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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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  • 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…

  • Obama signs legislation ending benefits for Nazis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits. The president’s action Thursday caps a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed dozens of former Nazis received millions of dollars in retirement checks. The No Social…

  • Slain German teen’s parents testify about ordeal

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken. Celal and Gulcin Dede testified about the impact of their 17-year-old son’s death, saying they’ve been unable to work or plan for…

  • Trauma expert: Kidnapping, rape victim can thrive

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents this week, a trauma expert said Thursday there’s every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive. A 205-count indictment released Wednesday charges Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, with…

  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to…

  • Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

    BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery’s title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney. A corrected version of the story is below: 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak 14 employees at ‘filthy’ pharmacy…

  • California power regulator to address allegations

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

  • US prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the resolution, offered by Jordan and pushed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, is unlikely to face an immediate vote. Israel has…

  • Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight at…

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendant competent

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A state psychiatrist determined that the girl would be able to assist in her defense, but…

  • Mother pleads after boy, 2, kills sister with gun

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment after her 2-year-old son picked up a loaded .357 revolver and fatally shot his 11-year-old sister. The toddler found the gun under a bed and shot Jamara Stevens while their mother, 31-year-old Tiffany Goldwire, was in the bathroom on April…

  • New ties with Cuba won’t change immigration rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration’s decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won’t impact immigration rules just yet. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. would normalize relations with the island’s Communist government and open a U.S. embassy sometime next year. In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea…

  • Reformers target traffic courts after Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court. It was there, they said, that low-income drivers sometimes saw their lives upended by minor infractions that led to larger problems.…

  • Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a “deep-seated culture of violence” toward young inmates. The move comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the 10-jail lockup…

  • ‘Prison Houdini’ set to make his 1st legal escape

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago. But the man dubbed Florida’s “prison Houdini” kept escaping instead of simply serving…