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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

James Holmes' parents plead against death penalty
DENVER (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.... 12/19/2014 2:26 PM

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.... 12/19/2014 1:29 PM

Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.... 12/19/2014 8:14 AM

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.... 12/19/2014 8:02 AM

China's wealth finds home in Washington state
MEDINA, Wash. (AP) -- Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.... 12/19/2014 8:47 AM

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 2:06 PM

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