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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…

  • 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…

  • 2nd security clearance investigation contractor hacked

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say the private files of 48,439 workers may have been compromised by a computer breach at government contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. The hacking incident is the second this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of federal workers for the government. KeyPoint became the largest private…

  • Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation’s biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for…

  • US stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks as Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks lagged the market as the price of crude oil resumed its slide. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 35 points, or 1.7 percent, to 2,047 as of…

  • Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to “buy low.” A growing number of retailers are using software that changes online prices based on demand, competition, inventory and other factors. The…

  • 2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March and move into the International Space Station for an entire…

  • Report: Radiation leak at nuclear dump was small

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized. The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.…

  • Holiday gifts for stargazers

    Ho, ho, ho! Happy holidays! Welcome to the “What’s Up? The Space Place” holiday edition to get some great gift ideas for that stargazer of yours. OK, you have six shopping days left, but don’t panic. Internet shopping and quick shipping will get that star-minded someone, including possibly yourself, their gift in plenty of time.…

  • SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said a test firing of the rocket engines earlier this week…

  • 3-D prosthetics give dog freedom (Video)

    WASHINGTON — A dog with no front paws learned to run with the help of a 3-D printer. A promotional video for 3D Systems tells the story of how the company’s 3-D-printed prosthetics allowed Derby, a disabled dog, to run upright for the first time. Derby was born with a congenital deformity characterized by small…

  • Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

    DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can’t reach, and they can do it at…

  • In botched cyberattack on Syria group, some see hand of IS

    LONDON (AP) — A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal. Internet watchdog Citizen Lab says an attempt to hack into systems operated by dissidents within the self-styled caliphate could be the work of hackers affiliated with the Islamic State…

  • ‘Interview’ ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — How do you say “damage control” in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony’s miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. Now…

  • A look at North Korea’s cyberwar capabilities

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence. Experts…