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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 traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.... 12/18/2014 9:05 PM

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack
ATLANTA (AP) -- Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.... 12/19/2014 5:15 AM

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.... 12/18/2014 10:02 PM

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.... 12/18/2014 11:43 PM

US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.... 12/19/2014 6:42 AM

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.... 12/18/2014 7:06 PM

Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife
DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."... 12/19/2014 1:35 AM

'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.... 12/18/2014 10:43 PM

Federal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is expected to testify in a federal challenge to the state's death penalty.... 12/19/2014 6:37 AM

Marathon bombing survivor in 'Yes to Dress' finale
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride.... 12/19/2014 6:59 AM