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N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.... 12/18/2014 8:38 AM

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
NEW YORK (AP) -- Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."... 12/18/2014 2:25 AM

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.... 12/18/2014 2:31 AM

Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place - traffic court.... 12/18/2014 6:46 AM

Freed American endured years of declining health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye.... 12/17/2014 9:58 PM

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.... 12/18/2014 7:20 AM

Inmates: State's lethal injection unconstitutional
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suffering from the state's lethal injection protocol.... 12/18/2014 6:50 AM

Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.... 12/18/2014 6:39 AM

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.... 12/18/2014 5:36 AM

'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.... 12/18/2014 7:20 AM