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N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. official says North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the hack, "The Interview."... 12/18/2014 4:01 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

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 5:45 AM

Doctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution told a federal judge Wednesday that he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.... 12/18/2014 12:34 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

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (AP) -- Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.... 12/18/2014 1:50 AM

Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes
MIAMI (AP) -- President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barbershop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.... 12/18/2014 12:49 AM

Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.... 12/18/2014 6:05 AM