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  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it…

  • Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing…

  • Prosecutors: Fraudster used funds to freeze wife

    NEW YORK (AP) — An accused financial fraudster used backers’ money for a personal and uncommon purpose, prosecutors say: to have his wife’s body cryogenically frozen. While telling investors he was putting their money in…

  • Raul Castro says detente won’t change Cuban system

    HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington…

  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/H8SWZA ) the sales are…

  • Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually. By the time Congress limped out of town last week, one…

  • DWI charges for woman who sought driving job

    FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a northern New York woman has been arrested on charges of driving drunk after trying to apply for a job — as a driver for a social services…

  • Falling oil prices worry Algeria

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch. Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia…

  • Big moves bring big hope for Chicago baseball

    CHICAGO (AP) — As the cranes and trucks hummed just beyond the chain-link fence along Waveland Avenue, Erika Pflederer stopped to take it all in. She could see the exposed back of Wrigley Field’s brick…

  • Judge dismisses suit by family saved at sea

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a satellite phone company by a California couple rescued with their sick 1-year-old from a disabled sailboat that was attempting to circle the world.…

  • Why the Sony hack isn’t big news in Japan

    Japan’s biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn’t about hacking. It was about the company’s struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the…

  • Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

    GAIL, Texas (AP) — The Muleshoe Ranch’s profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state. Three…

  • Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba’s oil future

    MIAMI (AP) — One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba’s northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes…

  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn’t complete. Don’t fret — you aren’t alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping…

  • Ruble crisis threatens Kontinental Hockey League

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America. As the league planned to expand…