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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his…

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place…

  • Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Obama: Sony made mistake in shelving film under pressure by North Korea hackers; vows response WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot…

  • Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading…

  • 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…

  • Obama: Sony made mistake in shelving film under pressure by North Korea hackers; vows response

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving “The Interview” after the company’s computer systems were hacked. The satirical film is about a plot to assassinate…

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters…

  • Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for continuing their campaign against Japanese whalers to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. In 2012, the court…

  • Things to know about Friday’s baseball news

    There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:…

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US

    The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement…

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill…