination Thursday afternoon. Phoenix Vice Mayor Jim Waring says City Manager Ed Zuercher told Garcia not to hold the…

  • Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. Aspiring rapper Rashad Charjuan Owens has remained jailed on capital murder charges since the March…

  • NYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over drug trafficking. Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, was ordered held on $2 million bail at a…

  • Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office revealed late Wednesday that it was…

  • Amid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada’s regulators Thursday but not without limits and a promise that the nightlife magnate would remain under heavy scrutiny. Nazarian’s license expires in a year, bars him from being involved in casino…

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure…

  • Judge orders ex-billionaire jailed for contempt

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered Tim Blixseth jailed after the onetime billionaire and embattled real estate mogul failed to comply with an order to pay nearly $14 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort. At a hearing in Butte, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon said the Yellowstone Club…

  • Mom jailed in custody case, says daughter safe

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman who was accused of fleeing with her daughter to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago and recently returned home was sent back to jail Thursday to await trial. Genevieve Kelley returned to New Hampshire last month to face a custodial-interference charge in Coos County. She won’t…

  • 2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

    BOSTON (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Boal issued an electronic order saying that the U.S. attorney’s office had “not met its…

  • Oregon high court says injured skier can sue

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a ski resort’s liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing. The justices ruled Thursday that it was not in the public interest to allow the Mount Bachelor resort’s liability waiver to stand. The ruling sends the case back to the Deschutes County…

  • 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…